I wanted to summarize it as best as I could in this post.
LOW CARBS. If you know what that means, great! If you don’t, then let me inform you about the most important and fundamental aspect of weight loss. Keeping insulin in check. It’s as simple as that. Intermittent Fasting, Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 etc, all diets are just variations of that concept. Try different diets, see what works for you/what you can stick with, and focus on tracking your carbs.
Excersise is mostly optional. Let me explain. As I’ve stated before, 95% of weight loss is your diet/calorie intake. Abs start in the kitchen not the gym. I’ve found through my time of giving people advice about weight loss that they focus heavily on exercise, thinking they have to start the gym, go running every day, take classes, commit large amounts of time every week. And yes, doing excersise will result in weight loss… As long as you’re eating less than your burning. The commitment to exercise is something that scares people. They don’t think they have the time, or the energy to do it so they think they’re basically unable to lose weight. It’s not the case! As long as your diet is on point, you can make do with 20 minutes of walking a day, or other small additions of excersise which won’t tire/stress you out, but will still contribute to your overall weight loss.
Don’t worry about the number on the scale. It is negligible compared to other ways of measuring progress, like how your clothes fit, how you look in the mirror, what belt loop that you use etc etc. People worry so much about the number, I did too the entire time I was losing weight. Thinking back, it was the one thing that probably caused me the most stress during that time, waking up and seeing my weight going up ruined my entire day before it even began. What I wish I knew then that I know now is that your weight fluctuates so heavily, 5,6,7+ pounds in a single day. There is no point getting caught up on what number you are at every day. I’ve now learned how to do weekly comparisons, where I still weigh myself daily but then average it for the week and compare it to the week prior. As long as I’m overall going down (or staying the same if you’re maintaining) then I know I’m on the right path.
Maintenance is hard, but not as hard as having to lose weight. I’ve stayed between 200-210 lbs for a few years now, and it is difficult. But it’s not as difficult as losing a 100+ pounds was, and that’s what keeps me in check. Remembering how difficult it was initially to get to this point allows me to appreciate how far I’ve come, and to treasure what I’ve achieved and to keep it up as long as I can.
I have more tips and tricks that I discussed in my video, but broadly what I’ve outlined above is the most important aspects of weight loss that I found out over months of losing weight. Hopefully it helps yall out on your own journeys, Good Luck to everyone who reads this, you got it!