Start Weight:(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb
Current Weight:(06 Sep 14) 159.8 lb
Goal Weight:160.0 lb
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: losing 6.6 lb a week

My highest weight was 270 lbs. I'm now almost what I weighed as a teenager--when I didn't have a weight problem--but I feel much healthier now: I eat healthy, I don't smoke or drink, and I exercise. I've truly earned my body and it's taken me 2 years to get here. Here's a little history about me:

I did not have a weight problem until I was 19. It was then that I went through a period of eating very little when I was homeless for a few months and I lost some weight. When I went back home, I started eating plentiful and gained back the weight I had lost plus more. I noticed the weight gain and began taking a diet pill and going to the gym (not changing my diet), but the weight kept coming on. That discouraged me, so I said, "Screw the gym. I'll just diet to lose weight." (Not a completely smart decision.)

Then I tried Slim Fast shakes (I was always hungry), then went to a nutritionist who put me on a 1500-cal diet (also hungry, because I was still eating unhealthy). Then my father's friend introduced me to the Atkins Diet. I did it strictly for 6 months and lost 50 lbs. However, I went back to college and was tempted by the campus food, putting most of the weight back on.

I tried different methods to lose weight over the years, but in the end low-carb worked best for me. I've done low-carb 3 times, gaining the weight back the first 2 times. This time, I've kept it off for 5 months so far. It's kind of easy for me to maintain my weight, because I reached a set-point weight, so I just continue what I've been doing.

Right now, my main focus is on staying under my RDI, working out 5 days a week, and eating as healthy as possible, while also enjoying life. I take things one day at a time. I feel confident I will keep this weight off. There's no going back now. This is for life.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you to help you on your weight loss journey. Feel free to message me any time :)

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Right weight for you body
I think something else to point out in regards to "the right weight for your body" is how the "set point" weight affects what the body wants to weigh. I do not believe that all people can reach the same body fat percentage or weight if eating and exercising the same, even with the same height, gender, bone weight, frame size, etc.
posted 12 Aug 2014, 07:35
Right weight for you body
I also didn't know that bone size/density changes with weight. I wouldn't think that gaining weight would affect the size/density of the bones, since my bones ache with excess weight, so that's interesting.
posted 12 Aug 2014, 07:30
Right weight for you body
Before I thought the only way to prevent osteoporosis was with calcium and vitamin D. I'm happy to hear that weightlifting helps too.
posted 12 Aug 2014, 07:28
Right weight for you body
I don't see how if you gain muscle your "zero body fat weight" would be the same. I would think that more muscle would mean more weight - not including the weight of bone, fat, and organs. Unless, if a person loses the exact amount of weight in those other areas as the amount of muscle they gain, but I don't believe that would be possible. I don't have a professional education in fitness, so I could be wrong. I'm just going by what makes sense to me.
posted 12 Aug 2014, 07:26
Right weight for you body
Wholefoodnut, there are some people who want to be average, some who want to be slim, and some who want to be muscular (low body fat). It depends on the person's goals.

I also believe it's based on your lowest or average weight as an adult. People who were skinny at one point in their life, probably want to return to that body shape. People who were overweight/obese their whole life, might not have as high of expectations in regards to their body weight goals (like me).

I was always at the high-end of a "normal" BMI (about 160 lbs at my same height when I was a teen), so my expectations are lower, because of my norm. I just want to achieve how I looked at my slimmest as an adult, which was 150 lbs, because I remember feeling good at that weight. But that weight won't be acceptable to all people.

So there is no right weight for each height and gender. It's based on many factors, including the person's body shape and amount of muscle. People who know you will judge your thinness/thickness on what they are used to you looking like. So some people might think someone is too thin/underweight if they only knew the person as being overweight, but the person may not actually be too skinny for their body type.

I think what's most important is developing a lifestyle that you can maintain so that you can maintain your weight loss, and then accepting the weight that you're at when you stop losing weight, because eating in a way that you cannot sustain will just lead to weight gain in the future, so it's not a good idea to make drastic changes just to reach a certain weight.
posted 09 Aug 2014, 09:27
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