I started my weight loss journey in 2012 after making a New Year’s resolution to shed some weight. I was starting to develop symptoms associated with Diabetes and that scared me. My knees and hips hurt on a daily basis and it was getting hard to walk up and down the stairs.
Why I Gained WeightI would say a lot of my weight gain had to do with inactivity. I work from home so I really did not have to leave the house. I was very inactive. Also during this time my husband was also out of work so it was a bit stressful. I did a lot of stress eating. I was eating at least 3,000-5000 calories a day with no exercise and burning less than a few hundred calories a day.
Here is what I did:Sugar Detox My husband came home from work one day and mentioned to me that a co-worker had lost an enormous amount of weight by simply removing sugar from his diet. It is next to impossible to remove all sugar from your diet. Fruits and some vegetables contains natural sugars. Some simple carbs can convert to sugar in your body. The sugar he was referring to was white and brown sugar. I removed sugar from my diet. I began to look at my diet and noticed that I ate a lot of carbohydrates (pasta, bread, rice, potatoes). I removed them from my meal plan. I also removed donuts, honey buns, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and pies from my meals. I wasn’t a juice or soda drinker so that was easy to remove. I also cut cheese and cows milk from my diet completely. My Meals: My meals consisted of: oatmeal, bananas, strawberries, eggs, turkey bacon, chicken, ground turkey, kale, collard greens, spinach, string beans,great northern beans, chic peas, broccoli, almonds, sunflower seeds. almond milk. Water Intake: I drank water half my weigh in water every day. This included green tea with lemon (no sugar, honey or agave nectar). Probably the hardest thing but I knew drinking water would help me stay fuller longer, help me stay hydrated and help flush toxins out of my system. Exercising: I walked 20+ minutes a day 3-4 times per week. I would walk everywhere. The nearest store was about 8 blocks. I did not care how cold it was outside. I was committed to getting as much exercise in as possible. I would make up reasons to have to walk to the store so I could get my steps in daily. Bathroom Breaks: Most people only release waste 2-3 times per week. I was eating 3-5 meals a day but releasing 1-2 times per week. I was beyond constipated. Why is releasing waste important? Cleaning your colon has the ability to assist in your weight loss. People have experienced up to 20 pounds lost over a month period. What a colon cleanse does is removes impacted food, parasites, worms and intestinal sludge from your colon. One of the many things this will do is it will help kick-start your metabolism thereby helping you burn fat faster. I knew I had to do something so I began taking castor oil. That stuff is terrible and it made me gag but it did the trick. Within hours I was releasing but after I stopped the castor oil my system would not release so I had to try something else. What I found is there are gentle detox tea’s that will give you the same results. I began adding this along with a liquid multi-vitamin to my diet and now I can go 2-4 times a day. My Results: As a result of changing my diet, increasing my vitamin intake and releasing more waste I lost 92 lbs in a 2 year period. I went from a size 18 to a size 10. This was the plan I followed. I have been able to maintain my weight loss for the last 2 years. For me this is not just a diet but a lifestyle change. I still enjoy the foods I like but in moderation. Can this work for you? Yes. The question you must ask yourself is your current health worth it.
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