Being At Your Prime Is a Choice
Removing unhealthy foods from his diet and starting a strict workout routine was the solution for Phatlilpanda in battling his weight loss and health related problems. He has now lost 66 lbs and continues to count calories and engage in daily exercise.
He contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
It all started when I got a blood test done and saw that my cholesterol and some of my liver stats were a lot higher then what the normal range was supposed to be. Also, my glucose number was 1 point away from what is considered Diabetic. I realized that at the age of 18 I shouldn't be having health problems like this already, and that at this point of my life I should be at my prime.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried Low Carb Diets and Nutrisystem.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I stopped eating fast food (even Subway), junk food and red meat, and instead took a more balanced diet consisting of whole grains, fiber with lots of lean protein like chicken breast, and fish. I also added healthy fats like almonds and walnuts. I would go to the gym 6-7 days a week, 2-3 hours a day. My workout routine consisted of 1 and 1/2 hours of weight training, 1 hour of cardio, and a few minutes in the steam/sauna room.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I discovered Calorie Count a little more then one month after I started my diet and it helped me realize how ridiculous the fat, carb, sodium, and calorie contents were for the foods I used to eat. Now whenever I wonder about the nutritional value of something that I'm eating, I go onto Calorie Count Mobile on my phone and search for it.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most difficult part of losing weight was being a full time student and working 25 hours a week. That made it difficult for me to keep my diet a priority. I had school from 7 am to 3 pm Monday-Thursday and had work afterwards. I would go to the gym at 10 pm every day for 2-3 hours which only allowed me 5 hours of sleep a night for most of the week. Not to mention, I worked at Coldstone Creamery, and we were allowed a free Love It Signature size of ice cream every time we worked. I also have friends that like to eat a lot, but they have a metabolism of a horse and I don't.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I saw results a week after I started my diet at which point I had lost 3 pounds. Eventually I noticed the fat around my neck, face, stomach, and pretty much every part of my body continuing to reduce as my diet continued.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I realized I was a success when my weight finally dropped below 220 lbs. I looked at my driver's license information that I took when I was 16, and that's exactly how much I weighed back then. Now I'm almost 19 and I can't remember the last time i weighed below 174 pounds.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I just think about how many positive things have come from losing all this weight and going to the gym. I am now taking it a little bit easier because of my new job as a server at Olive Garden. So instead of going to the gym everyday, I now go 4 days a week and I've loosened up on my diet a little, even though I still don't eat fast food or junk food.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Everything has changed for the better, my confidence has increased, I am not tired all the time like I used to be, I have a whole new wardrobe, I look a lot better, I make friends easier then before, and my blood test results are now all normal.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don't ever give up, even if you hit a plateau - you'll get past it
- Don't let others persuade you into doing these Hollywood miracle
diets, you'll most likely gain all the weight back and more
- Be realistic and set small goals frequently instead of setting one big
goal, or else it'll feel like you'll never reach it.
- Exercise frequently, but don't forget to do what you enjoy. If you
don't like running on the treadmill, do the elliptical instead or
vice versa. Always change it up so you never get bored of what you're
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