Losing weight seems like a complicated and tedious task, but if we want to feel healthy and put those on again pants that we no longer have left, we must change our way of thinking.
Our health and – why not? – having the body of our dreams should not cause us annoyance; after all, it’s about improving our lives and self-esteem. If you need some boost, these 16 people who drastically lost weight shared their secrets and experiences, and will make you see that the effort is always worth it in the end.
1. Your body will grow stronger over time
In a year and a half I lost 59 kilos. I started with a drastic change in my eating habits. I also started spinning. At first I could only go once a week but my body got stronger and stronger. Now I am fit enough to go five days a week.
2. Walk patiently and don’t run towards your goal
I lost more than 58 kilos! I started walking every day and eventually I did it for an hour. Then I changed my diet. Something that really helps is doing something healthy that is to your liking, and for me it is walking. Now I love to exercise and be healthy.
3. Food is friend, not enemy
So far I have lost 48 kilos! When I started college I weighed more than ever, 129 kilograms. It took me four years to lose 81 kilos, and I spent the last few years recovering my muscle mass. Instead of continuing my unhealthy relationship with food, I looked for healthy and sustainable eating options that fit my busy schedule and being able to prepare my food; I also stopped eating out of boredom or emotional reasons. As soon as food became an ally and not an enemy, everything else fit together perfectly.
4. Magic diets are everything, except magic
I have been great all my life and I tried many diets with which I lost weight but I gained it again. I am also very special with food, so diets that eliminated certain foods completely did not work for me. What served me best was keeping track of what I ate and the calories. If I had a craving and really wanted something, I would allow it, but I made sure I was more aware of what I ate the rest of the day. Exercise has also been an important factor. I lost 72 kilos in two years.
5. A great change begins little by little
It took me 23 months to reach my goal of losing 68 kilos, but I don’t regret a single day. I started small, but then I gained resistance and made sure to walk several kilometers each day.
6. Do activities that you feel comfortable with
I was really embarrassed going to the gym to take a class, and when I found out about the good results of zumba I bought the game for Wii. I played at home and exercised five to six days a week. I’ve always been a lover of games, so I didn’t feel like I was exercising, for me it was entertainment and that’s what motivated me. It helped me lose 68 kilos in three years.
7. Changing food does 75% of the work
I lost 51 kilos in about a year and a half. I lost a lot of that weight simply by changing my diet and watching what I ate. A few months ago I joined the gym and with the help of a personal trainer and a lot of effort I have lost 9 more kilos. Moving more and eating less processed food is what has really helped me on this journey.
8. The secret is to never give up
I always enjoyed eating carbohydrates and sugary foods, but just under three years ago I committed to a low-carb, high-fat healthy diet, increased the amount of water I drank, and started spinning. When my weight dropped, my energy increased. I started walking, jogging, and finally joined a CrossFit gym. I stagnated like many people, but I reactivated myself over time. To date I have lost 98 kilos.
9. Say goodbye to sugary drinks
I started in July 2017 and I weighed 173 kilos. I joined a gym, put down sodas and made my own meals. Besides soft drinks, I have not eliminated any other food or drink from my lifestyle; in the end the important thing is to watch the portions. I lost 70 kilos in 18 months.
10. Emotions play a very important role
The first thing I did, and that helped me lose 50 kilos, was to put down sodas and monitor my emotional eating. These steps finally helped me choose better foods, I started cooking at home and became more aware of portion sizes. I also started psychological therapy. I used to exercise a lot when I weighed more, but now my joints don’t hurt anymore and I suffer less injuries.
11. You must regain momentum
I lost 48 kilos in a year and three months thanks to a change in diet and a constant exercise routine. No tricks, no magic diets, no powders, pills, smoothies or girdles. I had hit rock bottom in my life after dropping out of college, owing $ 3,000 in rent, and being diagnosed with major depressive disorder. I chose to try one more time for my sake and I am thankful that I did.
12. Love your body as it is, but also take care of it
I always loved my body, even with 167 kilos, but I knew it should be healthier. I downloaded an app, my goal was to maintain a calorie plan without having to ban certain foods. Little by little, I discovered how to replace some foods with healthier options, like mixing cauliflower rice with normal rice to feel like I was eating more, or preparing different vegetables that would make my portions look bigger. I indulged in cravings from time to time because I knew this would not work if I always deprived myself of my favorite foods. I lost 77 kilos on my own and never felt better.
13. Let’s take advantage of Applications and devices
In a year and a half I went from 105 kilos and a size 20 to 57 kilos and a size 2. I stopped eating when I was bored, stopped drinking soda and started walking more. I also started drinking much more water. Another thing that helped me was getting a Fitbit smart watch because it allowed me to keep track of my progress.
14. It all comes down to constancy
I lost 47 kilos in a period of 13 months with small and consistent changes. I started preparing all my meals at home and then added exercises little by little. I ran my tenth half marathon this year. My best advice for starters is to take one step at a time, your life will not change completely overnight.
15. Do it for someone important in your life
I started my fitness journey because I wanted to be a good example of health for my son. As soon as I was born I started walking and changed my diet. Now I do weight lifting, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and have a healthy diet. It has worked for me, and I have lost 45 kilos!
16. It is not diet, it is an improvement in your life
I started my fitness process in October 2017 and so far I have lost 58 kilos. The big change I made was to drop the calorie drinks. Now I only drink natural or mineral water. I also learned to keep track of my calories for each meal, and every day I try to walk at least 12 thousand steps. I don’t like to say that I’m on a diet, it’s just a complete change in lifestyle. Now I can run after my son and up the stairs without getting agitated.