Many of us read my story and know that I have struggled with my weight all my life. I’ve told you about my past, what made me want to lose weight and how I struggled with learning how to stop when I felt satiated, but what I haven’t written about is how exactly I have done all that. What I ate and how I exercised in order to lose the 118 pounds that I lost. In this article I am going to do that, give you guys a little round up of the things I did that helped me achieve my present body.
Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat. I was morbidly obese and now I’m proud to say that I am not anymore. There are a few secret ways that will help you lose fat, but to be fair, they aren’t so secret after all – if you want to know how to lose weight read on and I hope I can be of help.
The key factor to my weight loss success was therapy, I’m not ashamed to admit it, because in order to lose weight and keep it off you need to change more than your diet and fitness routine. I mean, I’m not saying to losing weight is easy, but have you wondered what happens when you reach your goal? Do you just go back to old habits in time or do keep the weight off? I had done everything right: I had started eating a vegetarian diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables, I was exercising, but I sensed that there was still a problem that went beyond the physical. I talked to my doctor and he advised me to see a therapist specialized in eating disorders, because what I had was an eating disorder. My head was not relating to food the way it should and I was obese.
I remember having an epiphany on my first session. I knew that I was an emotional eater, that I would eat every time I would feel sad or bored, but what I didn’t know was what happened to be when I was eating because I was hungry. For example, at lunch I would eat massive amounts of food, I thought, because my stomach was bigger than the average person’s. In part it was true, but that wasn’t all there was. The reality was that my stomach wasn’t sending my brain the correct signals. Instead of telling it that it is full, it did quite the opposite and it sent the put more food in signals. I needed to retrain my stomach and my brain. But how would I do that? By really thinking about what it meant to eat and what the purpose of food was. I used to eat for pleasure all the time, the purpose was never just nourishment. Now I try to eat for pleasure only when something really makes my mouth wet.
Thinking about our ancestors and how our bodies are built really helped me a lot too. It was proven that when our stomachs are empty our brains work better – something that is reminiscent from when we used to need a clearer mind in order to acquire food. Now, we simply go out to the store and buy as much as we want. I found out the pleasure in eating a meal and then feeling light on my feet. It’s great to get up from finishing a meal and then not feeling sluggish and wanting to take a nap. Before I used to never be able to leave the house or even do any work after a large meal. I could only sit and digest – like an anaconda. I joke about it now, but it is no laughing matter.
To be honest, my best advice to you is to think about the cause rather than the effect. Why do you think you are obese? What made you like that? Discover the root of your issue and you’re on the way to recovery.
I truly hope my story inspires at least one person to get healthy and start eating right and exercising. All you need is determination and motivation and learning the basics on how to lose weight. But please bear in mind that you should always consult a physician before starting a diet or a weight loss program.