Hey. My name is Brandon. From April 2007 to now, I have lost 70 pounds. It took me about 10 months to lose it all and I have kept it all off since then. I didn’t use surgery, drugs or even expensive weight loss equipment. I did it all through a consistent plan of diet, exercise, and accountability with a self-made foodlog. I recorded every single thing I ate and really tried my best to keep a continual calorie deficit going. I began by cutting 500 calories out of my daily intake. This lead to 1-2 pounds of weight loss a week until I reached my goal weight.
For exercise, a VERY important part of the process, I began jogging around my neighborhood. When I started, I couldn’t run 1/4 mile but I kept with it. Even though it wasn’t “fun” at first, running has become a passion for me. Last year I completed my first marathon. This year I am trying to focus on building more muscle mass and further reducing my body fat percentage through sprinting, weight training and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
I have a degree in engineering instead of nutrition, so I looked at my fitness problems from a scientific point of view. I figured out what my body needed to function properly and what I needed to do to lose weight. I applied this to my life and managed to work around my shortcomings.
I’d say that on the whole, weight loss isn’t that hard. It just takes CONSISTENCY. If you can train yourself to continuously make the right choices more often than not, then you will eventually see progress.
tl;dr: I was born. I got fat. I started running and lost 70 lbs.
April 2007: 234 lbs.
2009: 166 lbs.