Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Diana Roberts. I took the Double Degree Programs namely International Economics in one of the universities in California. I am currently 28 years old. And when you come to this blog, you must wonder how I lose weight from 270 pounds to 150 pounds.
The answer is there are only three aspects, namely diet, exercise, and adequate sleep!
Surely many of you do not think about these three important aspects. At the beginning of the 5th semester in college, I was committed to implementing a healthy lifestyle, and had the desire to lose weight. But I just did sports without balanced with a proper diet and adequate sleep. As a result, I only managed to lose 5 pounds in 2 months. Why was it so little? The reason was, if not accompanied by three important aspects, I would not be able to lose weight correctly.
After a trial period of two months of exhausting, I started to think to use diet pills. At that time I bought a bottle of diet pills without thinking about the risk to my body. Yes, the first 2 weeks I managed to lose my weight by 7 pounds, but I became weak, no energy, and stamina. As a result, I was sick in my third week wore diet pills. Finally I decided not to use any pills.
From here, I started feeling depressed and decided to surrender. I was thinking, why I was born into this world with a very fat body reaches 270 pounds, and why can’t I like Shakira? Oh, you must be kidding me.
But I reflected back, to get a great body as it definitely takes hard work and practice for years.
Upon my return to the right path, I began to read a lot of health and a variety of articles on the Internet. Then, I decided to run three programs, namely diet, exercise and enough sleep. Three of these programs are successful ways to lose weight which I eventually did.
Implementing A Successful Diet to Lose Weight
How to do a successful, healthy and natural diet? Let’s start from the way I did the diet. I applied the so-called anti-hunger diet! You must be wondering, how can we do a diet without feeling hungry?
Well, it turned out to be.
Yep, I eat 4-5 times a day. Wow, a lot! Is our body isn’t getting fatter?
We will not grow fat, if the portions and types of food are set correctly.
If a person eats 4-5 times a day, and eating junk foods, then he or she will definitely become fatter.
Anti-hunger diet is a successful way to lose weight, at least for me. Then, within an anti-hungry diet, what should we eat? Keep reading…
These are the foods I ate when I did the diet:
In The Morning
Eat oatmeal with fruit flavors, which are sold in supermarkets, and the price is only 5 cents / sachet. The oatmeal is brewed with hot / cold water and added with slimming sugar, or with slight sweetened condensed milk. Normally, I still eat two sachets in order to feel satisfied. Or a full breakfast can be replaced with a banana (just 1 large banana or 2 small bananas), or other fruits such as apple or pear (just eat 1 piece only, and eaten together with the skin), because its skin contains a lot of Acid Ursolic, a substance that help us lose weight. If we couldn’t get the food, we could consume an omelet fried in olive oil.
If you feel hungry in between breakfast and lunch the day, multiply drinking water to increase the concentration, or it could also drink tea with low calorie sugar (better yet green tea). Green tea is very good and is a successful way to lose weight diet me. So, always consume green tea every day.
During the Day
For lunch, you can eat anything (if possible, do not eat fried foods, no sugar, no rice). Usually I go to a restaurant and I ordered the vegetable such as broccoli. Broccoli is very beneficial for the diet, because it is very low in calories and also has anticancer compounds. Not only broccoli has such benefits, but also a variety of other green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and mustard greens.
Green vegetables are very good for health because they contain many nutrients, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, and magnesium. Vegetables may also prevent prostate cancer in men. So, start eating green vegetables from now. Not only green vegetables, other vegetables such as bean sprouts and cabbage are also very nice.
Combine vegetables with protein, such as eggs (try to eat whites only), tofu, and chicken or fish. If no one sells with roasted, boiled or steamed, the fried one would not matter as long as not too excessive. Even if you want to eat rice, try eating half servings of brown rice.
Afternoons: usually, meal snacking is most suitable during late afternoon.
How can it be if I was a diet to do a snacking?
Yes, it could be, as long as it is a healthy snacking.
Usually during the afternoon, try snacking on fresh fruits such as watermelon or cantaloupe. In addition, try to buy low-calorie foods in the supermarket (just 1 pack). The most appropriate snack for the diet is low-fat yogurt (my favorite). Yogurt is extremely good for digestion and skin health. If you can buy more expensive snacks, try snacking on almonds sprinkled on top of yogurt ice cream!
During the Night
After a day of activities, try to perform a bit of exercises. Once the exercise is completed, you have to eat, and it’s a must!
However, the food must be healthy foods. For the night, we can eat protein alone. The protein functions to repair body tissues such as muscle, skin, nails and hair. This protein is needed by the body after you exercise. Foods that contain lots of protein are eggs, chicken, fish, tofu, and nuts. And remember, at night, do not ever eat foods containing oil or fried. Only eat foods that are roasted, baked, boiled or steamed.
Now, if you want to lose weight, you need to know how to perform the right exercise. Without any exercise, our diet becomes unhealthy, and we will be susceptible to disease.
At the beginning, the exercise I did was to lift weights and do cardio at the end. For women, do not be afraid to lift weights before cardio, because by lifting weights, carbohydrates and blood sugar will be burned first. Doesn’t this also burn fat as well?
The fat will be burned up when we do cardio. So, cardio exercise will focus on burning fat, because the blood sugar and carbohydrates are burned when we perform the weight lifting.
There are many kinds of Cardio, ie running, biking or swimming. I myself prefer to do the running, because running is a sport that is cheap, can be done at any time, and burn more calories. For sport I do 4-5 times per week, with intensity time of 1-2 hours a day.
To successfully lose weight, what I do is to use methods of HIIT Cardio. HIIT Cardio is the technique of running, which I did within 30 minutes to 1 hour, ie by using a comparison that are:
- Run for 1 minute,
- Then followed by a brisk walk for 2 minutes,
- Then re-run of 1 minute,
- Then brisk walking again for 2 minutes,
- And so on until 30 minutes – 1 hour
For a further explanation about HITT, please watch the video below:
I can perform the exercise in the morning, or evening. If it is in the morning, just do a morning run in the park, or running on the treadmill on an empty stomach.
Why on an empty stomach?
On an empty stomach, your body will take the fat as a fuel during the run. Moreover, the blood sugar will still be low and carbohydrates have not entered the body yet. So, the brain sends signals to the body that the fat will be the fuel for the exercise.
If possible, during the evening after all activities finished, you can perform weights lifting for 30 minutes, followed by cardio for 1 hour.
The last and equally important is fairly minimal sleep 7 hours a day. Less sleep can affect levels of BMR.
What is BMR?
BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate is the minimum caloric requirement that humans need to stay alive even though no activity or asleep. The effects of lack of sleep will cause a disruption in the body’s metabolism. Furthermore, it will result in a decrease in the fat burning process within the body, so our diet will fail. When I did this diet, I slept at least around 7 hours.
Thank God, after undergoing a diet program, exercise, and had enough sleep, I was able to lose weight by 80 pounds for approximately 6 months, and 40 pounds for next 1 year after. So, my total weight loss would be 120 pounds.
In the first 6 months, I was able to lose 80 pounds because I was committed to not eat fried foods, sugar and rice on Monday through Friday. For Saturday and Sunday, we can eat anything as long as not excessive.
This is an experience of me losing weight to 150 pounds. This may be useful for you who want to lose weight successfully. Anyone is welcome to try this method as well, because it has been proven to me.
Thank you for reading my diet experience.