Throughout my adult life, as far as I can remember, the issue of weight loss has always been acute and painful for me. I’ve always felt like I’m not like everyone else. Starting in Kindergarten…
At the matinee, all the girls are snowflakes, and I am a bear. Even then it was a shame to realize that I would never play the role of a snow maiden or a princess.
How many restrictions are imposed by excess weight! At school, not everyone is friends with you, they tease you. You know for sure that the boy you like will never like you. You can’t play outdoor games like everyone else. You are embarrassed to go to the beach with your friends, you can’t dress the way you would like — it’s just that your sizes don’t even exist. And this list can go on and on.
In the end, there comes a moment when you realize that you need to lose weight at all costs. Because this is not life.
And when I realized this, at the age of 14, my numerous attempts to lose weight began …
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When you really decide to take on yourself, change your weight, body and life, the first thing you face is the choice of a method, a way to lose weight. And then I faced it. The first thing that comes to mind is diet. Then even such diets were copied by hand, passed “from hand to hand.” By the way, charging was also transferred then. This is what I did too. So, with each new diet, I realized that this was not my method. When you are on a diet, it seems that everyone around you is talking only about food. And all they do is eat. And with each new diet, irritation and hunger grow more and more. And when you realize that the kilograms shed with such difficulty return in a couple of weeks and bring new kilograms with them, it becomes completely bad.
Hypnosis and coding
The next thing I hoped for was coding. It was such a massive hypnosis session. And then there was the recommendation to count calories. It was necessary to eat every day 1200 kcal, no more, no less. Well, there are some other limitations. Yes, I lost 10 kg. But it was very uncomfortable for me. After that incident, I told myself that I would never count calories again. I think many have tried this method. Because very often women who come to me for a consultation ask the question: “Are we sure we won’t count calories?”.
While I believed that after eating a pie I would be very, very sick (as they promised), I somehow held on. But when I ate it all the same, imagine how much I wanted it, I realized that I was not bad, but very good.
And away we go. The weight came back very quickly. I became even bigger, even looser.
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When I decided to take on myself again, I knew that it must be some very serious method. I ended up in a clinic where I was promised a guaranteed result. These were oxygen injections, which were supposed to somehow reduce fat cells. Every centimeter of my problem areas was chipped: stomach, hips, legs, buttocks, arms. 40 injections in the stomach from rabies, which scared us in childhood, is nonsense, believe me! At the first procedure, literally after the first injections, I had a severe spasm of the whole body, it was very painful, I could not breathe. The doctor was at a loss, did not know what to do, and I already, I remember, the thought flashed through me that this was all, that I would no longer breathe. But then the magic phrase of the doctor sounded “that’s it, we won’t inject anymore today”, thank you very much for this, and I was released. But then we were very scared with him. Since the money was paid in advance and the result was still promised to me, I tuned in, pulled myself together and steadfastly withstood all 10 procedures.
Guess what the result was? There was no result. To my question: “And, in fact, where?” — they answered me: “Probably you didn’t eat right,” and then they offered to conduct 5 more free procedures. I refused.
There was another attempt to lose weight, from which I almost died. They were pills. Well, who among us was not looking for a miracle cure, so as not to make any effort and get the result? What could be easier than taking a pill? Oh yes, it was a miracle! I started losing weight right before my eyes. I didn’t want to eat at all, that is, I didn’t eat anything at all. I remember my mother persuaded me to eat at least something, because, apparently, it was scary to look at me.
Knowing now about the importance of nutrition for health and the functioning of the body in general, I think with horror how I simply killed myself with my own hands.
These pills apparently caused an adrenaline rush, because I did things that I don’t even want to remember. Constantly heart in a frantic rhythm. That is, around the clock I heard my beating heart, even trying to sleep. My hair began to fall, my nails peeled and crumbled. Increasingly, convulsions disturbed at night. The fainting spells began. But I lost weight, which means I continued to drink pills. It had to end somehow in the end. The attack happened in the country, we were with friends. At first it became difficult to breathe, then I felt a quickening heartbeat. Everything grew very fast. A friend later said that the numbers on the tonometer were such that she could not call them out loud. I could no longer move at that moment. I remember that valocordin (that’s all that was at hand) was poured into me with a spoon through clenched teeth. Mentally, I already understood that this is all. The only thing that saved me was that my mother always had pressure injections with her just in case. The husband went after them, this is through two streets. I think that if my mother was 5 streets away, then the injection would no longer be needed. After that, I stopped taking the pills.
What about weight? I began to eat as before, and just as quickly the weight went away, just as quickly it returned, and not only returned, but also multiplied. Since then, I have vowed to resort to miracle pills.
During consultations, people often ask me how I feel about modern “miracle remedies” that are now full of advertisements on the Internet, such as goji berries, green coffee, weight loss patches, detox programs, etc. I have nothing to do with this! I always say: think with your head!
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Did sport help?
After these two cases, I lost interest in losing weight for a very long time. And when I finally decided again, I knew for sure that it should be something proven and safe for health. I decided that it would be a sport! I bought a card to a sports club and took a personal trainer. I weighed over 100 kg then. Can you imagine this load on the joints and heart? My coach’s advice on nutrition was (I say right away, this is wrong!): Do not eat for 1.5 hours before training, do not eat for 2 hours after training, and seize all food during the day with grapefruit. So I earned myself chronic gastritis and pain in my legs. When large women come to me now and ask about sports, I always advise you to first lose some weight by normalizing nutrition, and then return to the issue of sports. So, the result of my struggle with weight: 106 kg with a height of 162 cm, my hair falls out, my nails exfoliate and break, chronic gastritis, constant migraine, back pain, joint pain, shortness of breath even with slow walking, fainting.
All doctors say the same thing: you need to lose weight. But no one tells you how to do it. I am constantly depressed, literally everything annoys me. I hate my reflection in the mirror. My child is shy, my husband does not love me
And at the same time — a clear understanding that nothing will help me, that everything has already been tried … Unless some kind of miracle …
When a friend suggested that I meet with a nutrition coach, I no longer believed in anything. But she convinced me to go to the meeting. And with the words “it won’t get worse” I agreed. It was probably one of the most important and correct decisions in my life. Because this meeting changed everything. It is impossible to describe in words how grateful I am to this day to my coach. Following her recommendations, in a week I weighed 3 kg less.
Within the first month I felt more energy. Every week the weight went away and health returned. A good mood and a desire to live a full life returned. In three months I lost 16 kg, I went very well in volumes.
At the same time, I ate much more than before. It turns out that you can eat and lose weight. The main thing is to know what to eat, how much, with what and when. I would never have thought that you can change so much only through nutrition. And the weight did not return, he continued to leave, and (which I was afraid of) nothing sagged, everything was miraculously tightened. Everything has changed. Mood, self-esteem, attitudes of others, quality of life. My head stopped hurting, my legs don’t hurt, I forgot what gastritis is. I don’t remember the last time I went to the doctor. I’m getting younger! I can skate! I can dress differently! How nice it was to go to the plus size store, where I usually bought clothes, and they told me: girl, we only have plus sizes, there is nothing here for you. I remember a case … a girl of four years old with her father by the hand comes towards me, looks at me and says: “So what, my mother is also beautiful.” And I understand that this child appreciated me! And how nice it is to receive compliments from men! I finally believed that this is forever! I felt so good that I wanted to share it!
There was a desire to tell about what I know, to help other women change. I became a nutrition coach myself.
Once upon a time, at the age of 16, I promised myself that if I found an effective, safe way to comfortably lose weight, I would definitely share it with others. I kept my promise. I help women change. Good results are sure to be with everyone with whom I work, who follow my recommendations. And I am even more happy with these results than I was once happy with my own. Recently, I hear more and more often: “Masha, you are just a sorceress!” How I love being a witch! Think about whether it is worth repeating other people’s mistakes, stuffing, as they say, your bumps. Maybe you shouldn’t play with your health? Now I know for sure that everything is much easier than it seems! Approach everything carefully and consciously! And remember that everything is in your hands! And if you need help, I’m always happy to help!
The author is Maria Nikishina. Dietitian, practicing nutrition consultant, weight loss expert.
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