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Losing Weight: a Success Story of Counting Calories and Making Smarter Choices

Discover how one reddit user lost 46 pounds in 4 years through a simple yet effective weight loss approach.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'4" woman showing a fat loss from 201 pounds to 155 pounds. A net loss of 46 pounds.
F/21/5'4" - 201 to 155 = 46 lost. Started November 2013 to this date. Goal weight is around 130.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

A Journey of Consistency and Dedication

Oysterchild, a female reddit user, started her weight loss journey in November 2013, weighing 201 pounds with a goal to reach around 130 pounds. Fast forward to the present day, she has lost an impressive 46 pounds through discipline and consistency.

The Winning Formula: Counting Calories

The key to Oysterchild's weight loss success is calorie counting. She set an intake of 1200 calories a day and allowed herself to go over or under it occasionally. She still ate her favorite foods, but in smaller portions or opted for lighter versions. For instance, instead of semi-skimmed milk, she went for skimmed milk and light butter spread.

Walking: An Effective Form of Exercise

Oysterchild's work often entailed shift work, so conventional gym routines were not always feasible. However, she incorporated walking whenever she could, and it was effective in aiding her weight loss journey.

The Relationship between Comfort Eating and Weight Gain

Oysterchild cites a toxic relationship as the root cause of her weight gain, and losing the weight has been a way of shedding the past. This story resonates with one of her commenters, who also attributes her weight gain to relationship stress and unhealthy eating. Thus, the healing from the mental anguish of a bad relationship can go hand in hand with shedding the excess weight.

Takeaway Message: A Simple Approach Can Yield Great Results

Oysterchild's method might seem too simple, but it has yielded results that have not only transformed her physical appearance but also given her a renewed sense of self-confidence. Her approach to weight loss shows that making simple changes to the diet, like calorie counting and smarter food choices, coupled with consistent exercise, can yield great results. Weight loss is not just about the physical appearance; it has a therapeutic effect on the mental health too. So, whether you're looking to shed a few pounds or a considerable amount of weight, trying out Oysterchild's approach could be the first step to transformation.

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