How Quickly to Lose Weight

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Today was an exciting morning for me. I’ve been 125 lbs. for the about a year or so and I got there from 150 lbs. which I ballooned to one summer in high school. It was both strange and funny stepping onto the scale after my older brother and finding that I was heavier than he was. Forgetting the summer, I was a cross-country and track runner during the school year and stayed somewhere around 127 lbs. while in season.

Now, I had some really unhealthy eating habits when I was in high school. I would rarely eat breakfast and I would skip lunch on most days to avoid puking in practice. All that to say that I eat now more than ever and enjoy it. In 2007, I was in college; I was about 138 lbs., and I was a little insecure because during a speech class a skinny-mini poked fun at my love handles when I wore an exercise top for a speech on Pilates I was doing.

After that day, I started looking around for what I could do to “get back down to my high school weight”. The more I read, the more I found out that simply cutting your portions in half could aid weight loss. So, I tried it. So, I turned into a muncher, and I made sure that I ate my meals from saucers instead of dinner plates. Beats not eating, right?

It was this one change that caused me to drop to 125 lbs. and stay there.

In 2008, I realized I had a problem. My sister had bought me a body fat monitor scale for my birthday. So, I soon realized that although my weight was down my body fat was high. I had done many ridiculous diets like the juice diet, the soup diet, the vegan diet, and the eat once a day diet, so I knew that these diets were “MAKING ME FAT!” Diets without adequate protein will cause your body to eat your muscles, so you get fatter although you lost weight.

At the end of 2009, I got a little cardio machine and started to do about 10 minutes of cardio a day to keep my energy levels up and tone my calves. I also started avoiding eating too many complex carbs and sugars like bread, pasta and rice. My goal now is to get to 20% body fat (that’s low for a woman, not a man). I’m at 21%, but here’s the exciting part; before I started eating less rice and potatoes I was at 26% body fat. That was only a month ago.

Confession: I wasn’t exercising much at all to lose weight, don’t like it that much.

So This is What Worked for Me:

1) Cut Meals in Half

2) Don’t Eat White Things

I have to give credit to Tim Ferriss for giving some great 4-Hour Body tips in his blog about losing weight because although I’ve never been overweight, reading his posts really helped me get “fat loss” vs. weight loss thing down.

Tim Ferriss’ book the 4-Hour Body is out! Check it out for more weight loss tips!


  1. Tanner says:

    Good work on dropping BF and weight, Lis.

    I’ve been pretty big into health & nutrition for the past 6 years or so, reading all the latest journals, frequenting fitness boards, etc…

    The thing that has always worked is calories in vs. calories out. Take in less calories than you burn. Some people make such a big deal about everything they over analyze how to lose weight.

    Recently, I started doing Intermittent Fasting (eating one or two HUGE meals a day, going against everything everybody says about eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism running, which is false) eating Paleo Style (lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies which I love) and have dropped probably around 35 pounds in around 3 months.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. admin says:

    I haven’t heard of Intermittent Fasting or the Paleo Style diet. You’ll have to tell me more.

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