| Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages, and increasing calories burned through physical activity.While that seems simple, it can be challenging to implement a practical, effective and sustainable weight-loss plan. But you don't have to do it alone. |
Talk to your doctor, family and friends for support. Ask yourself if now is a good time and if you're ready to make some necessary changes. Also, plan smart: Anticipate how you'll handle situations that challenge your resolve and the inevitable minor setbacks. If you have serious health problems because of your weight, your doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications for you. In this case, your doctor will discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks with you.But don't forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making changes in your diet and exercise habits. Growing up, Kathleen Golding had always been overweight. By 21, she had turned to food as a "coping mechanism" while wrestling with anxiety and depression."I was stuck in a constant cycle of daily binging," the New Bern, North Carolina resident, whose highest weight was 331 lbs., tells PEOPLE.
"I was eating fast food for every meal and enormous quantities each time." She finally decided to make a change and turned to gastric bypass surgery, which she underwent in June 2016.“For some reason, weight loss surgery is seen as 'cheating' or being weak, but for me, I found strength in being able to say 'I can’t do this on my own. I want to be healthy, but I need help,'" says Golding, now 26. After the surgery, the weight began to "melt off," says Golding, who eventually dropped 178 lbs.
by making healthy dietary changes and exercising. Now, Golding says she is finally at peace with her body. "I have some loose skin and it definitely has its imperfections, but I worked hard for this body," says Golding, who also documented her weight loss journey on Instagram. "I spent so much time hating it but I’ve realized that this is the only body I’ve got and I’m going to take care of it."