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In 2011 I undertook what I call my “Weight Loss Odyssey,” which saw me go from around 285 pounds or so down to—at my absolute lowest—172 pounds in about eleven months. I’m not sure if that’s too fast, but it proved to me that, with the right mindset and loads of self-discipline, losing weight is easy.
Well, the concept behind losing weight is easy. Like most things in life, the solutions are straightforward; they’re just unpleasant, or difficult in their implementation. I’m no nutritionist, so take that into consideration, but my method is simple: consumer fewer calories than you need to maintain your weight.
Your body burns calories just by existing, and the heftier you are, the more calories you burn by default. There’s a handy weight loss calculator that makes it easy to figure out the maximum calories you should consume to meet your weight loss goals within a certain timeframe (it also warns you if your goal is dangerously unhealthy; my twenty-six-year old 113 pound drop in weight loss was, apparently, safe).
Lately I’ve been eating way too much. I could offer a host of excuses, but it really boils down to self-indulgence. I enjoy eating. Food is good, even the crummy stuff I like to eat.
Ultimately, though, it’s all a matter of self-discipline, and the benefits—not just physically, but mentally and spiritually—are well worth the effort.
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