I grew up active but overweight. I was on the swim team from elementary school through high school, and while I'd swim for hours a day, I was still the biggest person in my class.My weight was largely due to my diet: After swim practice, I'd come home feeling so hungry that I'd eat three or four of my mom's meal-replacement shakes, along with a few servings of macaroni and cheese or a couple of frozen dinners.I became more aware of what I ate as a teenager—and how it might be contributing to my health—when I noticed that a lot of my friends and family could seemingly eat whatever they wanted without gaining weight. I felt really jealous and I thought that if I just became thin, then I would be happy. That's how my my eating disorder first started: I wanted to eat the food my friends and family ate and not gain weight. Unfortunately, I let Bulimia take over my life. At one point, I was bingeing and purging up to 20 times a day. But at 18, I put myself into … [Read more...] about ‘I Lost 100 Pounds After Going Low-Carb And Learning To Meal Prep’
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Like most men, Stephen Griffin’s weight gain came on slowly. A few pounds crept on here, another few pounds there, and soon enough he was weighing in at 342 pounds by his mid-twenties. As a member of the Irish Police, Griffin’s weight not only became problematic, it also became the butt of a few jokes. But those very same snide remarks motivated Griffin to drop 100 pounds—and now he’s the one laughing. “I had become incredibly lazy. I think I even knew that much myself at the time,” Griffin says. ”But I simply didn't have the want or the drive to go and change it.”At his job as a member of An Garda Siochana—the Irish police—Griffin’s day-to-day involved shift work. That meant a lot of lying around between shifts, doing nothing but scrolling on his phone and eating. Sure, he loved sports, but as the pounds piled on, he found every excuse to stop playing and decided to watch them instead. “I used watching sports as … [Read more...] about This Police Officer Learned to Meal Prep and Lost More Than 100 Pounds
Logan Chapman knows what it’s like to fight tooth and nail for what you want. After all, he did drop more than 100 pounds on his quest to get healthy. But, as a guy who hates dieting and the gym, and has a severe case of dessert FOMO—translation: fear of missing out—Chapman may have one of the most relatable weight loss experiences of all time. "I feel like my life was probably very similar to a lot of other people who struggle with weight gain,” Chapman, a 30-year-old from Ontario, Canada, told Men's Health. “I was a huge fan of eating very unhealthy foods and not a big fan of exercise. I led a very sedentary lifestyle. I would stay up till all hours of the night playing video games and would often be drinking cans and cans of pop and eating huge meals at two in the morning.” There was no single “ah-ha” moment when he decided to lose weight, but one thing that does stick out in Chapman's mind is when he hopped on a scale one day and saw … [Read more...] about This Man Lost More Than 100 Pounds Without Going to the Gym. Here’s What He Did Instead.
I started gaining weight around 11 or 12 years old—then came the bullying, which made me bury my feelings in food even deeper.I started yo-yo dieting and hopping from one diet to another: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, you name it. One time, I even ate plain chicken breasts, plain peanut butter, and plain beets for two months straight. I lost weight relatively quickly with that "diet," but I gained it al back (and then some). It was not sustainable.In 2006, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My doctor placed me on a diet (basically a low-fat diet with more fruits and veggies) and prescribed me insulin. I managed to lose 60 pounds...only to gain it all back once again. I wasn't able to sustain that diet, either.Having my son in 2012 was my motivation to lose weight. For the first two or three years of his life, I was still burying my feelings in food—the stress of being a new mom, having a new job, and paying bills were reason enough for me to binge. But … [Read more...] about ‘I Lost Nearly 100 Pounds On The Keto Diet—And I Still Eat Chocolate Cake’
Name: Ashley RamirezAge: 22Occupation: College studentHometown: Slidell, LouisianaStart Weight: 230 poundsEnd Weight: 130 poundsTime Running: 1 year I weighed around 150 pounds when I started college. I was set to have ankle surgery in December of my freshman year, so I needed to wear a walking boot. I was unable to work out or do any kind of physical activity the whole semester. Plus, I was emotional-eating like crazy, since I was so nervous about the surgery that was still months away. I experienced the dreaded freshman 15—and then some.After that first surgery, I ended up undergoing two more orthopedic surgeries: the same surgery on my left ankle and a hip surgery. I was in and out of physical therapy, and it was nearly impossible for me to implement any fitness regimen. I finally reached 230 pounds. I completed the Disney College Program in Fall 2016, and I had the best time, but when I got home and shared my pictures with my friends and families, I couldn't believe the … [Read more...] about She Used Her Love of Disney to Start Running—and Lost 100 Pounds in the Process