I started my journey in June of last year at 250 unofficially 248 officially. I went on a plant based diet and eat mostly fruit. I was unemployed, severely obese, type 2 diabetes, severe obstructive sleep apnea (Using a bipap machine to sleep) asthma, acid reflux, migraines and allergies. I could barely walk from my couch to my front door without being breathless. Fast forward to today. No medical symptoms and I have not even had a cold since I started my journey. I have a job finally! I am almost to the century mark for weight loss. I ran 20 miles on saturday at a 9.08 minute mile. I am also still not taking any medications. Just letting people know that if you change your diet and move your body you to can realize your goals. I am currently 5'10' and 153lbs.View Thread
I have not been on here for awhile but to answer your question of how did i do it? I did not eat less. I switched to a plant based diet and eat mostly fruit with beans thrown in every once in a while. I have energy and actually enjoy exercising now. Due to my extensive time off I was not able to run the marathon this year plus I was not ready. I completed a 20 mile run this past weekend so I am getting close. Many people have been critical of my dietary lifestyle change. I am always told that I dont get enough protein, calcium and b12. Thus far all of my blood work has come back positive. I am going to my doctor Thursday to get a 6 month check up. My advice to drop the pounds is to cut out the processed foods. You would be amazed at how good you feel. Anyway, I am 153lbs and am not in a rush to hit 145. I am confident it will happen.View Thread
Congratulations!! I remember going from morbidly obese, obese to overweight and finally to healthy weight! it was an 8 month journey that I am still on. I feel that I am still not healthy as I have a bit of a belly still but working on that. The BMI was and still is a great motivator for me. Keep up the great work!!!View Thread
hope all is well with you this wonderful day. i have read the same thing regarding vitamin B. I do take sub-lingual b-12 and b2. I consume almond milk and hemp milk which is fortified with calcium, vitamin b and d. I am due for another series of blood tests. I can not tell you how much better I feel since I started on a plant based diet. Many vegans go this route due to concern about the animals and environment. I must say that I am a bit selfish and made the switch for my health. The only thing that gets old is people asking me where I get my protein from but it is part of the territory.View Thread
I get my protein from bananas, beans and flax seed. The only deficiency I may suffer from is vitamin b. Since I started this new lifestyle the side effects are as follows: No more migraines, no acid reflux, have not caught a cold or flu (usually sick every other week), getting fit and I am no longer carrying around 70 pounds of additional fat!! I am surprised how much push back I get from my dietary choice. For me it works and most importantly I never feel hungry!!! I forgot to add that I have type 2 diabetes and had high blood pressure. I no longer take medication and all vitals are normal. I think our illustrious marketing machine has brain washed the american people into believing many foods are nutritious and required to be healthy. I used to subscribe to it myself but my eyes have been opened and for the first time in over forty years I truly enjoy life.View Thread
Hello, Yes I eat all kinds of fruit. My staple is bananas and Medjool dates mixed as a smoothie. I love watermelon, blueberries, jack fruit and coconuts. Once in awhile I will indulge by eating a durian fruit. I eat spinach, avocados, tomatoes, celery and I use a lemon or lime for the dressing. I have been living the vegan lifestyle for 6 months and have been raw off and on for the past two months. I tend to fall off the wagon every few days. I will be 100% soon. As I mentioned in another post you must be careful when eating fruits. You do not want to eat a sweet fruit such as a banana then consume an acid fruit such as an orange because you will have gas and it can be rather uncomfortable. A good starting point is getting a book at the library called 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham. He lays out how to be successful on this program. By the way, I have type 2 diabetes and I no longer require meds to control my blood sugar. Most diabetic will tell you that I should be dead eating the way I do. Blood glucose levels have been in check and I feel great. Lastly, I do not consume any animal products nor do I eat any processed foods. I do not consume any added salt. I hope this gives you a general idea. Any more questions please feel free to ask.View Thread
My success is not eating less. This is what prompted me to seek out this diet. I always eat until I am full. I usually eat 2500 to 3000 calories a day. I exercise at least 30 minutes a day. I also try to run a few miles every few days. The cold weather and a new job put a hold on my running for now. I would like to lose additional weight to help increase my running ability. When you start this new lifestyle you may experience a temporary weight gain but then it comes off. You need to make sure you do not mix acid fruits with sweet fruits as you get a mean case of gas. Fruit must be ripe as well. Fruit that is not ripe such as bananas will be starchy which will not bode well for weight loss.View Thread
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