Why did you want to lose weight?
The reason for my weight loss was a family photo I saw on Christmas Eve. I was shocked at how fat I'd become. On that evening, I decided to change my life and to never let myself go again, like I had over the last 15 years.
"I never thought that I could accomplish so much in a year with the help of an app, exercise and perserverence, but I did."
I gave away all of the sweets I had and started making changes to my diet. My parents, who both successfully lost weight with YAZIO, recommended that I give the app a try.
What goals did you want to reach?
I wanted to lose a total of 110 lb so that I could get back to my ideal body weight and lower my blood pressure. In addition, I wanted to get fitter and feel more comfortable in my own skin.
How did you reach your goals?
The first thing I did was change my diet and start counting calories with YAZIO. Next, I started exercising and joined a gym. I started doing strength training and cardio with the help of a colleague who has been working out for quite some time. I also made it a habit to walk at least 10,000 steps per day.
I didn't follow any particular diet, I only cut out sweets and fast food and tried to eat as healthily as possible.
I used to pick up takeout during work. Today, I prepare all of my meals at home and take the correct portions with me to work. I also make sure to take my breaks and eat so that I don't get hungry throughout the day. Before, I would go the whole day without eating or only eating a little and then would stuff myself full when I got home. When I'm full, I stop eating, even if there's still something on my plate. My family also supports me with my weight loss. For example, when we grill, they always have chicken and salad for me and, for my birthday, instead of getting sweets for presents, they give me useful foods like konjac noodles.
How did YAZIO help you?
YAZIO helped me to keep an overview of my diet. With it, I always know how many calories I can still eat and which combination (carbs, protein, fat). Since it's hard to estimate how many calories a particular dish has or how many calories you've eaten over the entire day, you usually end up eating more than you should and that leads to weight gain.
Since I've been tracking my eating habits with YAZIO, I can control my calorie intake really well. Even before I eat, I use YAZIO to plan my serving sizes so that I always eat the optimal amount of calories. Since I have the PRO version, I not only look at calories, but also the additional nutritional values of the foods I'm eating. Foods that have too many negative characterstics simply stay out of my cart.
Did you have setbacks?
There were weeks when I didn't see any changes in weight and I was disappointed that, despite exercising and watching what I eat, my calorie intake wasn't making a difference.
That's when I got the tip to ingegrate a cheat day into my meal plan because it was likely that my metabolism was getting too used to the consistent amount of calories I was eating. Now, I sometimes eat more than YAZIO says and, nevertheless, my weight continues to decrease. However, I don't use the cheat day to eat sweets or fast food. Those remain taboo.
What tips do you have for other users?
Don't give up, even if you don't see progress for a couple of weeks, and don't let the scale drive you crazy.
What are your future goals?
Now that my body is used to eating less, I have to get used to eating normal portions without gaining or losing weight. That's just as difficult as losing weight. The best part is, however, that I found the love of my life and am now engaged. That was unimaginable for me a year ago. Now, I live my life to the fullest. I never thought that I could accomplish so much in a year with the help of an app, exercise and perserverence, but I did.
Why do you want to tell your story?
When I posted my success story in the YAZIO Facebook Group, I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive comments I received. I realized that I could serve as an example for others to keep going and never give up.