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40lbs in 20 Weeks - No Exercise

DupreeTheTRexDupreeTheTRex Member Posts: 65 Member Member Posts: 65 Member
Twenty weeks ago I decided I would start to track my calories and attempt to eat at a deficit of 1lbs per week. In the past, I had gone to extremes to lose weight spending hours in the gym every day, and eating very little food. The last time I attempted to lose weight I had dropped 50 lbs in 8 weeks (very unhealthy).

I ignored everyone’s advice to take things slowly and only ended up putting on 120lbs after that journey. For me, dedicating hours of my day to exercising put me in a mental state where I eventually stopped caring. I stopped going to the gym and stopped watching what I was eating and I ended up being punished pretty bad for it.

Two years ago I stopped drinking alcohol for mental health reasons. I saw a little bit of weight loss but not quite what I was expecting. I was still drinking 3-4 energy drinks a day back then and that was also a big problem.

I managed to find a substitute for my energy drinks that only come in at about 15 calories per serving and soon after that I began to count my calories.

Admittedly I had intended to incorporate exercise at some point in my journey but have t got around to doing that yet. But so far I’m happy with the results. I should also mention to anyone who might check my dairy that I haven’t been inputting my dinner lately because I’ve been working overtime. We use a meal kit service and the calories are listed on the bag of ingredients. I usually measure everything out still and put it into a recipe but the printed calories are pretty accurate so I’ve just been leaving enough calories left over to be +\- 50 calories for the day.

My advice? Take things slow, do what works for you. If you go too hard you might end up like me. As a note, my before pictures are with the white phone and after pictures are with black. I haven’t shaved or cut my hair since I started.
edited January 17


  • Sailor555Sailor555 Member, Premium Posts: 29 Member Member, Premium Posts: 29 Member
    Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on your success. I'm doing a version of what you did, though in my case I'm exercising a little most days but not too much. (I have a dog who needs walking, so that's 2x/day.) I want to stay active and try to lose about what you did -- 40 lbs or so -- and then see how I feel when it's frankly easier to move my body and I'm motivated by some initial success. Everyone has to walk their own path and see what's right for them. Glad you found what works for you. That's a great accomplishment, you should feel good about it!
  • Bluetail6Bluetail6 Member, Premium Posts: 1,909 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,909 Member
  • craignevcraignev Member Posts: 1,247 Member Member Posts: 1,247 Member
    Nice work..well done!
  • angiesmami1angiesmami1 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    This is awesome! Great job!
  • backinthesaddleagain57backinthesaddleagain57 Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
    Good for you!!
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