I wanted to touch on unhealthy ways of trying to lose weight. I have tried MANY!! BUT....when I was trying them, I never once thought about what they might do to me, in the long run. I see so many people, wanting to lose weight so desperately, that they will do whatever it takes, just to get them
"skinny". As you know, I was one of them. I see people I know using desperate means, to get skinny, fast. They use "diets" that will help them drop X pounds, in X amount of time. They choose methods that won't allow them to exercise, because they aren't consuming enough calories. Ok what is wrong that that sentence?!??! How can exercise be excluded in a weight loss journey??? This just blows my mind. I hear ads for this "wonder diet" on the radio. Women bragging, that they lost 30 pounds in 6 weeks and didn't have to exercise. Ok here comes the harsh reality of this, you will in fact, gain that weight back. Once you are "allowed" to eat food, your body will hold on to every single calorie. WHY??? Because you put your poor body into starvation mode. You cannot dip below a certain amount of calories and NOT workout and be successful at weight loss, for long term. I was there, I was bulimic for years. And all I got from it was this, MAJOR depression, MAJOR body dysmorphic disorder issues, MAJOR dental issues (12 cavities, 2 root canals, 2 crowns and now I need a dental implant), MAJOR mood swings, hair loss and brittle nails. SO....is a quick fix to "skinnydom" worth it. F*CK NO!!!!!!!!!!! Skipping meals will also not get you healthy and fit. Don't be afraid to eat!! And don't be afraid of weight training. To get that fit and trim body, you MUST do cardio AND weights. This combo burns calories and fat and tightens what is left, up!
I know the high you get, from losing weight. I know how good it feels, when people notice. It is addictive. But remember, when the weight comes back on, because you put your body through hell, all that goes away. The "high" you should want to achieve, is the one you get from feeling STRONG, FIT and IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH. These are the things that will keep you feeling amazing. It's those feelings that will last forever, if you do it the right way. I promise you, slow and steady wins the race. I know, because it took me over 2 years, to lose the first 75 pounds. After that, it took me a good 3-5 years to get the rest off. And in this journey, I slipped a few times, but knew the "right way" to get back on track. I have only fluctuated up, 20 pounds in the last oh, 15 years. If you ask me, that is success. I will take a gain of 20 pounds, after losing 115. I had to fail many times, to get here though. AND THAT IS OK!
It makes me so sad, to see so many people, only want to be skinny and do it the quick fix way. And I know I cannot tell them, it won't work. I know this first hand, you must figure it out on your own. I wish people knew just how much yummy food you can eat, and still lose weight. I wish they knew that working out 20-30 minutes a day, at home and eating clean foods, will get you there. And it will get you there without ever feeling like you are on a shitty diet.
I guess what I am really trying to get across is this, if you want to lose weight and be successful, take the word diet out of your vocabulary. Go into with the attitude that it's a way of life now. Don't do it because you have a wedding to go to, or be in, so you want to look your best. That "skinny pic" of you, is not worth all the shit you are doing to your body and mind. Remember, if all those magical breakthrough "diets" worked, and worked for long term, no one would have weight issues. You need a plan that teaches you how to eat, to lose. Not one that tells you, not to eat, to lose.
Like I said, I have been there, so I get it ALL! The high you get is great and it's one you always dreamt of. You know when people stop and say, "Oh my God you look amazing, how did you do it". Make your answer be this, "I just decided it was time to get healthy and fit". And when you say it, mean it. Own that shit, 10000000%.