Starting Weight: 187.4 lbs
Goal Weight Range: 113-119 lbs
Current Weight: 116.4 lbs
Time it took to lose the weight: 40 weeks
Time in long term weight maintenance: 2 years, 23 months
Menopause: 2 years
Weight graphs below.
Oh, do this one thing..... before you spend another month in a "highly ranked" U.S. News and World Reports Diet rankings 2015, evaluate if your weight loss and weight maintenance food template is the best one for your:
1. Molecular Genetics
3. Health Goals
4. Emotional Health
5. Overall Well Being
6. Age and hormonal status
Hey! There's a reason why Paleo is the most googled diet term of 2013-2014. Now to be fair, I lost my weight using Medifast, but I maintain using a Paleo, Modified Auto-Immune Food template.
E-GADS! I'm glad I can use my brain to figure out what works for me.
What does this mean for me? I found a great , real food, lower carb, higher natural fat food template that keeps me feeling young, strong, sleeping well, as disease free as I can get.
What does this mean for you? Use your own n=1 (your own self experiment) and your own mind to decide what weight loss and weight maintenance plan works for you.
What worked for me:
1.There is no one thing that will work for all people. What did work was finding the food template that works best. For you it may be Paleo, Primal, Mediterranean, Auto-Immune Protocol, The Wahl's Protocol. Heck, it might even be vegan, vegetarian, Weight Watchers. Medifast . Moderate all the things..
2. I used my own brain and body feed back to make changes to meet my weight maintenance and long term health goals. Moderating grains and sugars fed what I believe to be a life long food addiction. I faced my patterns head on, in a much more effective way.
3. I have a good sense of self.
4. My food template sure does taste good!
In the past, what didn't work
1. I used diet plans that were effective for weight loss, but failed to be the best tools for me in long term maintenance. I failed to switch up plans when what I chose stopped working.
2. I hid from the scale and did not want to see the pattern of emotional eating and mental use of crappy processed foods as an addictive pattern. I refused to address either. Both kept me in an unwell state of health. I did not embrace using my most effective tools.
3. I was so brain washed into thinking that the diet plans that were "best for others", "popular" would be best for me. Like a lemming off a cliff. It took me about 1 full year to really stop being afraid of good fats and proteins. I was terrified. Better late than never.
4. Meh, low fat, high carb wasn't the best tasting food ever. I enjoy using sea salt, olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed beef now. Great flavor profiles. I can't say a WW frozen dinner and dessert was the best tasting thing on the planet. Just saying.. Oh, was I ever miserable on a DASH diet. Turns out I can use sea salt and get great blood pressure results.
Here's to another month of choosing foods that make me well instead of make me sick and for thinking for myself. I wish the same for you. Promise you'll use your brain to pick your food template based on your own n=1 outcomes.