Stronger Than I've Ever Been
Bigsnead was no stranger to diets and had never been very successful with weight loss until he discovered Calorie Count. His starting weight was 250lbs in December 2010. He has since lost 40lbs and regained so much more energy.
He contacted us through our Share Your Story feature and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
Every fall I begin the trend of gaining 15-20 lbs starting with Thanksgiving. Last year I vowed not to do it again and I fell into the same binge holiday eating trap. I turned 30 and I was approaching 250lbs. My energy level severely decreased so I decided that 30 was the "Aha" age to turn around my weight back to when I was 21 years old.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried fad diets like the Grapefruit Diet, SlimFast, Cabbage Diet, fasting, low carbs, Atkins and weight loss pills. You name it, I tried it...
3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude? Did you implement any other strategies besides Calorie Count? What was the most important change?
I tracked everything, every calorie, every meal! I held myself accountable as if it was a bank account that I overdrew on every time I went over my daily intake goal. It worked!!!
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I binge eat periodically and gain five lbs over a weekend.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I started without Calorie Count and lost 10 pounds but couldn't get below 235. Once I used the Calorie Count App and website I dropped fifteen in a couple of months.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Calorie Count is the best way to prevent relapse because it is looking at you in the face. You can't cheat numbers. I work with numbers all day. They don't lie. You either ate too much or you made your goal.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have so much more energy. People are paying me compliments on my weight loss.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I run 30-40 miles a week and eat around 1500-2000 calories per day. I also lift weights three times a week. When I'm tired of running I bike or play basketball. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables! I drink eight-ten glasses of water. I drink flavored water and cut down on diet soda (sodium) intake. I also drink meal replacement shakes and skim milk.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Count your calories.
- Do something once a day (walk, run, bike, anything for half an hour).
- Never give up on your goals!
- Remember how it felt when you were overweight in order to avoid gaining again!
- Don’t let others influence you to eat office cake and snacks! Be polite about it though!
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