Name: Meggy Castro
Family Status: Married
Occupation: Special Needs Teacher Assistant
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Starting Weight: 301 pounds
Current Weight: 151 pounds
Current Waist Size: 36″
How much did you lose?
I lost about 150 pounds and went from a 44 inch waist down to about 34-36 inches. I also went from a size 24 in pants down to a size 8/10. My body fat percentage was in the high thirties and it’s now in the low twenties!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
After my mother had triple bypass surgery. I was seven years old and began to chronically binge eat as a way of coping with anxiety which stemmed from the trauma. I consistently gained weight and peaked at my highest weight of 301 pounds at the age of 18 in my senior year of high school.
What made you decide to lose weight?
In 2011, I had lost about twenty pounds from walking to work which was the distance of three miles round trip. A close friend asked if I would like to go with her on her runs, but walk instead, and let me go hiking with her quite frequently. She also taught me about eating clean meals and I eventually began to lose a lot more weight. I then got really interested in health and fitness and began to train at higher intensities and really cleaned up my eating habits.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I began to exercise daily and learn more about effective weight loss strategies that were healthy and progressive. I also began to eat clean which means that I focused on fruits, vegetables, and lean meats that would give me proper nutrients like healthy fats, lean protein, natural fructose, and complex carbohydrates.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
The hardest thing to deal with was my anxiety because that was the reason that I would binge eat. Binge eating was such a coping mechanism but after I began to use fitness and clean eating as a healthy alternative of coping, my anxiety lessened and coping with it became much easier.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
Overall, it took me about two years to lose 146 pounds but I truly began to shape my goals according to healthier ideas. I started to focus more on body composition (muscle vs fat) and not just weigh myself. After losing the weight and hitting 150 pounds in 2012, I began to incorporate resistance training into my workout routine which had been focused mainly on cardiovascular exercise. I began to burn more fat and build more muscle which makes me feel strong and healthy.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
Overall, it has taken four years to reach my current weight and body composition. However, I have maintained the same weight, or close to it for about two years since the initial weight loss.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have maintained my weight loss for about 2.5 years. The best way to keep off the weight (body fat) is by eating your recommended caloric intake and getting in the correct number of macronutrients along with staying active, yet having fun in the process. When you learn to enjoy eating healthy and keeping your body busy, weight loss becomes a lot more fun and a daily part of your life.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
My motivation comes from those who are also on a fitness journey. I will be a certified NASM personal trainer by the end of June, so I can share the same happiness that I have attained through changing my health. Each day I go out there and challenge myself so that I can motivate others to do the same, and in return, I stay constantly encouraged to keep going.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
After losing weight, I learned a lot about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, which basically means inner motivations versus external motivations. After having a major weight loss transformation, a fire burns inside you to accomplish other goals and to keep trying every time you fail. That progress is also seen by others, and with encouragement and positive words, I have stayed motivated to keep pushing forward to reach my goals.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
My advice to others is to always love yourself at any weight and remember that putting in the work is worth the results. I also would like to say that it is not going to be easy, but it’s worth it. Each weight loss journey is incredibly different and depends on one’s goals and effort. If you stay consistent, you will see results even if it takes time. Progress is progress, so just keep going!
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