The image of my obese and sickly 81.81kg-self back in June 2014 is still on my head. It’s still vivid.
It used to make me so awkward and lowered my self-esteem. I always wanted to lose those unnecessary fat, fast.
Me in April 2014 with my favorite Aeropostale shirt.
It was impossible to fit in the clothes that I want. I wanted to look fab too but I couldn’t. I always had to settle with what fits instead. I would end up buying slacks and blouses that I would outgrow in just a few months. Heck! In my peak, my clothes sizes were 3xl and 4L. Wearing those clothes made me look older than my age.
It was also a pain riding in the FX, a transportation in the Philippines where a 3-seat row is packed with 4 people. And those FX seatmates would look at me as if I caused everyone to be packed too tight causing their discomfort!
“Common, I paid for this seat too. Stare at the driver for packing all 4 of us here. Don’t look at me.” I always wished I could give them a little sarcasm. “Hello, were you not taught that it’s really rude to stare?”
My photo of me taken 4 days ago during our Sunday night hangout with friends.
It’s all a thing in the past now. I have successfully achieved my goal of shedding off 25kg of unnecessary fat. From an 81.81kg awkward and obese woman, I am now 56.6kg. And my clothes size is no longer 3xl. It is now size small.
And yes, I’m more confident with myself now too. And happier.
Of course some of my friends and acquaintances would ask me what pills I took or if I took some special diet drinks and teas. No way! I didn’t do that and I don’t plan to do that either. And so when I told them what I did, they are all too surprised.
Here are 4 tricks which I did to lose 25 kg of unnecessary weight and prevent them from coming back
1. Drink lots of cold water. Yes. And I mean cold water not hot or lukewarm water. It takes 9.5 calories more to burn cold water than its counterpart at room temperature. It’s a trick to make our body burn more calories for us even if all we did is just drink water.
I drink at least a glass of cold water in the morning right after I wake up. It’s refreshing and makes me feeling full. Aside from that, it hydrates and flushes toxins out of my body. All throughout the day I drink at least 6 glasses (about 1.4 L) of cold water.
2) Drink a cup of Zero sugar coffee with unsalted butter every morning. I put 10 g of unsalted butter to my customary cup of morning coffee. Although I am not obsessed with what brand of butter that is, I have been loyal to Anchor Butter, a brand that comes from New Zealand because their cows are grass-fed. Haha. I support organic products too.
For only 72 calories all in my cup of coffee and thanks to the good fat in the butter, I enjoy full-bodied coffee which makes me feel full for about 5 hours. Yes, with a cup of this mix, and at least I can last the whole of my morning without any cravings for other food. And I don’t feel hungry either.
But because I am a proponent of no skipping breakfast, I always have at most 4 pieces of 20-g pan de sal too. Or I would have a piece of apple or a small solo-sized pineapple for breakfast.
3. Eat veggies and meat for lunch. The macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates, and fat – are necessary for our body to carry its normal functions. Aside from their major functions, they are also needed for our body to absorb and use certain vitamins and minerals. That said, my lunch will always have vegetables and meat, poultry, or fish. And of course, I drink at least a glass of cold water with it too.
My typical lunch. It always has mixed vegies and I pair it with either meat, poultry, or fish.
4. Eat lots of fresh fruits. My favorites are pineapples, apples, banana, pears, and watermelon. They are a regular in my fridge and on my table. These fruits are high in fiber and low in calories. A cup (165 g) of chunk fresh pineapple for example only have 82 calories. And 1 large apple of about 223 g only has 116 calories.
You can eat until you are full without to worry about packing too much calories. And to top that, you would notice your skin will acquire a different kind of beautiful glow.
Of course I did not lose all 25 kgs in a matter of 10 days. I had to do it the right and healthy way. I lost about 6 – 9 lbs of weight each month in the first few months then it stabilized at around 5 lbs every month. I made it to 128 lbs in April 2015 coming from 180 lbs in June 2014. That’s 11 months from when I started my healthy weight loss journey.
You can make it too. Remember: Obesity is not a life sentence.
Being fit and fab is totally in your hands!