Freedom Friday- What Is the Best Way to Lose Weight


Have you ever tried to determine the best way to lose weight?  It seems like there is an endless supply of information about there about this topic—yet, we are continually searching for solutions in this matter.  Why is it that there is so much information, but we can never seem to find the information that brings results?  Is it because there is no real answer—or no right answer?  Or is it something else?  Is it, perhaps, because each and every person has unique circumstances and needs an individualized healthy lifestyle plan?

With my experiences lately, I am beginning to believe that is the case.  It seemed so easy to lose weight the last time I did it, so I was getting a little frustrated.  But now that I have had time to figure out what does and doesn’t work for me it is getting a little more tolerable.  I do have to say though, that I have learned a lot about how my system works.  All I have to say is, the body is a weird thing.

What Are the Best Weight Loss Habits?

I want to share some of the things that I have learned over the past few months.  Maybe my experiences will help you figure out what works best for you.  My goals involve not only losing weight but living a healthier lifestyle overall.  I have lost 50 pounds so far and have developed some healthy habits.  I feel a lot better—not only physically but mentally.  You can read more about my weight loss adventure in my series Freedom Friday

I would have liked to lose the weight a lot quicker, so that has been a little frustrating, but I just have to keep reminding myself that I didn’t gain the weight overnight so I am not going to lose it fast either.  I also want to lose weight evenly so I don’t end up with flabby granny arms or a turkey neck.  So, I try to do a variety of exercises that eliminate fat and flab from all parts of the body.  I found a ten-minute beginner workout video that works all regions that I really like.

two people hiking up a mountain

The main way I lost weight the last time was by doing a lot of walking.  Walking helps weight to drop off fairly quickly in the legs and butt.  I am doing quite a bit of walking this time but I am also doing other things too like yard work and shoveling snow.  You would be amazed at how many normal everyday activities actually provide a workout.  If you think about it, that only makes sense because in the olden days people were farmers and shepherds and had to do a lot of physical work.  No doubt they were fit and healthy. 

What If I Can't Get Up And Walk?

Of course, there are a lot of people out there that are not able to do any sort of sustained physical activity—especially something that is strenuous.  In fact, some people are not even able to stand up.  So—what about these people?  Is the situation hopeless for them?  By no means.  There are many exercises and activities that those who are physically limited can do.  YouTube has some really good workouts for people in this situation.

Losing the weight that I have so far has had a really good effect on my health.  My heart rate and blood pressure have come down.  My back and legs are stronger, and I don’t have as much pain as I used to.  I am able to do much more exertional activity than I could six months ago.  Another issue I was having before I started losing the weight was I had sleep apnea.  I had not been officially diagnosed but being a Respiratory Therapist I know that when you wake up from a nightmare where someone is strangling you and you are gasping for air you know what is happening.


Many people believe that they have to cut way back on the caloric intake in their diet.  I tried this a couple of times over the past few months, but it didn’t work out so well for me.  It was very frustrating and irritating that every time I cut my calories I either stayed the same weight or actually gained a couple of pounds.  I finally realized that at this point I need to eat around 1500 calories a day.  When I keep that level of calories and get sufficient exercise, I lose weight. 

I don’t do fads, and I don’t use a lot of diet aids, but some people swear by them.  The one thing I do feel is important is to have a health coach.  If I did not have a trained specialist helping me navigate through this part of my adventure, I know I would have given up again—because this is not the first time in the past few years I have started trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle.  That is the big takeaway I want readers to take from this—have someone who is trained and has ample knowledge, techniques, and tools to help you maneuver through this process.

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