Buzzfeed had asked some of his community members to share their weight loss journey and people came with the tips that helped them to lose weight.
These stories by people who transformed themselves from fat to fit will inspire to start exercising.
1.Sarah Ronchetti shared: ‘’At the beginning of 2018, I had been at my heaviest since having my second child. I wanted to feel good about myself and get healthy for my kids.
I first started by making tiny changes in my diet (like substituting regular cream and sugar in my coffee for skim milk and Splenda).After the first two months of changing what I was eating, I joined a small local gym that does HIIT (high-intensity interval training).
I never thought I’d love working out so much, but I felt so strong and really started to see my body change.It was a total lifestyle change. It wasn’t easy, but in total I lost 45 pounds in 2018. ’’
2. Heather shared: ‘’I’ve spent the last three years making small decisions every day for a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been trading fast food for meal-prepped food, and I’ve subbed Netflix marathons for ultramarathons on trails.’’
‘’I’ve dropped 120+ pounds and gained a whole new world! No fad diets, no supplements, no pills, and no weird shakes – just good, old, better nutrition and exercise. The key was that I never called it a “diet.” Instead, I chose to find a sustainable lifestyle that would ensure I stuck with it. Maintaining my weight around 150 pounds from 270+ has completely changed the trajectory of my life!’’
3.Alis shared: ‘’I spent years using food as an escape from my depression and anxiety, and I hid behind my computer playing video games.
Then I got a dog (two puppy Australian Cattle Dogs, to be exact).They were nuts, and I couldn’t keep up with them. They deserved more, and I knew it was time for a change. I started to eat better, and from there I took baby steps. Eventually the weight came off.
I spent too much time letting my mental illness control my life.Every day gets better. So far I’ve lost 90 pounds (from 260 to 170). ’’
Olivia shared: ‘’In February of 2016, I got a Fitbit.I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It taught me about calorie counting, exercise, and overall wellness. The biggest thing that helped me was realizing that your weight isn’t always going to drop.
You’ll have weeks where things stay the same, weeks where your weight goes up, and weeks where it goes down, but don’t focus on your weight in the short term.Focus on the long term. ’’
‘’It’s been three years since then, and I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds. It really helped to set achievable goals for myself. I’m so proud of myself for the determination I’ve shown over the last several years. If you’re not in it for the right reasons, and if you aren’t dedicated, then you won’t lose weight/get healthy/feel stronger/whatever your goal is.’’
5. Sarie Bronish shared: ‘’I wrote my future-self a letter in case I ever needed motivation. I was as honest as I could ever be, and the letter was heartbreaking. However, it was real, and I needed it many times. It helped me get through my hardest days. As a result, I lost 95 pounds in about 18 months.’’
6.Tori shared: ‘’I was miserable, pre-diabetic, and insulin resistant with awful PCOS symptoms. Then I started keto (a high-fat, low-carb diet) back in January of 2018.
After nearly a year, I’ve lost almost 70 pounds, gotten myself out of pre-diabetic status, and reversed my insulin resistance.I also barely experience any PCOS symptoms. The thing that really got me through it was by starting an Instagram account to document my entire keto journey.
It’s helped me stay motivated by being a part of a community!’’
7. Dylan shared: ‘’So far I’ve lost 106 pounds! I was at my heaviest at 286 pounds back when I started college. It took me four years to get down to 180 pounds, and I spent the last few years rebuilding my muscle mass and getting to a healthier weight.’’
‘’My biggest saving grace was meal-prepping. Instead of continuing my unhealthy relationship with food, I began appreciating how to create healthy and sustainable eating options that worked with my busy schedule and kept me from getting bored and from emotionally overeating. As soon as food became an ally rather than an enemy, everything else started to fall into place.’’
‘’Another huge lifestyle change was switching from unrealistic goals (like wanting to loose xx pounds in a year) to achievable lifestyle changes (like wanting to work out three times a week, or replacing sugary drinks with water). Setting yourself up for small successes at the beginning leads to incredibly big successes at the end of the day.’’
8.Tarad shared: ‘’I’m a flight attendant, so I’m always on the go and eating at fast-food places. The WW app was the backbone to my success, because they have the point value of all the menu items at every chain restaurant, and it steered me in the right direction! Everyone thinks they have to meal prep to lose weight, but most fast-food joints have hopped on the healthy trend, so it’s actually easy to eat healthy on the go! I’ve lost 70 pounds in about eight months!’’
9. Cody shared: ‘’Over the last four years, I’ve lost 60+ pounds. The best motivation for losing weight and keeping it off for me was to learn to love and respect myself. Coming out, cutting toxic people and negativity from life, and learning what I wanted from life helped me to stop comforting myself with food.’’
‘’Going to the gym consistently, eating when my body told me to eat, and drinking a lot of water were also habits I created slowly. Don’t pressure yourself, and don’t take it too seriously. Being patient, kind, and loving to yourself can be the biggest factors to becoming the better version of you that you want to be.’’
10.Sarah shared: ‘’Over four years I lost 130 pounds. It all started with my mom’s unexpected death from a heart attack, which caused me to reevaluate my own health choices.
I started making tiny changes, like eliminating soda (which was a huge help) and walking instead of driving when possible.The usual things you’d assume – like focusing on your nutrition and exercising – really do work over time.
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