If you want to know how to lose weight, I hope I can help. I admit I’ve tried every diet under the sun. Some worked and some didn’t. But now in my fifties, I can honestly say that I have lost weight 55lbs to be precise and have learned not just how to lose weight, but how to keep it off too.
Actually I’ve just realised that I said some of the diets I tried didn’t work and that’s not strictly true. They all worked. Well, they all worked in that whenever I went on a diet, I lost weight. But I was, up until the last 5 years, a typical yoyo dieter!
I am now at my ideal weight and have kept it in check (within 7lbs) for years. People don’t think I have a weight problem. But I do – I have a naturally fat personality. It’s just that I’ve learned how to lose weight and most importantly how to keep it under control.
I have learned so much about my body, my metabolism, my psychology, my danger triggers and what works for me. And I use this knowledge to maintain the results of all the hard work that finally shifted 55lbs. In truth, I’ve probably lost the same 55lbs 20 times and regained it!
Here’s how to lose weight Anni style:
What I ate to lose weight
So, my last full on diet, the one where I lost 55lbs and have since kept it off, was in three parts.
The exercise I did to lose weight
In the first May of my last full diet, I bought a FitBit (since then I’ve owned no less than 5 FitBits and never go anywher without it). I started walking that May and haven’t stopped! I found out that my average step before I got the walking bug was 2,500 steps a day! Now it’s at least 10,000. If there is one single thing that has helped me maintain my weight, it is undoubtedly walking. I’m not sure how much walking alone helped me to lose weight, but I gradually becam more and more active. Weekly kettlebells and Pilates classes and dancing in my kitchen became part of my routine! I also took the stairs whenever I could and still do. Five days a week at work, I climb at least 25 floors and I never take the lift. I’m fitter now in my fifties than I’ve ever been. The combination of all this activitity means I have increased my metabolism and my TDEE. So I can eat more before I put on weight.
Tools that helped me lose weight
How to lose weight for yourself
Without writing war and peace it’s impossible to tell you everything I did to lose weight in one article. You’ll find tips throughout this site though & I hope they help you find the best way for you to lose your excess weight and keep it off.