I Dropped 90 Pounds by Slowly Cutting Down Portions and Working Out

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Yassine Exantus is a 31-year-old assistant controller from Florida. After finding himself winded climbing the stairs to his apartment, he decided he needed to slim down. Here, in his own words, he explains the simple approach that helped him lose more than 90 pounds.

I’ve been overweight pretty much my whole life. In high school, I’d come home from school, eat a meal, take a nap, and then eat another heavy meal for dinner. As a kid, I never really knew about nutrition, at least not the way I know it now. Carbs, proteins, different kinds of fats—that was all foreign to me. It just wasn’t something I knew.

That continued into adulthood. The moment that really changed me came when I was living with my now fiancé in a fourth-floor apartment. Our elevator went out. Going up and down those stairs absolutely killed me. We usually went shopping on Saturday mornings, and I remember getting to the top one day felt like death for me. I looked over and she was barely breathing hard. That’s when I knew—this is too much. At that point I was around 380 pounds.

I started by cutting out soft drinks. The sugar and extra calories weren’t worth it. I started doing cardio. Really, nothing but cardio. I started off with a trainer, but the first day he worked me so hard that I threw up in my car. Boy, that made me feel like a loser—like I couldn’t even get through one session. I turned that embarrassment into motivation to get fit—my way—so I could show him that I didn’t need to do it his way.

At first it was easy. I’d been eating so much with no exercise at all, so when I did start working out, the weight just seemed to slide right off. After a while, though, it got harder, and I really had to focus on my diet. I went from rice and beans twice a day to once a day, to a footlong Subway sandwich for lunch and dinner, then down to a six-inch. When I got stuck, I tried keto, which got me down to 230, but that’s no way to live. I love food way too much to keep that up; I gained some weight back after switching off of keto.

All told, in about 13 months I lost a little over 90 pounds. People noticed quickly, and that kept me going. I lost a lot of weight in my face, so it was noticeable at first. It felt great that strangers at the gym would come up to me and let me know how well I was doing. Getting more attention from everyone was awesome. Next I’m going to try to get back to 230 pounds without keto.

For anyone feeling intimidated or unsure how to get more fit, I say just start. You don’t have to go crazy at first; getting too intense, too quickly doesn’t work in the long run. If you slowly cut back and slowly add in workouts, your mind and body will thank you later. Take it one step at a time: you didn’t gain all of this weight at once, so you can’t expect to lose it all at once, either. It takes time, but it’s worth it.

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