Dispelling the Myths of Weight Loss and How Actually to Keep the Pounds Off

Losing weight can be hard. Keeping it off is harder! I have tried to lose weight and keep it off many times in my life. I’ve followed several “fad diets” or “crash diets” in my life. I’ve lost weight quickly, but never kept it off. My weight has fluctuated so much throughout my entire life. I’ve finally found a lifestyle that I believe has helped me lose weight and so far keep it off.

Growing up, my family was never too conscientious about what we ate. We didn’t think badly about going out to eat several times a week. We baked and ate sweets. We drink pops and juice as much as we wanted. I was chubby most of my life because of this. I have learned that the biggest factor to losing weight, and keeping it off is my diet! I can eat  sweets in moderation. I can eat out with friends every once in a while. The biggest factor, is doing those things in moderation.

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To start off eating better:

  • I cut down my sugar intake. Doing this alone has helped curb my cravings so much. I realized that the less I ate those things, the less I craved them.
  • I cut down on the carbs I ate. I used to love a big slice of bread or bowl of pasta. Since I have cut down on those, I have noticed a weight loss. Doing this, I have lost quite a bit of water weight alone.
  • I focus more on vegetables and lean protein to fill me up. I boosted my metabolism by making sure that I eat protein every day. Some things that I focus on eating are chicken, lamb, fish and eggs. These are lean proteins that help keep me full longer. I don’t feel like I need to eat again shortly after I finish!
  • I eat more vegetables, I make sure to fill my plate with them! There are so many good kinds of vegetables that help fill you up and have very few calories. A few of my favorites are broccoli, tomatoes, kale, spinach and brussel sprouts. So many of these vegetables are filled with fiber and vitamins that I need. Not only do these vegetables taste good, but are loaded with things that are good for me.
  • I eat three meals every day. Between meals if I find myself hungry, I will snack on vegetables. I like fruit also, but it can be loaded with sugar. I will let myself snack on more fruit than candy bars though!
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Another major part of losing weight for me, was becoming more active. As a child my family didn’t do much to be active. We didn’t really enjoy sports or spend much time outdoors together. I was never part of a sports team growing up either. I always felt like it was just too much work to be active. Now that I am active, I can’t imagine my life any different! I have come to love working out. I do a lot of work outs at the gym and at home. At the gym I take part in many fitness classes. I love weight lifting classes and cardio classes. I like to lift weights because I am building my muscles, while also burning fat. I also like to take cycling classes, that really blast the fat. I sweat a lot during these classes, burning calories.

I love to do things outside with the family now. We spend a lot of time on the trail near our house. We go on long bike rides and walks, sometimes to the ice cream shop. Moderation is key! We play sports together. Doing this has shown my children how important it is to grow up active and healthy. No matter what exercise I do, I always feel better after a workout. Sometimes it is difficult for me to work up the motivation to get started. I feel lazy and tired some days. If I make myself get up and moving, I am sure to feel better afterwards.

Losing weight has been a big confidence builder and I feel better about myself. I have more energy, feel better and I get sick less often. I know that I need to keep up my diet and exercise in order to keep the weight off.

Mark Reed

Physician at Arizona hospital
Dr. Mark Reed, MD had always loved friends Arizona with its pretty, precious people. It was a place where he felt proud to be a member of the community. He was a compassionate, healthy, athlete with thin arms and long legs in high school. His friends saw him as an enthusiastic, delightful student. Once, he had even helped a sneezing old woman cross the road near the market. That's the sort of man he is. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark walked over to the window and reflected on people and his surroundings. The sun shone on his career and he embraced his new life of helping others. After a talk as a guest speaker at Stanford one year, he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure just like a young version of Dr. Mark Reed. This was a caring student with tired arms and a frail hand. Dr. Mark saw it as an opportunity to reach out and become a mentor. He was not prepared to see a version of himself during his speaking appearance at a local college. As Dr. Mark stepped outside and the young med student came closer, he could see the wet glint in his eye. Dr. Mark gazed with the affection of a father. He offered to help him when it came time to do his internship. That is the kind of caring person Dr. Mark has become known as. Dr. Mark always does kind things for patients such as warming the stethoscope. The people Dr. Mark has helped at the Arizona hospital where his work has made him a pillar of the community. Dr. Mark regards his patients' tired limbs with care and always has a way of making them feel comfortable. After graduating from Arizona State University Dr. Mark went on to Harvard before taking a residency at Johns Hopkins University. After several years, he eventually announced he had been accepted at a prestigious Arizona Hospital. Dr. Mark focuses on being ethical, his emotions are always in check, and he is determined to serve his patients to the best of his ability.
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Dr. Mark Reed, MD had always loved friends Arizona with its pretty, precious people. It was a place where he felt proud to be a member of the community. He was a compassionate, healthy, athlete with thin arms and long legs in high school. His friends saw him as an enthusiastic, delightful student. Once, he had even helped a sneezing old woman cross the road near the market. That's the sort of man he is. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark walked over to the window and reflected on people and his surroundings. The sun shone on his career and he embraced his new life of helping others. After a talk as a guest speaker at Stanford one year, he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure just like a young version of Dr. Mark Reed. This was a caring student with tired arms and a frail hand. Dr. Mark saw it as an opportunity to reach out and become a mentor. He was not prepared to see a version of himself during his speaking appearance at a local college. As Dr. Mark stepped outside and the young med student came closer, he could see the wet glint in his eye. Dr. Mark gazed with the affection of a father. He offered to help him when it came time to do his internship. That is the kind of caring person Dr. Mark has become known as. Dr. Mark always does kind things for patients such as warming the stethoscope. The people Dr. Mark has helped at the Arizona hospital where his work has made him a pillar of the community. Dr. Mark regards his patients' tired limbs with care and always has a way of making them feel comfortable. After graduating from Arizona State University Dr. Mark went on to Harvard before taking a residency at Johns Hopkins University. After several years, he eventually announced he had been accepted at a prestigious Arizona Hospital. Dr. Mark focuses on being ethical, his emotions are always in check, and he is determined to serve his patients to the best of his ability.

10 thoughts on “Dispelling the Myths of Weight Loss and How Actually to Keep the Pounds Off”

  1. It’s odd, but for me, my weight loss experience was not a positive one. I lost my appetite because of stress, anxiety, and depression, and lost a good amount of weight over a year and a half. People were so nice and complimentary to me when they saw me, but they did not realize that I would have been happier to have lost weight in a more natural, healthy way.

  2. I lost 20 pounds in two months by adjusting my diet. This is not a fast weight loss, more like slow and steady which is healthier and works best for me. I cut down (not out) on carbs, fats, and sugars. I tried other diets where I completely or almost completely cut out carbs and found that too difficult to stick to. The cravings were too much.

  3. I spent my life thinking that I would be overweight forever, that I would never lose weight. Until my son was born and the love for him made me want to live with quality and for a long time. I began to exercise often, walking and then running. I also changed my diet with the support of a nutritionist. Today, I feel healthy and ready to face anything.

  4. I am currently exercising and still have not lost any weight since i started. I am counting on losing at least 10 kg by the end of next year, I still have to work hard though.

  5. Weight loss is important for many reasons, like health, self steem, self love, and some more. There are persons out there that thinks that weight loss is just for society patterns, but it is not, is about healthy too, there are people dying for over weight around the globe for diabetes, overcharged heart and pancreas, overwelmed skeleton and other things.
    It is a serious subject that people souldn’t joke about it, there are persons taking his own life for suffer with bullyng for weight, that is not fair, but the person that is overheight has to worry about it, it is a big deal, you could die if you not take care for yourself. I think that is the most important message of all.

  6. After having my two sons, I gained a significant amount of weight. I am not a dieter, so it took a lot of will power and patience to figure out how to lose the baby weight. I followed a healthy meal plan and removed sugary drinks from my diet. It took over a year, but I lost all 30 pounds that I gained after my pregnancies.

  7. Those of you out there, it’s important to realize that your body dips into its fat stores when you become hungry. Eat nutritionally dense and less often. Do not give into temptation and eat something when you’re not supposed to. Your body will sustain itself.

  8. At the age of 20 I was obese, I looked in the mirror and decided to change. I started eating healthy foods and I went to the gym every day, at 22 I am in perfect shape.

  9. I am 5’5 and I was 253 lbs.Talk about a whale, ever chasing the next diet. Beach this, bacon fat that, lemon water will melt your fat, yeah, nope. Tried it. Hit the gym every day and simply put eat right. That is how I lost 135 lbs in 18 months. Proper balance, and movement that’s how, it is done.

  10. I am so happy. After a few years of consistently struggling with my weight. I have lost 4 kgs in 3 months by eating much healthier and exercising for one hour 4 days a week. I have so much more energy and stamina now! I will continue to maintain this positive, healthy lifestyle. Commitment and patience is the key.

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