• Jack Graves

5 Things I Learned After Losing 48 Pounds In 6 Months

The Pandemic not only changed the way we live, but it also changed us. For many, it was the sign they needed to start making some change in their lives, like quitting their jobs and work towards fulfilling their dreams. For others, it was an awakening and the realization that it is time to start taking care of ourselves, either mentally or physically.

In 2021 it seems that we all meditate and have our own business.

I honestly love it.

For me personally, 2020 was a difficult year, but it was the push I needed to eat better and exercise. Although I have been changing to a "healthy" lifestyle for years, it wasn't until 6 months ago that I started to see results. I just wasn't doing well, but when I learned from my mistakes, my performance sharply improved.

These are the 5 things I learned after losing 22 kilos, let my lessons be yours.

1. Start today

As I mentioned before, my journey started at least 10 years ago, since I was a teenager I was always overweight. My parents took me to see specialists and forced me to do all kinds of diets, none of them worked. Then, I had spontaneous rushes of motivation to exercise, which lasted a maximum of a month.

If I had lost a pound for every time I "started" dieting and exercising, I would look like Tom Holland today.

What did I learn after so many years without seeing results? It doesn't matter when, you MUST start doing it. Start today, go for a run tonight, don't eat pizza tomorrow. Make changes now, don't wait for the next Monday or the next month, those are just excuses.

You won't lose more weight just by joining the gym on the first of the month. If you are waiting for a sign, this is it, make today the day it all started.

2. It's not only physical work, it's mental work

Many times I gave up because I convinced myself that my body was simply not made for exercise. I thought that I was simply not strong, fast, nor could I endure physical activity.

That is totally untrue. We can train everything, it doesn't matter that you can't even do a push-up, you can train your body to do it. So don't worry about not being physically strong, because you will be, focus on being mentally strong.

Mentally strong to choose healthy food over an extra-large pizza. Mentally strong so as not to miss a day of training. Mentally strong to stop drinking alcohol and smoking.

Your body will get stronger, faster, more resistant, but your mind must too. A weak mind is on the verge of giving up every day.

3. Don't subtract, substitute

You've already heard this a hundred times, but that's because it's true. It's not about eliminating things from your diet, it's about changing them.

No good diet will make you feel discouraged with your meals, if a nutritionist doesn't encourage you to look for foods that you like and are healthy, they're not doing well.

When I started to watch my diet, my nutritionist asked me what I usually eat during the week. I was hoping the answer would be a list of things I couldn't eat, but to my surprise, it wasn't. I was never forbidden to eat fried chicken, hamburgers, or sweets. We only focus on other types of tasty food.

I love bean burritos, did you know that they are very high in protein and are actually very healthy? That is the point. Find the best version of what you already like.

4. Free internet diets don't work

I will save you several weeks of your life. The free exercise apps, the internet gurus who don't charge for their services, or the exercise routines you see on TikTok, none of that works.

Your body is different from all the rest, your needs and goals are different and how you will reach the goal is different. I'm not saying that without paying a professional you will not be able to lose weight. I know many people who did it without trainers or nutritionists.

Keep in mind that these generic diets cannot guarantee results, so don't pin all your hopes on them. That will only make you disappointed very quickly. If you find something that works for you, keep it, but if it doesn't work, move on.

5. The goal is never to lose weight

At the end of the first appointment with the nutritionist, he asked me a question "what do you want to achieve?"

"Lose weight" I replied. To which he told me that that is not the goal. "It isn't?" you may be wondering, 'cause that was exactly my next question.

Your weight does not indicate whether you are eating correctly or exercising correctly, it is just a number on a scale, which will vary throughout your life. The goal you should set yourself is to have a healthy lifestyle.

When you can go out for physical activities without feeling like dying. When you deal with anxiety without drinking a whole Coke. That's when you'll know that you're doing it well.

Weight is just one more number. Focus on being healthy and feeling better about yourself.

What has worked for you? Let me read it in the comments. I want to know your stories.


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