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Old 07-10-2018, 08:19 AM   #1  
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Smile How I lost 70lbs (...and counting)

Hi guys, so although I'm new to this forum, I have been a part of the weight loss struggle for a while.

Since losing a bit over 70lbs, I wanted to share my diet in the hopes that it would help other people, because I know the struggle of going through 100's of websites, avoiding clickbait whilst trying to find the perfect weight loss solution.

It's especially challenging trying to take on this mammoth task on your own- trust me, I've been there.

So hopefully this helps.

I've always been overweight, it was just one of those things. It only hit me when I hit 100kgs (220lbs) on the scale. That was my wake up call. After going through a depressive episode, I frantically googled diets and weight loss tips. That's when I found the holy grail, I mean, I had no idea at the time and maybe I sound a bit dramatic but you'll see.

It's called 'The Fast Methabolism Diet' and honestly the internet is sleeping on this diet because it helped me lose so much of weight and I didn't even have to starve myself or count calories. Also, you don't even need to buy the book because all the steps are on a couple of different websites with the appropriate foods etc.

I'm just going to copy and paste a summary here because whenever I try to explain it to someone I end up confusing them:

"Many people follow low-calorie diets, which make your body move to starvation mode and stubbornly hold on to weight. This diet claims to kick you out of that habit. In all the phases, you’re avoiding foods that cause irritation or inflammation in the GI tract and can slow your bowels and create insulin resistance. Phase 1, Unwind, gently persuades your metabolism that it is no longer in an emergency situation. Fat and protein are harder to digest than carbohydrates like grains and fruit, so by keeping these low, the body is soothed and encouraged. Phase 2, Unlock, allows for the mobilization of stored energy in the form of fat, so that you can burn it as fuel. Phase 3, Unleash, is when you start burning the fat you unlocked in Phase 2, as well as the fat you’re eating." ​
So with this in mind I started my weight loss journey. It was November 2016, I weighed 101,4 kgs (224lbs), height 5'1 and I was 23 years old.

Trying to implement this diet is overwhelming at first, wtf is arrowroot powder even? But eventually you get the hang of it- and you don't even have to spend a ton of money buying the unusual ingredients the diet says you can eat. If this post does pique anybody's interest I can give a brief overview of my eating plan.

Within the first 2 weeks of this diet I had lost 2 kgs (4.5 lbs)! Whaaat! Okay, fine, maybe most of it was water weight but who t f cares when you see that scale going down.

Then Christmas came along, and we all know how that ended. But by this point I weighed 94.4 kgs (208lbs) and I convinced myself that I deserved a cheat (didn't take much convincing). By January I was back on the diet, not as strict as usual though, during these months I was trying to get into a masters graduate program and find a job so I was stressed out. I mention this because I believe that you can lose much more than I did on this diet if you just stick to it properly- easier said than done.

By September 2017, through the birthdays, dinner parties, graduations and functions, I had managed to lose 14kgs (31lbs).

But wait. I hit a plateau. I knew this would happen because I was eating the same food for 11 months. So I decided to sign up for the gym- I started off with cardio three times a week and then by January 2018 decided I had to start with a bit of weight training (loose skin horror stories kept me up at night).

By October 2017, I wasn't happy with how slowly I was losing weight and tried looking into different methods of dieting or just ways in which I could switch up my current diet. I found it- Intermittent fasting (16/8). If you can deal with a grumbling tummy for the first few days- this diet's for you! It was definitely tough in the beginning, cutting down from three meals to two, but eventually you get used to it and wonder how you even ate that much food before.

In December 2017, following another Christmas, I weighed in at 81.8kgs (180lbs).

AND I hit another plateau. FML.

Saw the Keto craze and after reading all the success stories I tried this. Geez, how do people with 9/5 jobs even do this diet? Counting macros and then calories and weighing the spinach and ugh. It was a lot. Initially it was worth it because I lost 2kgs, but after a few days the weight staggered again and it was just too much effort without enough result.

So I headed back to The Metabolism Diet again. Much easier, no counting calories, and I wasn't starving myself. I don't follow it that strictly now and I try to go to the gym at least 3/4 times a week whilst implementing Intermittent Fasting. I think by now my body may be used to the whole process so starting from yesterday I started the Apple Cider Vinegar detox (from yesterday morning till today I lost 0.6kgs (1lbs), and the ACV was the only difference).Also from today I started doing something different with my oats by mixing it up with chia seeds overnight and adding some peanut butter. Lets see if this works.

Currently, and about nearly two years later, I weigh 69kgs (152 lbs) and I've lost a total of 32.4 kgs (71.2lbs). I don't even remember a time when I even weighed this low!

Because I'm so short my goal weight is around 60kgs (132lbs) and hopefully I can crack it within the next few months.

Okay so here are some points to note during your weight loss journey:
  • You think two years is a long time but no, time flies so quickly. Stop stalling and just start.
  • Also, apparently, if your weight loss is over a longer period of time the loose skin horror is minimized. To date, I really only have loose skin under my arms, and it's not that major, but thankfully nowhere else. I also rub Shea butter, tissue oil and glycerin around loose skin prone areas- I don't know if this helps but I've gotten used to it and my skin is super moist (moist, lol).
  • You have to be determined, food is comfort and it's so hard to let go but you'll realize that you don't actually need to eat that huge piece of chocolate cake, no really, you don't.
  • Ask yourself, "Am I even hungry or am I just bored?". Seriously.
  • Sometimes your cravings get the better of you, and that's okay, just don't relapse completely. You'll end up feeling guilty- it is such a good feeling when you stick to your diet and know that you're doing what's best for your body in the long run.
  • Drink water, I mean, your new home may be the toilet for the first few weeks but it's so good for you.
  • There'll be temptation, when you're with your friends and family,but just remember- moderation. The only binging you need to do is on Netflix.
  • It gets better. I used to eat at least 4 slices of bread a day, now I don't even remember the last time I ate it. And POTATOES- God's gift to humanity?? I can actually do without it now. But you bet potatoes are the first thing I eat on a cheat day.
  • You can do it, seriously. Every time my mum sees me eating a vegetable she makes a joke about how the only vegetables I used to eat were potatoes. I actually eat broccoli now guys, and it's pretty tasty too.
So, I guess this is my story in a nutshell, hopefully someone reads this and realizes that it can be done and it is possible.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:45 PM   #2  
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Girl you need to share this with everyone. You have the recipe for success and I think everyone should see this. I love the fact you never gave up, and you made this a lifestyle and not some diet depriving yourself of life. We are all so proud of you. You're a true inspiration

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