This is week four of my weight loss challenge on a plant based diet! I can’t believe it’s already been a month.
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Weight Loss Challenge Progress
To commemorate my weight loss challenge’s monthaversary, I’ve prepared some charts to show my progress. They include my body measurements in inches, my weight, and my BMI. I plan to do this monthly to make it easier to see how much progress I’ve made.
As you can tell from the title, I’ve lost fourteen pounds so far. As the days progress, I continue to see improvements in many areas of my life.
For example, this Wednesday I took my wife to watch Paper Towns at Dolphin Mall and the automatic stairs weren’t working. My first reaction was outrage. How dare Dolphin Mall make me exercise! But I quickly snapped out of that negative thinking and we began to climb.
I was surprised to notice I was not immediately out of breath. As a matter a fact, I made it all the way up without out sweating or panting. Even the little things, those we find mundane at times, have the power to motivate us and propel us forward in positive ways.
Throughout the week I have continued to feel energized. I am satisfied after every meal and don’t feel deprived at all. I have better circulation and improved concentration.
Am I Eating Too Much?
It’s exciting to see so much improvement after such a short period of time on a low fat diet. There were times when I wondered if I would really lose weight because I felt like I was eating a lot. And, like most, I’ve been brainwashed into thinking that to lose weight I must starve myself. Finally, that paradigm has shifted and I’m gradually learning how weight loss really works.
The body is very complex and weight loss involves many different mechanisms. However, in the end, it is all very simple. You just need to eat low fat, high carb foods with a lot of fiber.
If you eat whole plant foods, which are mostly low in fat, then your body will store less fat. Also, by eating high carb plants filled with fiber you will generally eat fewer calories altogether. Our bodies are designed to use the least amount of energy possible to be able to survive through food shortages and famine.
According to Dr. Mcdougall, it is not as easy as we think for the body to convert carbohydrates into fat. It takes more energy for the body to do this than the energy received from the carbohydrate. It is much easier to store fat. There is no conversion necessary.
Thriving on a Plant Based Diet
Life is good and I’m feeling optimistic. Eating a plant based diet is the best decision I have ever made. In the past, it did not matter which weight loss diet I was folowing. I had little to no results. Looking at all of my past videos and pictures I am starting to see the difference and it is extremely validating.
As someone who is morbidly obese, I can relate to the struggles of trying to lose a few pounds. It can be so frustrating and disheartening when the scale just won’t budge even though you are trying your best.
When I first began my blog and YouTube channel, my primary motivation was to create more accountability for myself. But, as time went on, it blossomed into a desire to help others and inspire anyone who finds my blog or YouTube channel to live a healthier life.
I want to thank everyone who has read my blog and/or watched my videos. The comments I’ve received on YouTube have given me great encouragement.
Stay Strong, Rise Above