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Losing Weight is a Tricky Battle

Have you struggled with your appearance or weight but didn't know what to do? You're not alone.

I have gained about 20 pounds in the last 3-4 years. Yes, 20. A lot of it seemed to happen during the pandemic. We couldn't go anywhere, we were bored at home, so I'd snack. It doesn't help that I was also constantly in sweatpants or leggings so I never realized how much I had gained until I finally went back to work and my jeans were feeling extra tight.

I couldn't get myself to workout on a daily basis or change the way I ate. Until one day, enough was enough.

I refused to fast because that seemed so unhealthy and I couldn't just not eat or I'd feel nauseous and dizzy. Instead, I took multiple quizzes to see how many calories I should be eating a day. According to my BMI, I was only allowed 1,200 calories a day. It was very hard to follow because as you can imagine 1,200 isn't very much. I started off feeling dizzy and I was constantly starving, along with some 'hangriness'. Yes it was working but I realized that is not how I wanted to live. I was extra stressed from trying not to overeat and doing all the math that goes into counting calories. So after about 3-4 months I got an idea of how much I should be eating and what foods were better for me. And mind you, I've stayed pretty consistent in weight the last couple months and would like to lose more, but I've told myself that at least I'm not regaining (knock on wood, am I right!?).

Another thing I did was go to the gym 3 days a week, working out for 30 min-1 hour. I would always do cardio; stair stepper, walk on an incline on the treadmill (I've tried running. It's not for me), rowing, elliptical, etc. I'd switch it up and also do some ab workouts. This method didn't seem to make a huge difference. So I did some research and realized, always doing cardio doesn't help lose belly fat, it's a calorie burner. Lifting weights can help burn fat. Ever since I've figured that out, I've been doing more weights. Specifically chest press, leg press, working out the biceps and triceps, shoulder press, bench press, etc. I still switch it up and do cardio machines one day, abs another, and weights another. It's important to have a routine and to stick with it.

Again, I'm still at a consistent weight, but I'm also gaining muscle. I'm gradually losing belly fat, slowly but surely. Losing fat takes a lot of time and work. Don't give up! You can do this!

I'm not saying this method will work for everyone, but so far I'm happier with my weight than I was a year ago. I've lost almost 10 pounds and I could lose more if I got myself to go to the gym more but you know how busy life can get.

So, my advice to you is, watch your portions. Maybe start measuring it out for a little while so you can get an idea of how much you should be eating. Make time for exercising (at least 2-3 days a week). When you buy groceries, pay attention to the ingredients and the total sugars and fats. You don't need to completely change your diet, but try to substitute for something on the healthier/lower calorie side.

Starting a weight loss journey is hard but if you put your mind to it and stick with it, you can do it! I said it before and I'll say it again, don't give up! You got this!!

Thanks for talking with me!

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