Family Status: Single
Occupation: Artist & Student
Hometown: Southampton , New York
Starting Weight: 350 pounds
Current Weight: 200 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 150 pounds and kept it off for 10 years (size 54 to size 24)!
William’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
During and after high school.
What made you decide to lose weight?
Starting college and realizing I just couldn’t do the things others were doing because of my weight (sports, dating).
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Cutting out CORN SYRUP and refined carbohydrates. If “God” (nature) didn’t make it, I really don’t eat it.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Overcoming the physical addiction to sugar and refined carbohydrates.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I was so overweight, it took about 3 or 4 months before I and others could see results.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
About 18 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
10 years. I take ONE hour, ONE day a week and have whatever I want. No more than that. If I know I can make it through the week and I have my “hour” coming, it’s a lot easier to avoid temptation to binge.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I can wear the clothes I want to wear. I can be physically active and participate in sports. I can travel and I feel attractive enough to date the type of person I’m attracted to.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
Having a website like ShapeFit.com where I can see others are achieving and maintaining their goal weights is a huge inspiration to stay motivated, eat right, and keep active. ShapeFit is a GREAT motivator for keeping the weight off and keeping fit! I recently moved back to New York from California, and being “stuck” indoors for the winter could have been a real downer for me, but having ShapeFit.com to check in with helps me remember where I’ve been, where I never want to be again, and where I’m going. Thanks!
William’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Avoid corn syrup, refined sugars and carbohydrates.
Weight loss tip #2:
If “God” (nature) didn’t make it, don’t eat it.
Weight loss tip #3:
GET moving. If you can only do 5 situps or walk one block at first, DO it. Build up from there, adding on every few days.
Weight loss tip #4:
If you’re going to binge, make it for NO more than ONE hour ONE day a week, and only if you’ve achieved your weight loss and exercise goals for the week. Make it a reward to yourself.
Weight loss tip #5:
As you begin to lose weight, shop for clothing often. Occasionally buy something a size too small so you’re motivated to fit into it.
William’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Hard cheese (look for something with no carbohydrates), scrambled egg, 3 slices of “good” bacon or ham (no carbohydrate) and a serving of fruit. Coffee or tea with sucralose sweetener and low-fat half and half creamer. TALL glass of water!
Broiled skinless chicken breast or hamburger without the bun (you can even get this at McDonald’s if you need to eat out)! Serving of vegetable (sliced tomato, lettuce leaves) with no or VERY low carbohydrate dressing or tablespoon of mayo (READ labels – DON’T eat products that use CORN SYRUP)!
Broiled, unbreaded pork chop, broiled chicken, broiled beef. Serving of vegetable, hard cheese (no or low carbohydrate), coffee or tea and LOTS of water!
Snacks or Mini Meals:
No or low carb snacks. Don’t worry so much about fat and calories because these need to sustain you between meals and keep you from going on a binge later. Pork rinds, a few slices of hard cheese, 10-12 slices of pepperoni, a few slices of no-carb lunch meat (turkey breast, “good” ham, turkey bologna).
William’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I started with 3 pound weights and worked my way up from there, adding on every few days or even every few weeks while always working within my limits, but always challenging myself to go JUST a bit further then I thought I could.
Walk! Start by going to the end of your block and back if you have to, but GET walking. Walk to the post office, to buy the newspaper. Make EXCUSES to get out for a walk and leave the car behind. Walking out to get a cup of coffee or a diet soda somewhere is also a good way of creating a destination for yourself and having a small “reward” when you get there.