How I lost 40 Kg – Tips for Losing Weight
June 10th, 2006 • General
This is a really embarrassing post, but whatever.
To keep it short, I used to weight 125 kg when I was friggin’ 16! That’s a whole 275 pounds. It was completely absurd. I’m 187 cm tall, that’s 6′ 1.6″, so 125 kg wasn’t right at all.
8 months later, I’m 87 kg, jumping like a monkey, happy like there’s no tomorrow.
So what did I do? Now, you have to understand that I’m neither a professional trainer nor am I a doctor, so you probably shouldn’t take this too seriously, especially not when its life-threatening or something. Here are a few tips and conclusions from my experience:
If you want to lose weight start now! Not next week, not tomorrow, but right now. Throw away that tasty candy, get rid of all greasy food, and go out jogging.
Special diets never work. Ever. If you lose your weight by following a diet, you’ll gain it back in just a few months. You need to eat, your body needs every type of food, from healthy vegetables to fat slobby hamburgers from time to time.
Eat properly. Get rid of your snacks and in-between-meals pleasures. Have three meals a day, make the last one bread and sugar-free.
Breakfast is the most essential meal, make sure you have it. It has to have everything, meat, milk, bread, vegetables and if you really feel like it you can have some sweets.
Don’t believe the myths of no-juice, no-fruit, non-fat diet cheatsheets. You can eat all you want, as long as it’s on breakfast. By the end of the day, your body simply burns and gets rid of the excess.
Try not to lose more than 1 kg per week. Excessive weight loss can be damaging, and you end up gaining more eventually.
Exercise, exercise, exercise. I can’t stress it enough. The basic idea is to burn a tiny bit more calories than what you consume. Once you start, get rid of the scales and start tracking your progress with a mirror. You wanna look good after all, don’t you?
Mass weight adds up to fat weight, remember that. When you start to exercise you lose lots of weight, but then you stop at a point where you can’t lose any more. That’s mass. If you’re exercising properly you’ll end up gaining more weight, but that’s good weight.
Heavy-lifting and body building shape a figure, but they don’t help you burn fat. 20-30 minutes of daily cardio (or sex) do. That’s how you can get those tight abs, burn fat.
Though I lost weight by doing body building, I used to do three out of four sets with light weights, the fourth set was extra heavy just to make me feel good (see point below).
Make sure you’re happy, even if it’s on the expense of your diet. If that means you just have to have that snickers in the morning, then by all means do it. If you start getting depressed, you’ll never lose weight, you’ll end up eating more.
Passion is a like a snowball, once you start working out you’ll start liking it, automatically eating less, and your body will choose the food for you so follow your cravings.
Don’t worry, you look fabulous.