Advice to someone wanting to start their own weight loss journey:
I was overweight and knew I couldn’t continue with my current eating habits if I wanted to seriously lose weight. I started to think of weight loss in terms of permanently changing those eating habits. I realized I had to make a lifestyle change for good. This doesn’t mean you can never have your favorite foods or treats (we are all human), but you will need to learn how to limit these foods to small quantities and only for special occasions.
Tell us about your weight loss transition from where you were to where you are now:
I learned my irregular eating habits (having a coach’s schedule) disrupted my body’s metabolism all the time, which made it harder to lose weight. This was one of the first things I had to change. I began keeping a daily diary of everything I would eat and drink each day. I used an app on my phone to track my daily foods. Then I began eating a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with a small healthy snack between meals. This was one of the most important lifestyle changes I made. By making healthier choices and eating less (portion size), I was able to use up existing stores of fat. But don’t be tempted to skip breakfast – or any meal to lose weight (I use to do this). While skipping a meal would reduce my calorie intake, it would also slow my metabolism and leave me much hungrier later on. I learned how to keep my metabolism working with small amounts of healthy foods throughout the entire day. And finally, I needed to be patient in the beginning, because I knew it would take a week or two before I noticed any changes. And boy did I! After the first month I was able to hear and see the results. Compliments from co-workers and looser fitting cloths just confirmed I made the right decision to make a lifestyle change. I am now at my college playing weight, plus wearing a size 36 from a size 44 pants.
*NOTE: Results may vary for each patient depending on the patient’s medical history and level of compliance with our program which includes, among other things, nutrition and exercise counseling. Read full disclaimer.*