Weight Loss Success
This article is a recognition and celebration of Kelli's accomplishment over the last few years. In 2020 Kelli conscripted Nathan as her coach and weight loss buddy, a year later she had lost 60+ lbs, since then, up until today, she has successfully maintained her new weight. We have written multiple articles documenting her journey (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) but recently realized we had never written about this journey’s successful conclusion.
Here is a graph of her weight loss (actual weight has been removed) from over 180 lbs down to around 120 lbs today. Her doctor has been amazed at the changes he has seen. Her cholesterol levels have improved. Her blood sugars have dropped—she is no longer pre-diabetic! Her waist to hip ratio has dropped from 0.98 to 0.80. Her BMI has dropped from 30 to 20. If you believe projected life span numbers, she has added 5 years to her life expectancy. All in all, the changes she has made have been pretty amazing.
We frequently get questions on how she managed to accomplish this weight loss. The answer is complicated. The summary is that we did it sustainably (slow and steady, an average of 1 lb per week), calorie based (less food not different food, no increases in exercise), emotionally (learning to recognize how much emotions affect hunger), lifestyle based (focus on long term habits, not short term restrictions), and scientifically (making small changes and measuring results).
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We want to make it clear, weight loss isn't for everyone. In fact many of the tools of the diet industry (fad diets, comparing yourself to others, shaming yourself, etc) can be actively bad for you and can lead to a less healthy lifestyle instead of a more healthy one. For Kelli, this journey has been exactly what the doctor has ordered - increased health and increased confidence in her ability to achieve her goals.
Now that she has achieved her weight goals we have started to put more effort into other goals, such as exercising more.
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