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I Lost 50 Pounds in 8 Months with These 4 Simple Changes

One weight loss warrior reveals the big mistakes she was making.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, it may seem overwhelming. However, one woman claims that she lost 50 pounds just by making a few simple changes to her lifestyle. Dils Lee (@dilshealth) topped the scales at 192 pounds, wearing a size 16, in July 2021. However, she made four lifestyle habit changes, which not only aided in weight loss but were a game-changer in her overall health, reducing her inflammation and balancing her hormones. Here are the changes she made and what the Body Network's Resident RDN, The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, co-author of the Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies, thinks about them.

She Stopped Drinking Coffee on an Empty Stomach

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One of the first changes that she made? "I stopped drinking coffee on an empty stomach and started making my breakfast look like this," she said. "Drinking coffee on an empty stomach can lead to bloating, nausea, and anxiety, and it can also raise your cortisol levels, which can negatively impact ovulation weight and hormonal imbalances."

She Switched From HIIT to Lower Intensity


The second change that she made "was stopping all high intensity training while I was losing weight," she said. "I found that I harbored a lot of inflammation in my face, arms, body, stomach, and legs everywhere." Instead, she opted for lower intensity training. "Basically, by switching to lower intensity workouts, I've found that my waist has drastically come in. My stomach is much more flat, and I'm actually building a lot of tone and muscle in my arms and legs," she says.

She Stopped Restricting Food


"The third thing I stopped doing was restricting food," she reveals. "While I was going to the gym, I would sit around 1,000 to 1,200 calories and I would severely restrict my eating. Now I'm up to 1,500 calories, still in a calorie deficit, and focusing on low carb and high protein macros that help nourish and support my body."

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She Focused On Her Sleep Health

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"The fourth change that I made is that I introduced a healthy sleep routine," she reveals. "My routine includes using supplements like magnesium and then not using my phone an hour before bed. Prioritizing sleep will help your body recover after physical activity. It'll also help with hormone regulation, metabolic regulation, stress and emotional wellbeing."

Body Network's Expert Weighs on Coffee and Exercise

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"Having breakfast is important to kick start the metabolism for the day and having caffeine along with food can help to reduce the potential negative effects and sharp spike in cortisol that you might get from drinking it alone. Some people do feel nauseous when drinking coffee on an empty stomach, but of course everyone is different with how they react," says Collingwood about drinking coffee on an empty stomach. As for a mix of high and low intensity exercise, it is "best for weight loss and stress release," says Collingwood. "Lower intensity is definitely easier on the body but you also will burn fewer calories than the high intensity exercise."

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Expert Weighs in on Diet and Sleep


Collingwood also agrees that eating too few calories can cause the body to conserve and reduce metabolism, "which is the opposite of what you are trying to do when trying to lose weight," she says. "Finding that healthy balance of a deficit of calories but not too strict is key." And she agrees that "sleep is absolutely essential to recovery of your muscles and tissues but also to help with controlling appetite and various hormones."

💪🔥Body Booster: Take a look at everything from your diet and fitness routine to your sleep habits: Could you be unknowingly sabotaging your health by not eating or sleeping enough or doing the wrong type of exercise?

Leah Groth
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