It’s funny I should be asked this question because three years ago I began a weight loss journey that took me 2 ½ years to accomplish. That had been the longest it’d taken me to lose weight, but my goal was to lose 160 lbs. I have struggled with my weight most of my life, going on my first diet when I was only ten years old. From the ages of 10 to 42 I yo-yo dieted more times than I can remember, putting my body and mind through torture.
In the past I didn’t have specific goals beyond losing excess weight. I didn’t eat healthily. I simply cut back on certain foods and severely reduced my caloric intake. In short, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, nor did I plan for long-term weight loss maintenance. In my experience, the single, most important thing I did to lose the weight was want it for the right reasons. This may sound simplistic, but until I focused on implementing a holistic approach did I finally succeed. Not only have I lost the excess weight, but I’ve also kept it off for the longest time I ever have. I started slowly, eliminating certain foods one at a time, and allowing my body and mind to adjust to the changes. It was the patience I had that made all the difference.
Any diet will work in getting off excess weight. But not until I found what I needed to do for me and my body and understand that it was going to take time was I able to stick to a healthier regime, even after reaching my weight loss goal. Diet, along with a healthier attitude, better nutrition, and exercise, will help anyone stay on a weight loss journey. I just had to find what worked specifically for me.