'I Lost 96 Lbs. When I Figured Out My Daily Net Carbs And Did A 16:8 Fasting Diet'
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From women's health
My name is Glori Boyd (@losing_glori) and I am 37 years old. I have lived in northwest Georgia my entire life and currently serve as the assistant tax commissioner. I fast 16: 8 at times, eat in my net carbs, and walk 10,000 steps a day. I have now lost 96 pounds.
I always struggled with my weight, even when I was in elementary school. I remember having to wear sweatpants with elastic waists because my mom couldn't find jeans or cute little girl pants that would suit me.
I continued to have problems with my weight through my teenage and teenage years and beyond. I made fun of and gave my friends the weight off before they had a chance to make fun of me. And even in my adult life, my weight has gone up and down. Whenever I lost weight, it kept going up and even higher than before. At the age of 27, I was the heaviest I had ever been at 324 pounds.
The thing was, despite my weight problems, I didn't have any problems with my health. That was the case until I was around 28 years old. At the time I was married and had a son who was almost 4 years old. My husband and I decided we wanted to try another child. However, I discovered that I was studying polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which can lead to weight gain and also lead to fertility problems.
My husband and I tried to have another child with no luck for a year and a half.
My doctors told me that if I could lose weight it would increase my chances of conception.
At that time I did not listen to the doctor's instructions. But through lots of prayers, tears and patience, I finally had twins in 2012. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my pregnancy.
Fortunately, I listened to my doctor's instructions at the time and was able to overcome them with dietary changes according to their instructions. I lost 50 pounds when I was pregnant with the twins and they were born healthy. However, when I tried to return to my normal lifestyle with two newborns and a five year old, I took all my weight back, plus some.
My last straw with my weight was in September 2019 when my husband and I went on a missionary trip to Kenya.
My husband was supposed to be preaching a weekend resuscitation, and I was supposed to be hosting a women's conference. The three air journeys, countless hours of stopovers and the four-hour drive to the mission field were unbearable. At that point I weighed 294 pounds. My body just couldn't walk anymore. My feet and legs were swollen and numb, and I was out of breath. When we got back, my legs felt numb up to my knees for days. I knew I had to change something.
I lost my first 11 pounds while in Kenya due to the difference in what I ate there and all the physical activity we did. This got my motivation going and I just continued this journey.
When I came home from Kenya, weight loss was very important to me. I started a low-carbohydrate diet with lots of green, fresh vegetables and lots of protein, and I drank a lot of water. I set up an Instagram account for accountability and saw many new eating methods and improvements like intermittent fasting (IF).
I started adding IF to my life in July 2020 and the customs were falling off.
The 16: 8 fasting plan works best for me. I fast for 16 hours (7 to 11 a.m.), only drink water and occasionally black coffee during my fasting period. I eat during an eight hour window (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) trying to maintain a goal of 1,500 calories.
I have also calculated a healthy amount of net carbohydrates for my lifestyle and goals and I do my best not to exceed 70 to 80 net carbs per day. I still indulge in pizza, cake, fries, pasta, bread, and fries on occasion. I'm not depriving myself of the foods I love - I'm just more conscious of my choices and portion control.
I eat the following in one day:
Breakfast: I like a low-carbohydrate pack with egg whites, real pieces of bacon, and grated cheese.
Lunch: I love a good batch of chicken salad for lunch alongside a small garden salad with light ranch dressing.
Snacks: When trying to stay away from carbohydrates during snack time, I tend to have mini peppers with cream cheese sprinkled with Everything But The Bagel seasoning. I also like turkey pepper with cream cheese or mozzarella.
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Today's snacks are mini peppers with cream cheese and a peanut butter roll on high-fiber packaging. #food for health #weight loss journey #loss_Glori #health #health life #health choices #food photography #lots of me #year #food #onePoundatatime #montatatime #self cough #self care #health loss # business # business #weightlossperfection #progressnot
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Dinner: Lean protein, vegetables, and a carbohydrate. Something like spiced baked chicken breast over a bed of brown rice and a side of broccoli, green beans, asparagus or zucchini. I love to come up with different variations for dinner.
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I finished the last part of my Mexican keto chicken for lunch. Also got my squash & zucchini ready. I chopped the vegetables pretty thin and tossed them in the air fryer. So good! #food for health #weight loss journey #Loss_Glori #health #health life #health choices #food photography #lots of mine #year #food #onePoundatatime #montatatime # self-cough # self-care #healthiness # business # business # weightlossperfection #progressnature
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Dessert: I enjoy Halo Top Ice Cream. I also love sugar-free Cool Whip with sugar-free chocolate chips. Fiber One bars never fail when I have a sweet tooth.
I haven't started regular exercise yet, but I try to take 10,000 steps a day. When I move more, I definitely see huge differences in my results and how I feel.
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Do i have to say more? Natural weight loss is possible! ? Spoiler alert? Hard work pays off. I keep track of all the foods I eat. I eat high protein, low carb, and low calorie foods / meals. I drink a gallon of water at least 5 days a week. I have also started intermittent fasting in the past few months. I use this Instagram account as my personal food diary. 95% of the time, I post every bite of food that goes in my mouth to hold myself accountable. I also post my weekly weighing results here. I didn't do this alone. A few months ago I started to learn what God says about my body and my health. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." I want not only my life to glorify God, but also my health to glorify him . He is my strength and my strong tower. He gives me what I need to continue on every journey he takes me on. I can't do this alone, but thank God he's my current help in times of need. #victoryismine #transformation #weightlossjourney #losing_glori #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafter #naturalweightloss #fattofitjourney #fattofit #positivevibes #missionposible #fitnessmotivation #obesetobeast #extremeweightloss #starke #weightime # #onepoundatize
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These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.
I started drinking a lot of water. WATER! WATER! WATER! Trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and lose weight is the key to my success. The more water I drink, the less fluid builds up in my body. For me, water keeps everything flowing and moves regularly.
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This food was sooooo good Cauliflower & quinoa with blackened chicken power bowl from @bjsrestaurants in #daytonabeach #food for health #weight loss trip #Verlustung_Glori #health #health life #health decisions #food photography #not from me #weight loss seekers #year #foodless #communityweightips #countingcalories #lowcarb #healthycooking #healthyfoodie #weightlosssupport #weightlosseats
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I made sure I ate * enough *. I cannot stress this enough! For me personally, I stick to a goal of 1,500 calories every day. If you don't eat enough every day, your body goes into starvation mode and holds onto whatever energy (food) you put into it, I've learned. Even when I fast intermittently, I make sure that I use * all * of my daily calories during my meal window. When I'm not fasting intermittently, I eat about five times throughout the day, including snacks and meals.
I started moving my body. It's so important to keep moving. I strive every day to achieve my step goals. The more I move, the more successful I am on this journey. Even if my kitchen, living room or dining room is about circles, I just keep moving!
I have also looked to my faith to help me on this journey since my journey began while doing missionary work. I began researching the scriptures to help me, and my favorite is Corinthians 10:31, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God."
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There is even more perspective purpose #christianweightloss #godsfavor #onepoundatatime #onedayatatime #progressnotperfection #curvygirl #plussize
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I lost 96 pounds and counted.
I have energy that I didn't have before. I play with my children and go for a walk with my husband. I used to worry about whether I would fit on amusement park rides and I no longer have that fear. There is so much freedom to live a healthy lifestyle and get your weight under control.
At first, the thought of how much weight to lose may seem daunting, but just take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and one pound at a time. Set yourself small goals. You will look back on your journey and be amazed at what you have achieved. I speak from experience: I am so proud of my journey, both the fights and the triumphs.
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