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How I Lost My Weight and Kept It Off

Updated on October 29, 2014
This is me during my heavier days.
This is me during my heavier days.

Deciding to Take Control of My Life

Despite all the new weight loss books that fill the shelves of our local bookstores, everyone still seems to be looking for ways to lose weight and keep it off. I can surely relate because I have been obese for half of my entire life. I remember trying all the new diets. Low fat, low carb, rice diet, the hollywood diet, you name it. Been there, done that!

One morning I woke up feeling fat and disgusted with myself. I went to take a shower and looked at myself in the mirror. I noticed that I was looking older than my age. I then went to the closet to put on some clothes realizing that nothing looked good on me anymore. I couldn't believe how easy it was for me to start my day off in a depressing mood. It was right then that I decided I was going to change all that. I was fed up with all the excuses and this time, I was going to really do it. This time, I was going to take control of my life!

No Bread!
No Bread!

Choosing to Low-Carb

After trying out many diets, I didn't know which way to turn. After doing some research, I finally decided to try and stick to a low carb diet. I had tried a low-carbing before but had failed miserably. At that time, I remember eating a lot of meat and fat and after 3 days, I felt sick. I didn't do it right the first time.

I bought myself the South Beach Diet because I I wanted to do it right. I had read that some people on this diet had reported improved triglycerides level. On a recent visit to the hospital, my triglycerides levels were quite high so I thought it would be worth testing on myself. For the first two weeks, I stuck to the diet exactly as it was written in the book. I'm going to be honest with you and tell you from the start that it wasn't easy. The first day wasn't so hard but the second and third days were torture for me. I kept telling myself that I only have two weeks and if I hate it so much, then I'll switch diet plans.

By the end of the two weeks, I had lost a significant amount of weight, my trousers were feeling loose and my energy level had shot through the roof. I'm not kidding here. In fact, I felt so much better after the two weeks then I ever had in my life, I decided to continue my low carb way of eating.

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People report less hunger and less desire to snack on a low-carb diet than a low-fat diet.

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss

This is the book that helped me succeed. I was dealing with high tryglicerides and cholesterol. I got the numbers down to a healthy level that was not attainable for me with a low fat diet.

 

My Recommended Low-Carb Plans

I myself started on the South Beach Diet and then switched to a modified Atkins Diet. I have further tweaked my eating plan to reflect my lifestyle. Here's my take on these two plans.

If you are a light eater and prefer to cut back on fat, South Beach may be for you. They also emphasize eating lean cuts of meat and sticking to good oils. The Atkins plan is good for those who just can't live without butter, hamburger meat and other indulgences. Now some say that you eat too much meat or fat on the Atkins plan but seriously, if it helps you in losing excess weight, your health will most likely improve. I am living proof and a believer in limiting your carb intake.

New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.
New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.

The Atkins was the original low-carb diet. The diet was tweaked and modernized for a new generation.The Atkins Diet works for a lot of people, especially those who like to eat a lot.

 
Shinichi after losing the weight.
Shinichi after losing the weight.

Custom-Made Low Carb Diet Plan

After the initial 2 weeks, I slowly started adding "good" carbs like whole wheat bread and rice, but I actually didn't crave them as much so I only ate them if I really wanted to. Instead I wanted to add days where I could have things like pancakes and cupcakes. Usually if I had the craving, I would make myself some pancakes using almond flour. In fact, almond flour is great for making other sweet things such as pound cakes and muffins. However there were times when I wanted to go to a pancake restaurant with friends to eat the "normal" kind.

In the process, I found that I could still lose weight by tweaking the basic low-carb diet to my own lifestyle. Eating this way has helped me lose my excess weight, improve my health and maintain my weight.

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Did You Know...

Before the discovery of insulin in 1922, professionals recommended less than 10 grams of carbohydrate per day for treatment of diabetes. This reduced blood sugar levels in patients and extended their lives, who would have otherwise succumbed to the disease.

My Tips To Success

How I tweaked the basic low carb diet to my lifestyle.

1. Avoid simple carbs such as rice, bread and noodles.

If you are trying to lose weight the low carb way, this is a must. However if you do happen to find yourself with your head in a bowl of ramen, don't hate yourself for it. Just eat something healthy for your next meal. No big deal.

2. Avoid refined sugar when possible.

Everyone knows that sugar is not the most nutritious of foods. In fact eating too much sugar can cause all kinds of bad things to your body.

3. Limit fruits to a single serving a day.

Fruits are highly nutritious and full of good stuff like antioxidants. For those trying to lose weight on a low-carb diet, stick to berries and avoid high-carb fruits like bananas.

4. Keep yourself satisfied all day with healthy snacks.

I never let myself get too hungry. I prevent myself from binging on unhealthy foods by keeping myself satisfied. Drinking lots of water throughout the day really helps in addition to keeping you hydrated.

5. Workout regularly (walking my dog, dancing, etc)

I try to fit in a workout almost everyday. I walk up the 8 floors to my apartment. I walk the dog. I dance. I do 20 pushups .Whatever I feel like doing and enjoy.

6. Give myself one cheat meal per week.

I basically eat anything I want for one meal.

I can have my pancakes on this day. Yay!

7. Eat what I'm craving badly.

If I want a cupcake really bad, I make sure to eat one slowly and savor every bite.

8. Once you do that, go back to eating healthy foods.

It's easy to do this after you had your cupcake right? As long as you don't let yourself feel guilty over that piece of cupcake, you're still on track.

9. Eat slowly and chew your food. Enjoy every bite.

Seriously, enjoy your food please. Be grateful for every morsel that goes into your mouth. Be conscious of the food's taste, texture and appearance.

10. Be happy that you're doing a good thing by taking care of your body.

You have decided to take better care of your body. You're taking baby steps towards your goal. You had a piece of cupcake after three days of low-carbing but you're eating a chicken salad for dinner with water. You're already doing so much good for yourself and your body. Congratulations!

Some Low-Carb Recipes That You Might LIke

Pancakes
Pancakes

Maintaining My Weight

It's even easier to maintain my weight using a basic low-carb eating plan. I basically make some tweaks into my eating plan that allows me to live a normal lifestyle without giving up eating out with friends.

During the final weeks of me reaching my goal weight, I started to allow myself one cheat meal per week. I basically ate anything I want for just one meal. This really helped me stick to my eating plan because I knew I'd be able to eat it when my cheat day came.I did this until I reached my goal.

Since I've reached my goal weight, it's even easier. There are days when I reward myself with carbs such as high-carb normal pancakes. I never make these at home. I will actually treat it as a very special occasion and look for the best pancake restaurant i know of. I love pancakes and it's just one of those things I never want to give up. Please remember though that if you are trying to lose weight, these cheats will slow you down. If you are trying to lose weight, I recommend you to make your own. They are very easy to make and will help in your goal of losing excess weight.

I also try to fit in some form of exercise in my daily routine. I like to dance, take long walks and do pushups! I know it's a weird combination, but hey it works! The point is to find some form of activity you enjoy doing! No, watching TV does NOT count as an activity!

Finally, I try to enjoy the entire process and treat it as a lifestyle, not a diet. It's all about using common sense. If you eat too much and gain a couple of pounds, lose those pounds immediately before they become permanent. If you binge at a buffet, low carb for a few days. Take it one day at a time and be proud of yourself for taking that first step to a healthier body and a happier life.

Shinichi in 2013
Shinichi in 2013

Helpful Tips

I believe that keeping your body healthy is key to enjoying life to the fullest. I also believe that to enjoy life, you must eat things you actually like. I remember reading about a Japanese doctor who is 54 years old, but looks 35. He even wrote a book on his method of staying young through diet. He basically skips breakfast and lunch. When dinner time comes, he eats a serving of whole grain and perhaps some vegetables and fruits. He hydrates himself throughout the day with burdock tea, which is supposed to help with anti-aging. He admits that he is continuously hungry and that's a good thing according to him. He does what he preaches and it shows.

I admit I was tempted to try out his strict regimen but after trying to imagine myself eating whole grains, vegetables and fruit for dinner only with nothing else throughout the day every single day, I started to feel depressed. Food is one of the pleasures of life at least for me. I know some people can live on boiled skinless chicken with salad everyday. I admire those people for their determination and strength. I know I could do it if I really had to but the thing is I really don't have a desire to go that far and that strict.

I have been on a strict low carb diet for the first year when I lost a lot of weight. To tell you the truth, it wasn't that difficult. I did have to plan for my meals and I learned to avoid carbs wherever I went. If I went to a ramen restaurant with my family, I would eat the topping and drink the soup. I would leave my noodles untouched. When I went on holiday, I always ordered a big salad with chicken or meat at all the restaurants I went to. It wasn't hard. It was just boring and seriously, it bored the people around me.

I decided that for the long term, eating what I enjoyed was key to keeping my weight off and keeping myself happy in the process. Eating the foods you love in moderation and striving to eat healthy foods most of the time works for me and it should work for anybody. If you enjoy fried foods, go ahead and eat them once in a while. I love deep fried anything so I sometimes eat them almost everyday. However I only eat a small portion and I usually compensate by eating very light for the next meal. If I gain a pound or two, I simply cut my carbs for a few days and I'm back on track.

I have been fat for half my life so I know how difficult the struggle is. Once I got my mind straight and decided that I didn't want to live that way for the rest of my life, I finally did something about it and threw away all my excuses. I am certain that I am alive today because of that decision.

*Photo of myself at my 47th birthday in 2013 eating a delicious full course Italian meal.

Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour
Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour

This is a must-have book for those who love cupcakes. Your friends won't realize they are low-carb once they taste these. Seriously, one of my favorite cookbooks around and proves that low-carbing doesn't have to mean giving up on your favorite sweets.

 

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      nice lens...

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you very much Socialpro54! Much appreciated!

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      SamanthaSays 4 years ago

      Hmm interesting!! How much weight have you lost following a low carb lifestyle?

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Hi Samantha. I lost 125 lbs and have kept it off for years now.

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      joanride 4 years ago

      Perfect plan. I do the same :)

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      vicky71 4 years ago

      Thanks for such a nice lens. Losing weight is such a challenge for me.. Interesting ..and yummy :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Let me know if I can help in any way vicky71. The best of luck to you!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      joanride, thank you for your comments and for visiting my lens!

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      I liked your lens it has a lot of useful advises.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks so much yaminjoe.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Pancakes are yummy - I like them with dark sugar and lemon juice. Some good advice here too.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Pancakes are yummy - I like them with dark sugar and lemon juice. Some good advice here too.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Snakesmum, I totally agree with you on pancakes. Never tried with lemon juice though. Hmmm....I will try that.

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      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      I am always on a diet, and some of your tips are great. I think your right that should allow yourself a cheat meal once in a while.One thing that helps me is I try to have low calorie Jelly in the fridge for when I feel like something sweet.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Hello Mommy-Bear. You know, that's exactly what I do especially in the summer months. I like to have them with a dollop of sugar-free whipped topping. That usually satisfies me.

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      ryanagv 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the great tips which I will be trying. Not easy to stay away from carbs

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      jknake lm 4 years ago

      You are to be congratulated! I think keeping off weight is one of the hardest things that we deal with. I've been on a mission to lose weight and I'm finally at my perfect weight. One rule I go by is that I never let it get out of hand. So I keep it in check. And you're right about eating something you really crave. It keeps me from going off the deep end and really messing things up. Great lens.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I think the best thing is to make a healthy lifestyle a habbit so it becomes normal and then eventually it becomes easier to keep the weight stable. I try to do more exercise if I feel I've eaten too much or am putting on weight.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      HI ryanagv. Yep carbs are tempting for sure, but if you know you'll be having them on Saturday or some other day, it's easier at least to me. Good luck!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      jknake, thank you for your wonderful comment and congrats on your weight loss success. It's always so great to see others doing well.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Jogalog, I also believe making it a lifestyle is so important. It's not so much dieting but rather a habit like you said. Thanks for sharing!

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      archangelptx 4 years ago

      Lots of great information, I'm happy to spent the time to read through. I probably won't be following your diet as strictly as you do, as I too love food and the social aspect of eating, but I do work out pretty extensively--I suppose it helps balance.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks archangelptx for your comment! Actually that's exactly what I do as I too have a passion for eating. Working out is a big part of my life which helps like you said.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Socialpro54 LM: thanks for visiting and commenting Socialpro54.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SamanthaSays: HI Samantha. I lost 125 lbs in total. Thanks for visiting my lens. I really appreciate it.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @joanride: Thanks so much for your comment on my lens. have a great weekend!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @vicky71: Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you're having a great week.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Yamin Joe: Thanks so much for visiting my lens. I truly appreciate your comments.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Snakesmum: Thanks so much for commenting on my lens. I love your collection of lenses Snakesmum.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Mommy-Bear: Hi Mommy Bear. First of all I love your name! Thanks so much for commenting on my lens. I think low cal jelly is one of the most convenient foods to have around when you're watching your weight. Been saved by that many times! Have a great weekend!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Mommy-Bear: Hi Mommy Bear. First of all I love your name! Thanks so much for commenting on my lens. I think low cal jelly is one of the most convenient foods to have around when you're watching your weight. Been saved by that many times! Have a great weekend!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ryanagv: Hey, thanks so much for visiting my lens. I admit carbs are delicious, but it's easier when you know you can always have them once in awhile. Hope you're having a great week!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Interesting lens. Your information is very useful. Some of the things you mentioned I didn't know a lot about but now it's clear to me how you manage your weight. I eat different kinds of food but in small quantities, lots of water and some exercise. Not bad... Well done:=)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @othellos: thanks so much for visiting my lens othellos. I hope you're having a great week!

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      Dardee1 4 years ago

      Amazing. This is pretty much my routine for exercise and diet. I was thinking of making a similar lens, but I guess, it's no longer needed :)

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hi. I liked your lens as it comes directly from a person who was obese at one time. You have listed very practical points and it should be helpful to many . Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Dardee1: Hi Dardee1. thanks for the comments. Well we could always use other lenses that promote a healthy lifestyle. I'm sure you'll put a personal spin on yours. cheers!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SavioC: Thanks so much for the kind words SavioC. I really appreciate it.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been following a low carb diet since February and I'm loving the results.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: That's so awesome to hear susan. It's always good to hear people getting healthier and losing excess weight. Hope you are having a great day!

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      ScentsWithBling 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ScentsWithBling: Thanks so much for your comments. Cheers!

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      JoleneBelmain 3 years ago

      You have a lot of great tips to help keep weight off, and to help lose weight as well... thank-you for all of your great advice :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @JoleneBelmain: Jolene, Thanks so much for visiting. I also appreciate your kind words. Hope you're having an awesome day!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      Looks like you have a sensible, balanced approach.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Erin Mellor: Thanks for your kind words Erin. Cheers!

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh my....I really need to lose 10 pounds, but giving up cupcakes is going to make it tough! I am so slow and didn't realize rice was so high in carbs, thanks for sharing!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @shellys-space: Hey there. I still eat my cupcakes now and then. I do weight myself on a regular basis so once my weight goes up by a pound or two, I low-carb for a few days and I'm back on track again.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      This is great !!!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thank you Minoru

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      SusanAston 3 years ago

      Great lens, thank you. Here is a link for a superb online plan that's worked wonders for me and a lot of other people. http://www.justslim.net

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      First of all, you look great! Congrats! Hopefully one day I'll be where I want to be! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SusanAston: Thanks Susan for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CharMarie: Thank you CharMarie! I'm blushing. ;) You will get there. Just believe it!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      47th birthday?!?!? You look awesome.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Aww thanks!

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      You have inspired me (yet again!)... I have pretty much given up wheat and refined carbs. I have only ONE weakness that I am working on, and hopefully I will gain control with that... You look so wonderful! I like your idea of the "cheat day" - you're right about how we should be able to enjoy the pleasures of good food. I'm taking your words to heart my friend. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is excellent information and parallels what I've discovered. In a year I lost about 50 lbs and it was due to cutting out most sugar, all white flour and wheat, and drinking tons of water and nothing else every day. I try to eat meat at two meals per day, and minimize anything sugary.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TanoCalvenoa: Yep, same here. Even on maintenance when I was drinking diet soda, when I cut that completely, I noticed I hardly gain any weight. Also I feel so much better.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @writerkath: It's my pleasure Kathy. I wonder what your one weakness is? :) Good luck on reaching your goals.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. Worth it when the weight all comes off, though. 12 years ago I lost 120 pounds and I was so fit and healthy I felt like there was nothing I couldn't do.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: You said it perfectly. Once you get started, you're already on your way to success!

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      Belva Boggs 3 years ago

      I wish I could get the carb part under control. For some reason, it's my favorite.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Belva Boggs: Belva, carb was my favorite food in the world. Try giving it a try for two weeks and you'll see how your cravings will go away.

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      ibarrister 3 years ago

      Congratulations to you! It seems many people want to lose weight but have a hard time choosing the right plan for them. Some people can handle the cabbage soup diet--God, I don't know how and others do low carb or low fat.

      I think the important thing is that you choose a plan that it healthy for you and that will keep your nutrition going.

      I found a good plan at: womens-weightloss.com.

      Additionally, a good exercise plan is also a great weight loss tool. For me, I do aerobic AND strength training exercises. Strength training really will make you lose weight.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ibarrister: I think as long as you're doing what you can to get healthy, it's fine,. Low carb, low fat, or just eat less...you're stay doing something healthy for yourself.

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      MirandaGrimm 3 years ago

      I have never tried going low carb. It only makes sense and its something I WISH I would do...but its just not gonna happen! lol. Which that mentality it probably why I cant seem to lose these last 5 pounds to get to my goal weight!!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Congratulations on keeping your weight off Shinichi! Interesting to see the transformation! Success story definitely. Now I need to try and gain some weight hahaha.

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      Kaylab123 LM 3 years ago

      This is such a great article! Thank you for posting! I was eating Paleo (i.e., low-carb) for about six months, then fell off the wagon. I'm slowly building myself up to trying to limit my carbs. It seems harder now than it was before, but I feel more determined now then before, so hopefully I can get back on track.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MirandaGrimm: Well you know, the last pounds are some of the hardest pounds to lose. But it can be done believe me. Try it though, it's really not that hard to do.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Haha Vinn. You're so lucky.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Kaylab123 LM: Even just limiting carbs is better than just randomly eating so kudos to you.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Great ideas and cookbooks here! I do better when I eat lower carbs/higher protein. The best i've ever felt was on south beach, (AFTER I got past the first 2 or 3 days! hahaa) but i can't stick with it. I didn't realize there were so many low carb books to choose from. That will help. Another awesome lens, Smine!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DawnRae64: South Beach was the best for me too in terms of the most weight loss. Try tweaking yours like mine.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      Congrats to you for losing all that weight and thanks for sharing your story!

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      Very interesting material. So glad for your weight loss!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Low carb is definitely the way to go. Low fat only makes you keep fat. I really resonate with this, and I'm definitely on the same page. I hope to be able to use these ideas, for myself and others.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      You look great, and I'm glad to read a review about a diet that works. Adding the "honesty" clause helps, because people need to know that others struggle with the same issues when trying to lose weight.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lynda Makara: Thank you! and it was my pleasure to write this.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @randomthings lm: Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Pat Goltz: Thanks Pat. Seriously it's the only way i've been able to lose the weight and keep it off!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Thank you favored1 for the kind words.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I lost a stone in weight over a 2 month period by cutting out lunch and walking more. But it is now creeping up again. Trouble is, I get hungry! And I like a glass red wine (or two). But it was interesting about the Japanese doctor who admits to feeling hungry. Maybe I've got to say to myself. 'you're hungry? So what? You're not starving.'

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I do really well on low carb eating plans. Have gained some weight so it is time to return to a plan that will enable me to get back to where I need to be. You are looking great! May we each find the right eating and exercise balance in our life. I may try that dancing and push-up routine. :-) Sounds like a fun change of pace.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      First, congratulations on your successful weight loss, although I hope you don't mind my saying you were awfully cute in that early photo. You look so healthy and fit in these later photos, though, that I can see why you made a plan and stuck with it. I'm keenly interested in the way you found a plan that worked for you, and how you managed it, with moderation and understanding of the yearnings for pancakes and other goodies that might trip you up. You did a great job explaining all that, and are a role model for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. Thank you once again for sharing your personal story.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Fascinating lens full of great tips! Thanks!

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      I love your story, the struggle, the accomplishments, the commitment. I like your honesty in saying you have a 'eat what you want day', but that to lose it quickly not to take that risk. Cabbage is a good substitute for many things and your recipe sounds really filling and healthy!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Colin323: If you lost the weight once, you can do it again. Just to let you know, a glass of wine or two is absolutely fine even during a diet.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: I like dancing and doing push-ups because you really don't need any special equipment and can be done anywhere.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: Thank you Grace. I can't believe you found me cute in the early photo!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: Thanks so much Tony. i'm glad you liked it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ideadesigns: I know myself too well and let's be honest, who can forever give up something they love to eat? :)

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      Your story is so encouraging, and so well written. I think you have inspired me to try to go the low-carb route to drop this very stubborn extra 15 pounds.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I don't agree with everything here, but I appreciate aggressive commitment. There are plenty of roads to get there, and it looks like you picked a very good one.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @David Stone1: Thanks David. I appreciate your honest response. And you are so right. There many roads to get to where you want and although it took me a long time to find one, I think I found one that I can stick to. :) Cheers mate

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your weight loss and for finding something that worked so well for you.

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      fullofshoes 3 years ago

      I was recently diagnoses with diabetes and am managing the disease with a low carb diet and exercise. One pound at a time. :) Great article, thank you.

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience here. I am also struggling. Four years ago I managed to lose 30 kilos and I needed to lose another 10 to be in my perfect weight for my height and age, however due to some health problems I stopped my diet program and slowly bit by bit put 20 kilos.

      Now I just feel I don't have the will power to start all over again. I hope your story can inspire me.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I am not massively overweight but I would love to lose about 1 stone and keep it off. I'm like a yoyo up and down up and down. I try to walk everyday for an hour - but that is hard to do each and every day. I love your lens. You talk a lot of sense.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Andromachi: Thanks for sharing your story with us. Remember that if you did it once, you can do it again. Health problems can get in the way, but if you keep in mind that eating healthier can make a difference in your health, that might give you the strength to start eating healthy again. Let me know if I can be of any help to you.

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      queenofduvetcover 3 years ago

      Congrats on the weight lost. You look amazing! =)

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      Yvette Munro 2 years ago

      What an inspiring hub, thank you for sharing. I started a low carb way of life about five weeks ago and am absolutely loving it. I try to stick to 20g carbs per day and it's really working for me. I have lost 5.5kgs already. The sweet cravings really do disappear after a couple of weeks.

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