How I Lost 109 Pounds

I tried all the diets. I’ve been on a serial diet since high school.

One time in high school, I looked at myself in the mirror as I was getting out of the shower. I didn’t like what I saw.

I went on a starvation diet. I do not recommend this, but you can do basically anything to your body as a teenager, right? I also used to stay up all night and drink zillions of Jolt colas (remember those?).

So I got older. I married. I had a kid. I got lazy.

Before I knew it, I was 350 pounds (175 kilos). That’s the point where a salesman looks at you in the store and says, “Dude! Wanna try on this nice mumu?”

I’m joking. Nobody ever said that.

But seriously, that’s when I started to work on my weight again. I could definitely call it a “weight-loss journey,” because I didn’t know what the heck I was doing.

Here’s a little hint: When you are really heavy, like I was, you can do basically anything and drop a couple pounds. I mean, start eating three cheeseburgers instead of four when you go to McDonald’s. You’ll drop four pounds in a month. Easy squeezie.

Then you have the bonus of telling your friends that you’re on this exciting new McDonald’s diet! You tell them you eat three cheeseburgers and the weight just drops off! Their eyes will get so big…

But after you have taken off the low-hanging fruit, you gotta start with real changes.

How about you stop eating fast food? Make a meal at home?

Look, your body needs a certain amount of nutrition. If you eat a heavily-processed food item (pick any fast food joint), your body is only getting a fraction of the nutrition it needs. You will still be hungry. The only solution is to eat more. Face it, the last thing you need is another fast food hamburger.

Ok, end of lecture.

At the end of the day, just about any diet will work, if you stick to it.

The trick is to find out a diet that you like enough to stick to. You will lose weight.

Seriously. I’ve been working on my weight for years.

My silver bullet?

Fasting. You know how guys usually lose weight faster than girls? With fasting, it’s usually the opposite. Men lose about two pounds per day when fasting. Women lose about three pounds per day.

Of course, the closer you get to your ideal weight, the less it will be. It might take you seven days to lose five pounds (I’m so jelly).

But that might not be your silver bullet. That was mine.

Right now I’m doing alternated day fasting combined with the warrior diet (intermittent fasting with a four-hour eating window). Let me break that down for those of you who don’t understand. For an entire day, I eat nothing—I only drink black coffee. I can have a very limited number of calories—100 or less.

The next day, I eat absolutely anything I want. I eat until I’m full. I eat between the hours of 2 and 6. That’s it.

I lose about 1 pound (.5 kilo) per day. I feel satisfied. I don’t feel like I’m restricting myself. I’m not.

For four hours every two days, it’s Game On.

While I could eat fast food burgers to the sky, I generally don’t. I try to stick to nutrient-rich foods. And realistically, you can eat a whole lot more food if you are willing to eat at home.

The other day I went to a local Trader Joes and picked up a block of cheese to snack on. Total price: $6.

The other night I got two $5 specials at a local hamburger place. Total price: $10.

Plus, I only ate 1/3 of that block of cheese before I put it back in the fridge. Two days for $6. Not bad.

How far would $10 have gone at a supermarket deli? Dude. If you haven’t gone to a supermarket deli and instead go to fast food joints… dude. Do yourself a favor. Put down the McWhatever and pick up a GALLON of potato salad.

You’re welcome.

—this guy

That’s about it, really.

I’m currently at 241lbs. (120 kilos)

I’m just getting started, y’all.

—this guy.

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