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How I Recently Lost 15 lbs

     Because it is normally hard for me to lose weight, I thought I would share how I lost 15 lbs recently (since April).

     This is my backstory:

      In 2012, I gained 25 lbs and was at my highest weight at 160 lbs. Gradually, I lost 10 lbs through eating healthier and exercising. However, after awhile, I couldn't lose any more weight. That is why I went to see a nutritionist at the end of March.
     When I went to see a nutritionist in March, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know whether she could help me, but I wanted to lose 5-10 pounds to be healthier.
     During my appointment, I was skeptical of what the nutritionist recommended. I already ate dairy free (mostly) because I have digestion issues with it so I was fine with that recommendation. What I was skeptical of was her recommendation to eat gluten free. She recommended it to me because I have hypothyroidism so I thought I would try it.
     As I began to eat gluten free, it actually worked for me within a month. I lost 5 lbs pretty quickly and started feeling better. I have more energy now and feel less hungry. In the past, I had times where I would still feel hungry after eating large amounts of food. Luckily, I haven't had that problem recently. (This is something the nutritionist said can happen because of food intolerances.)

     Was it difficult to eat this way?

      At first, it was difficult. However, there are a lot of gluten and dairy free alternatives out there. And since I don't have celiac disease, I can still have something with wheat in it every once in awhile. I hardly do this though. And sometimes I will eat dairy with Lactaid pills, but I don't miss dairy as much as I thought I would. (I actually gradually cut it out a couple of years ago.)

     What else did I do?

      I eat vegetables with lunch and dinner and don't eat a lot of food with added sugar. I also take a multivitamin and fish oil.

     What about exercise?

       I didn't exercise very much during the first couple of months when I changed my diet because I was busy, but I still lost weight. I really like to workout though so I do cardio and strength training 3-5 times a week normally.

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