Snapshot of My Weight Loss Experience: The Gym and Calorie Deficits

Before I begin my post, I would like to say that I am not a doctor nor health professional of any sort. Before starting any kind of diet and exercise plans, please talk to your physician about these changes to see if they are right for you. Also, this post/page does not promote eating disorders of any kind. If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, please call The National Eating Disorder Association Hotline at 1-800-931-2237. Please talk to your doctor before making any physical changes with yourselves. We want to be cautious of all changes we make with ourselves. This is my experience only!

While I was pregnant a few months ago, I gained plenty of weight. I was prepared for it and dreaded it. On December 31st 2019, I told myself, my New Year Resolution is to lose weight! So I signed up for a gym in mid January, and I now go twice a week. Going to the gym, I feel absolutely amazing yet tired. When I exercise, the thought of homework and bills leave my mind and I feel stress-free. Then, I realized that my diet had to change as well. I began to look up reasonable diets to start out with and one that I found interesting was the calorie deficit along with clean eating. During the entire month and a half, I lost 8 and a half pounds, which is a total of 1 lb a week, which is a very realistic and healthy weight loss. Of course starting out, I would still eat sweets but in moderation.

 Fruits, salads, turkey, spinach, chicken, smoothies, eggs and plenty of water were just a few of the main things I consumed the most. On average, I eat about 1200 calories a day and most of the time less than that. When it comes to calorie deficits, you should try to create a plan for yourself, plan what you should eat and understand that calorie deficits affect people differently. You must track how many calories go in and how many go out. Calories going in means how much you are eating. Calories going out mean how much you are burning by exercise. For breakfast, I usually eat oatmeal, a fruit, a boiled egg, cut up fruit with water, and/or a coffee. For lunch, I usually eat a turkey sandwich, a big salad, grilled chicken sandwiches, basically anything that a vegetable in it or on it. Dinner would be tricky, but I would usually eat something baked such as chicken, a turkey salad or sandwich.

Today, I bought a Fitbit Inspire HR and a sauna suit. To keep up with my daily intakes, I downloaded the Fitbit app which helps track my weight, calories, heart rate, exercise, food intake and water intake. I cannot wait to try out the sauna suit because I heard good things about it. Diets are not going to be perfect because you will have days where you cheat, but that doesn't mean your life is over, move on! There have been days where I messed up, but never gave up. I believe that going to the gym and starting this deficit and clean eating is probably one of the best things that I could have done because it makes me feel great physically and mentally.

At the end of April, I will do a follow up of how my weight loss is going. What are some of your takes on weight loss?


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