All of this strength training is making me so bulky! Jokes aside, I lost ~40 lbs by finally ditching overtraining and dieting (along with other disordered eating habits). Now I train for health, strength and functionality - I use solely Fitness Blender home workouts - I haven't even had a gym membership in years!
I eat to nourish & I eat to feel good. There are no other secrets here; I don't use meal replacements, waist trainers, or weight loss teas, I have no diet "rules", I don't use fancy equipment (only dumbbells), no diet pills, I don't count calories, I will never again use any sort of wearable fitness technology, and I never, ever go hungry (seriously not even for a minute. You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry). There are no shortcuts.
This is a bit of a rant, but I just wanted to remind you; being healthy and fit is not as complicated or as expensive as most people make it out to be. It also doesn't have to be something that takes up a lot of your time (I usually only workout 3-6x/week for 25-50mins).
You don't need 99% of all of the junk this industry is trying to sell you. You need your own bodyweight, some motivation, and maybe a set of dumbbells or music to get you through your workouts.
As a side note: A lot of people tend to comment that I "looked good in both pictures" or that I "wasn't fat in the first picture". That's all fine & well but I think it's important to note that I have never called myself fat at any point. In fact, I probably was never categorized as "overweight" by the BMI charts (though I was close). But neither of those things are the point. The point is that I was very ill in the time period of the first picture. I was very sick because I was abusing both food and exercise to the extreme. In the second picture, I have healthy, moderate, sustainable habits that make me feel great. Really in the end the physical changes are a bonus, but they are far from the most interesting part of my story.
Also remember that fitness looks different on everyone! Don't compare yourself to others, and try to speak to yourself kindly, like you would a friend. Remember that your body is constantly changing and try not to tear yourself apart as it does so. You are capable of making changes. Small changes can lead to big results; try doing something for yourself today that your body will thank you for; do a workout (hey, here are 500 free workout videos to choose from!), drink a lot of water or eat a healthy meal. Better yet, do all of the above & repeat.
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