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- Finding the right motivation to lose weight often comes from others who have similar experiences.
- Losing weight requires lifestyle changes you can sustain.
- The initial weight loss is only part of the equation. You need to have a plan in order to maintain your loss.
Making a lifestyle change to get healthy and/or lose weight is a journey unique to each of us. While you’re on your way, hearing about other people’s transformations can be inspirational and encouraging.
So, if you’re in need of a little motivation, check out these weight loss tips from people who have been there and done that.
Matt Schiffman: Sticking to a ketogenic diet helped him lose over 100 pounds.
Matt Schiffman, VP of Brand Management at RSP Nutrition, lost, and kept off, over 100 pounds after he decided to take charge of his health through small daily improvements.
One improvement he implemented immediately was a shift in his diet. “For me, a ketogenic diet worked well because I love fatty cuts of meat and savory foods,” he told INSIDER.
But you can’t force it. That’s why his advice is to find a diet that works for you and allows you to eat the types of foods you love. “There is no one single right diet, but there is a diet that is right for you,” Schiffman said.
Mike DeMaria: Intermittent fasting helped this firefighter lose 23 pounds.
Intermittent fasting is at the center of professional firefighter Mike DeMaria’s weight loss. He recently lost 23 pounds by sticking to a strict eating schedule through intermittent fasting (IF).
Eating only between the hours of noon and 8:00 pm, he said e watched the weight melt off of him. As he began to lose weight, he also felt more energized and started to work out more frequently in the gym switching between running, Stairmaster, weights, and other exercises.
One tip from DeMaria: avoid doing the same workout every day. “Some days I run five to seven miles outside, while others I may run two to three miles on the treadmill,” he told INSIDER. He also alternates between the Stairmaster, quick plyo workouts with burpees, push-ups, etc., and lifting weights.
April Storie: An exercise app helped her lose 26 pounds.
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As an Army veteran, April Storie told INSIDER that physical fitness has always been a part of her life. But in December 2016, her dad died, and the grief was unexpected, immense, and exhaustive, which led to poor food choices and lack of physical activity.
In November 2017, she said she discovered an app called Aaptiv and purchased a one-year subscription. “As I began to move more, I started making healthier eating options,” said Storie. “I eliminated all inflammatory causing foods and stopped all supplements and pain medications with the goal of allowing my body’s systems to heal and restore themselves,” she explained.
Storie used the meditation section of the Aaptiv app morning, noon, and night to help eliminate stress, and the yoga and walking programs for gentle yet effective movement while her body healed. Aten 10 months, Storie is down 26 pounds and has her sights set on returning to 5k running races.
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