The recipe for los­ing weight is, of course, sim­ple: diet and move­ment. But any per­son­al expe­ri­ence of appli­ca­tion is impor­tant.

Twen­ty-year-old Jack­son from Aus­tralia shared his sto­ry of suc­cess­ful weight loss.

Disease history

Jack­son was pre-dia­bet­ic and suf­fered from high blood pres­sure and joint pain, as well as anx­i­ety and depres­sion. By the age of 19, he weighed 150 kg and could not look in the mir­ror.

Part 1: diet

Before los­ing weight, I was a fast food junkie and def­i­nite­ly overeat­ed, eat­ing maybe 5,000–6,000 calo­ries a day. I spent a lot of time and mon­ey eat­ing junk food. I rarely played sports, and when I did, it was always very dif­fi­cult for me because of the excess weight. Some­times I even refused to go out with friends to just stay home and eat.

I remem­ber the exact month and year when I decid­ed to change every­thing: Sep­tem­ber 2020. I had been work­ing full time for about two months at this point and was find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to get up in the morn­ing and force myself to go to work as I hat­ed every­thing about my body and was con­stant­ly depressed. .

When I first start­ed my weight loss jour­ney, I want­ed to focus on just one thing, and since diet is the most impor­tant part of weight loss, I start­ed there.

One day I went from 5000–6000 calo­ries a day to 1800, and also intro­duced inter­mit­tent fast­ing to not eat any­thing before noon in the after­noon and stop eat­ing after 7pm. I did this con­sis­tent­ly for 6 months and lost 25kg from nutri­tion alone.

Part 2: training

Then in April 2021 I start­ed going to the gym 4–6 times a week and imme­di­ate­ly felt how much eas­i­er it was to work out when you were 25kg lighter. Moti­va­tion increased, and after anoth­er month I reached my goal: I lost 50 kg. How­ev­er, then I already want­ed to add mus­cle, and in Decem­ber 2021 I sought pro­fes­sion­al help from a per­son­al train­er, with whom I con­tin­ue to work with to this day, as he reg­u­lar­ly adjusts my pro­gram.

I can now cook my own healthy meals and over­all feel amaz­ing and proud of myself for not giv­ing up and achiev­ing my goal. I no longer have depres­sion, I no longer have self-loathing, and most impor­tant­ly, I no longer feel sor­ry for myself, because self-pity will get you nowhere.

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