How I am Losing Weight and Getting Healthy

I get a lot of questions about what specifically I have done to lose weight and get fit… I’m going to write up a few pieces to give the details

This one is about nutrition, first in the series
Getting started:
At the start of this journey in August 2016) when I topped out at 275 lbs I estimate I was eating 3000-3500 calories per day.
Most of that was at the end of the day and a large portion of that was snacks.
At that time my metabolism was slower than a tortoise, and I would often go 10-12 hours at work all day without eating.
I would binge eat when I got home usually shoveling in some animal crackers or chips while getting dinner together.
Dinner itself was fairly often take out from Q’Doba (nachos), Taco Bell (nachos and bean burritos), pasta (Fazolis or homemade), restaurant size salads with bread (Doubledays), pizza (Dewey’s or Papa John’s) or just going out to eat at any number of places around town.
You see what isn’t on that list? Fresh home cooked food full of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains and nuts and beans.
So the very first thing I did was to cut back on snacks- eating one bag of animal crackers instead of two for instance. I also started to watch my portion sizes- eating a single portion or at most two portions instead of 2-3 routinely. And I started to make sure I was drinking at least 80 ounces of water per day.
With just these changes, no other diet, no exercise I lost the first 20 pounds. It was losing that first weight that made me realize I could do it and I needed to step up my game!

1 Comment

  1. Paula says:

    My first diet was the 1/2 diet meaning eating 1/2 of what I used to. Doing that resulted in a 20 pound weight loss. Now I try eating as healthy & wholesome as possible most days. But there are times when I will eat pizza or cake.


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