– Over the past year and a half, I've lost about 65 pounds of fat. Here's some tips that helped me that might help you. (lively instrumental music) When a lot of people talk about dieting and losing weight, they
do it as a temporary fix and not as a life-long goal. People think about, oh,
I got prom coming up. Oh, I have a wedding coming up. I have some big birthday coming up, a vacation, I wanna look
good in a bathing suit. I used to be a crash dieter and would fluctuate weight like crazy and the only thing that really works is sticking to a healthy lifetstyle. Once you get to where you wanna be or you plateau, something's
gonna have to give.
So you either have to work out
harder or change your diet. No one's perfect. Now, that doesn't mean, if you fail or you know, after like five days you should have a cheat meal. Try to be as loyal as you can to yourself. I always tell people the hardest part's the first two weeks with a diet. Changing those eating habits is hard. From all this, I've learned
how to be a better cook, especially healthy cook, and learn what's in food that I can make better for myself.
The diet that I'm on
is actually low-sugar, low-carb and high-protein. I think when you're younger, especially when you're in your twenties, you think you're invincible. You think you're gonna be this, you know, you can do whatever you want. You can drink, smoke, consume
whatever you want in your body and your body's never
gonna have a change to it. And then when you hit your thirties, things really start to
slow down in your body and you see changes and you
have to adjust to those things and that was something
that was really hard for me for a long time.
I think a lot of people
get intimidated by gyms. Youtube, you can just
Youtube different body parts or different workouts,
whether it's chest and tris, back and bis, there's so
many different workouts. Research a bit and this way you'll know when you're going into
your gym, your routine. For someone that's starting off, you know, I would just
say cut through the fear. Live your life. If you wanna be a better you, you gotta start somewhere and it's all you but just go. Don't say, well, Monday's
the beginning of the week. It's now Wednesday so I'm
gonna binge for five days and then when Mondays starts.
Start Thursday. If it's a Wednesday, start Thursday. If you're a person who
likes to go out after work and hang out with friends or just to relax and doesn't wanna go to the gym, then make a routine and force
yourself to get up early and go before work. I'm not a morning person and now I am because I force myself up to get up at six so I'm at the gym by 6:30 so I can at least get an hour workout in, get home, shower, and get to work on time. Just because you've reached your goal doesn't mean you just stop there. You know, continue, continue, continue to strive to be the best person you can. Another helpful tip if you can is find someone that's passionate like you and wants to do this lifestyle change.
It's always great to have like a friend to work out with you, to push you along the way. You can do it by yourself and I did it mostly by myself, but you know, throughout
this year and a half, I've had various friends
join me on this journey, doing their own journey and
we've pushed each other. So if you can find someone, you know, a really good friend that wants to do this
with you, push each other.
When I finally hit my six-week goal, I had to really, you know, buy a whole lot of new clothes and I went through my old clothes and I started to put some stuff in for a Goodwill bag. And one of my friend's says, no, man, you should keep
some of your fat clothes, just in case, and I was
like, just in case of what? You know, just in case
you slip and fall back into being big again, and I remember saying that. I was like, wow, that's a good point and then I was like no. I don't wanna go back to that. I put in a bag and I put off to Goodwill because I didn't wanna have an excuse or a reason to go back and that motivated me
more to lose more weight so I can get better fitting clothes 'cause all of a sudden, I was able to go into different stores
and try on the clothing that I never got to try on before.
It really opened up my wardrobe and it made me feel a
lot better about myself. A lot of people always focus on the scale. They always say, oh, I'm
gonna weigh myself each week, on a Wednesday, whatever the time is, and they, you know, sometimes they're impressed by the number,
sometimes they're not. The number means nothing. It's honestly the clothes that you wear, how you feel, how you carry yourself.
You feel so much better. You'll have endorphins
running through your body. You'll know when you feel healthy. I feel so much better. I sleep so much better. My posture is so much better. I stand better, I stand taller. I feel like I grew an inch from this because I was slouching over. My core was not strong. So overall, this has just been, you know, an eye-opening experience for me. (upbeat instrumental music).