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Woman Loses Almost Half Her Body Weight With Three Simple Changes
If you surf the Internet much, you might have seen the amazing journey one woman documented on her webpage. “Amanda” was 26 years old and weighed 222 pounds (100 kilos). During the course of a single year, she lost an amazing 88 pounds (40 kilos) and achieved an astounding transformation. Amanda took a photo of herself every month to prove that she was actually losing the weight she claimed.
When you look at these photos, her body transformation is certainly amazing, but you can also see she looks happier and perhaps even filled with more self-esteem in every picture. She begins to look more confident and pleased with her results.
On her webpage, Amanda admits that her weight loss voyage took place in her mind as well as her body, and that it resulted in a positive emotional investment. She is now trying her best to help and encourage others who want to lose weight, but she emphasizes the perfect beauty of individuality.
How did she do it?
It’s easier than you might think. Amanda did not go on any fad diets or fasts. She didn’t work with a personal trainer. She didn’t starve herself, and she didn’t run a marathon. Amanda simply applied three changes to her life and took on a gradual weight loss approach.
Change #1: She Consumed a High Protein, Low Carb Diet
Eating a high protein diet is perhaps one of the best ways to lose weight. Research shows that eating a diet rich in protein can prevent obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, as well as keeping LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad cholesterol) levels low. Most people don’t consume enough protein, and if you are trying to get rid of that oh-so-stubborn belly fat, eating more protein is the key.
Why did this work?
Since our bodies find it harder to digest protein, it stays in our system longer and our bodies work harder to metabolize it. This will leave you feeling fuller and burning extra calories. Also, eating protein forces your body to burn fat, not muscle. The amino acids in protein are used for building muscle — they can’t be stored as fat, and as a result you will look more toned.
Consume plenty of complete proteins. We call protein complete when it contains all nine of the amino acids that are needed to build muscle. Some of the best sources of this are:
- Skinless poultry (such as chicken or turkey)
- Hemp seeds
- Lean beef
- Low fat dairy ( milk, yogurt, cheese)
Most people should eat between 0.5 grams and one gram of protein per pound of body weight each day. If you are more active, go for the one gram. If you are more sedentary, go for the 0.5 grams.