Transformation of the Day: Malea lost 50 pounds and has worked to keep it off for more than a year. She found that a Keto/Low-Carb lifestyle paired with intermittent fasting and exercise works best for her. She talked to us about her journey and shared some great insights.
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What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up? Knowing how being overweight made me FEEL is not something I want to experience again. Being 45 pounds heavier didn’t bring me anything but sadness and insecurities. Those two things don’t make for a productive or exciting life… The life I’m trying to have.
How did you change your eating habits? I follow a Keto/Low-Carb lifestyle, which means NO sugar, NO bread, NO pasta, NO starches, NO beans, NO fruit (unless it’s berries in moderation). In addition, I practice intermittent fasting and eat HEALTHY fats (avocados, nuts, pork rinds, oils, etc.) I also eat only between the hours of 12 pm and 8 pm (on most days, lol).
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out? My consistent workouts have decreased a bit, but I love dance fitness. I teach Zumba, and it doesn’t even feel like I’m working out. I also like strength training (although I need to do it more, lol)
What was your starting weight? I weighed 193 pounds
What is your current weight? I weigh 151 pounds.
What is your height? 5’2″
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take? I started in June 2020, and I lost 50 pounds within seven months. I’ve maintained that weight loss (give or take 10lbs).
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey? No
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far? I learned that it is a journey. Some days you’ll feel heavier. Some days you may look heavier, and some days the scale will tell you that you ARE heavier. But it’s important to understand you’re not a bad person because of your weight, but it is only YOUR responsibility to make sure you’re at a healthy weight.
Pick up the next meal after you go off course, and commit to a solid week afterward. Also, when you’ve reached your goal, make sure you don’t take old habits into your new life. For example, if you’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 6, stop reaching for that size 14 and pick up that size 6! Dress to show off your hard work!
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight? More important than having a “WHY?” is having a “HOW?” Knowing why you want to lose weight is cool, but what’s your HOW?
- How will you fight cravings?
- How will you manage planning your meals?
- How will you stick with your goal during the holidays or at restaurants?
Once you can properly plan, you will succeed.