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In this post, I am going to tell you how I lost 50 pounds in a year. And really I could have lost 50 pounds in under a year but you know we all have our little setbacks. BUT before I get into how I lost 50 pounds, I want to give you some of my history in the sense that I had never really been overweight in my life. I was always a thick girl sure, but I was never morbidly obese.
That was until I started getting older as in 30 plus. I never paid attention to what I ate, it never really made a difference, and I could eat what I wanted and still remain within a decent weight range. But as I aged, I continued to eat whatever I wanted not paying attention to the fact that I was gaining so much weight.
I noticed that my clothing did not fit sure, but then I thought maybe I had gained 15 pounds at the most. It was not until I went to the doctor and I was like 60 pounds over my average weight! I was over 200lbs in which I had never been in my entire life. Even when I was 9 months pregnant, I had not exceeded the 200-pound mark.
I knew something had to change, BUT I felt defeated because it seemed like I had so much weight to lose. I did not want to diet, I did not like exercise, and thus losing the weight felt defeating.
Especially since I had 60 pounds to drop. FIRST, I decided to do smart lipo. Which is just a sculpting procedure? When I actually stepped on the scale after the procedure I did not lose any weight. It is more like a trick that sculpts your body to look better, but really you can be the same exact weight than before the procedure.
BUT I was super lucky in the sense that the same doctor that did the smart lipo procedure offered a dieting plan that I could be on, and that is when I started learning about how to eat.
Before we get into the rest of the post, I want to point out that even as a Christian I had to learn how important taking care of your body was. Because I never really thought of being healthy as something that was Godly. I want to take an actual excerpt from my Single Mom’s Devotional (click here to buy) that really motivated me to change how ate and how I took care of myself.
Excerpt from my book about taking care of your health.
In Biblical times, when someone sacrificed an animal, it could NOT be some low-budget looking animal that had matted fur and was about to die anyway. The animal to be sacrificed had to be the best of the best. It had to have a pleasing appearance and be without blemish (Numbers 6:14).
So since you are offering up yourself to God, you need to look the same way. Do not offer some strung-out version of yourself before God. Do not go out in the world, telling people how full you are in Christ but looking like you held on to the bumper of a car and allowed it to drag you for a mile or two.
No one is going to believe how full you are in Christ if you look as if you are suffering. Be a living sacrifice to God. When people look at you, they should see that you look so happy, healthy, and well taken care of that they want some of what you got.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Even though I felt defeated, talking to God about my health is what allowed me to start taking my health a lot more seriously. And why I am going to encourage all of you out there to do the same. Let me get into how I lost 50 pounds in a year! Which I also talk about in my video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel by clicking here.
How I Lost 50 Pounds The Doctor Diet
The first 25 pounds I lost was on this doctor prescribed diet. On this diet, I did not do any real exercise at all, and that was my choice. I did not even get up and walk around like talking about. You can read about what I ate by clicking here.
The diet mostly consisted of:
- Breakfast: Greek yogurt (with fruit) or egg
- Lunch and dinner: Meat and green veggies with no added salt or salt-based seasoning.
- Snack: Some type of sugar-free desserts such as pudding, jello, and even sugar-free popsicles. Or two kinds of fruit a day.
- Drinks: Water, coffee and tea (no added sugar and some cream)
I lost about 25 pounds on this diet, but as you can tell the diet, it is not a long-term plan if you want to enjoy life. So after this diet, I went back to eating some things that I was not supposed to eat. I did not gain the weight back, but I certainly did not lose weight. Notice the reason why I was not mastering losing more weight is that I was really immobile. I did not even walk around. BUT I did learn the importance of what you ate. On this diet I was still losing weight but not doing much physical activity, it just goes to show what you put in your body counts for a lot.
How I Lost 50 Pounds on Keto
The next eating that I tried was keto. A keto diet is a diet in which you get a lot of protein, fat, and low carbs. I found this diet really hard to do for the simple fact that is a lot harder to get enough fat then what you may think. I could control my carb intake but actually getting into a keto state was like a guess. I did eat less than 20 carbs a day, and then I hoped I was eating enough fat. But to know for sure the status of my keto state I decided to get these keto strips (click here to buy) that told me exactly when I was in keto and how far I was in keto.
A sample of what I would each on the diet was.
- Breakfast: Egg, Greek plain yogurt (no fruit or vanilla)
- Lunch/Dinner: avocado, protein, and some green veggies
- Unlike the first diet, I did not eat any fruits because of the sugar and carbs it had in them.
I did not last long on this diet because it was so limiting. But I did lose an additional 10 pounds.
How I Lost 50 Pounds “ My Own Diet That I Made Up
Even though I was losing weight the fact of the matter is that these diets were not going to be a permanent way of life for me. The reason being is because I liked to go out to eat, I loved going to restaurants, and I got tired of asking every place to eat I went to, to modify a meal for me to fit my diet restrictions and the food was not even enjoyable when I did that. That is when I decided to do my own thing, and that is when I lost the remaining 15 pounds. The main thing that I learned was. “Everything in Moderation.”
Since I had been on past diets and had success with them. A lot of habits from those diets contributed to this new diet I was going to come up with myself. And they included the following.
First, chill out on the sugar.
If you notice the above diets, there is nothing that I am eating that has processed sugar in it. It is still like that most days. The reason being is because I went so long without having sugar now when I eat it the food taste too sweet, and sometimes I get a stomach ache. So now I am able to go without having sugar for a lot longer, and when I do crave sugar, I can eat something with a little bit of sugar in it. No longer am I binging on cookies or cake or something. My sugar intake is minimal. As in once a week.
Second, chill out on the carbs
Once again if you notice the above diets, they have no carbs in them. But I do not want to live without carbs forever. When I went on the diets I realized how many carbs I was actually taking in and it was A LOT. Now even though I consume carbs, it is not as much as it used to be and I really try to cut them out where I can.
For example, if I am at a restaurant that serves bread. I will try not to have a piece, and if I must, then I would limit it to one bread or even a half of a piece. Also, if there is a meal I am getting at a restaurant, then I will try not to have rice or pasta and instead go for the proteins or the veggies. If there is a carb on my plate, then I would try not to finish it all OR I opt for having a better carb like brown rice, wheat bread, or even quinoa. These are small things that make a big difference.
Third, don’t drink all your calories.
Now I drink my coffee black. And although some of you may be cringing at the thought of drinking black coffee trust me you get used to it. When you realized that an entire cup of black coffee is about 5 calories compared to the 400 calories in your caramel mocha.
You realize that you are drinking up a lot of your calories. For example, if you have that cafe mocha (400 calories), two cans of soda in a day (300 calories), and one cup of juice (136 calories) then that is 836 calories per day in JUST liquid. That is most of your calorie intake for the day, and you can be eating those calories over drinking them. At least, eating them will keep you fuller longer. PLUS the amount of sugar and sodium that is in all these drinks just makes things worse.
Instead, as I said before, I drink black coffee and/or tea. Next, I drink just water, sparkling water, or even those little zero-calorie drops that go in your water if you need flavor. Last, if you need some type of soda then drink diet. Diet soda is not the best for you but it is zero-calorie, no sugar, and it can help your soda craving. In my opinion, it is a much better option than drinking a regular can of soda.
Last, something that I decided to incorporate in my diet is intermittent fasting. There are different types of intermittent fasting.
- The 16/8 Method involves fasting every day for 14-16 hours and restricting your daily “eating window” to 8-10 hours.
- The 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week while restricting calories to 500-600 on two days of the week.
- Eat-Stop-Eat involves a 24-hour fast, either once or twice per week.
- Alternate-Day fasting means fasting every other day.
- It involves eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day, then eating one huge meal at night. Basically, you “fast” all day and “feast” at night within a 4-hour eating window.
My type of fasting I follow is 16/8. I really try to consume all of my calories within an 8-10 hour period. I do drink my coffee in the morning, but as long as you drink something that is under 50 calories, then it will not take you out of your fasting state. Which is another reason why black coffee is ideal? It is under 50 calories, will not take you out of your fasting state, and it curves your appetite to keep you from feeling as hungry. At first, you may struggle, but once you get used to the 8-10 hour window, you will feel your body getting fuller, faster, and staying full as your body adjusts to the new diet.
How I Lost 50 Pounds ~ Movement
Remember when I told you that I was on my doctor’s diet and I literally had no movement throughout the day because of my office job? But I still lost weight. I told myself, imagine how adding some sort of movement to your day will help your weight loss. Since I am not a massive exercise person I did not go out and do some type of strenuous thing.
All I did was walk. During my breaks at work (two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break) I would pull myself away from the desk and go out to walk every single day aiming for at least 6,000 steps a day. If you can hit 10,000 steps, then that is even better. It became a really easy way to get in movement. My steps are counted on my phone or some sort of Fitbit or step watch. Which you can see some great options to count your steps below.
Walking along with all the other things that I did with my diet attributed to the rest of my 15-pound weight loss. And they are lifestyle changes. I do not feel like I am missing out on anything or depriving myself of anything. And it is so easy that anyone can do it.
I hope that my tips encouraged you to make your own lifestyle change and know that if you have massive amounts of weight to lose then do not feel that it is impossible. Just make small changes, and I promise you, you will get there. Also, check out my video on why it is important to take care of yourself below.
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