1. Weight takes time to gain and lose.

2. Fad diets are not your friend.

3. The real secret to losing a lot of weight is eating more

4. Plan and measure to start climbing your mountain

Make a plan, use it, measure it and improve it.

Don’t be afraid to adapt and improve.

Make sure to eat enough calories.

5. What no one tells you about losing that much weight

  • It is expensive — You will spend a lot of money on clothes, food and exercising.
  • It takes time and commitment — Every day is essential in your journey; in my case, it is almost two years since I started.
  • There will be ups and downs — The downs can be pretty low, that is why it is essential to have a plan, during the downs, it will keep you focused.
  • You will have weeks where you feel you haven’t lost weight — If you have stuck to your plan, and are being honest.
  • You will replace your clothes, multiple times — I have had to replace all my clothes three times so far, I am now bordering on a medium/large and will likely have to replace them again soon.
  • No one will notice until you’ve lost 30–40 pounds, then everyone will see.
  • People will ask you stupid questions — I can see it in their eyes before they do it, they are desperate to ask a question. Generally, it ends up being “do you feel better for it”, but everyone seems to want to share their opinion.
  • People will tell you that you’ve lost too much weight — Don’t listen to them, they may say that they mean well, but they don’t. Weight-loss is a very personal thing, and they do not have your best interests at heart, it is not about you, it is about them.
  • You have to adapt your strategy during the journey — What worked, in the beginning, won’t remain sufficient for the entire journey. You will have to reduce calories, increase exercise, change exercise and adapt.
  • Your motivation will change over your journey — What motivated you in the beginning probably won’t get you through to the end, look for new inspirations and small wins.

In conclusion

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