This is a very personal post and I was hesitant for a long time, but finally decided to write it because I think it could help some of you if you are dealing with diets or trying to lose weight.
Growing up I was never overweight, but I was not skinny either. During my teenage years I gained some weight but it was nothing to worry about. Until the age of 18, I never stopped practicing sports (baskeball).
During my years at university (between 18 and 22) that I went out way too much, lived in a big city with flatmates who didn’t like to cook (so fast food was often on the table), and did’t do any sports. The result: I gained A LOT of weight. Now I was still happy and was not very concerned about my weight, but at some point I realized I was not healthy and needed to do something about it. I wanted to be able to run a 5k or to shop for clothes on the high-street.
During fall 2008 I had made the decision: I was going to lose weight.
And so I did. And oh, I did it my way. I didn’t visit a doctor, or a nutritionist, or anything like that. I just starved me and went back to the gym.
I didn’t keep the healthiest of diets, I based my food on a “diet app” that doesn’t exist anymore (which probably means it was not the best of things). I remember my breakfast used to be a banana and a granola bar, and my lunch was often 3 or 4 rice cakes with some low-fat cheese. Not the best, that’s for sure. The result: at the end I went to my family doctor and she was mad at me, I was lacking iron and lots of nutrients…
I lost 20kg in a year and didn’t gain them back. But let’s be hones, it could have happend; we all know about the rebound effect when you go on a drastic diet.
Here are some pictures of the before/after:
Anyways, since then I really need to be careful with what I eat. I gain weight very easily, but luckily I am fond of sports again and this allows me to have treats and still maintain the same weight.
With this post I just wanted to say: if I did it, anyone can. Seriously. But also: do it the right way: a doctor or nutritionist will be able to guide you, give you the right foods and help you lose weight in a safe way.
If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask.
Have a great day! 🙂