100+ Pounds, Male, Natural Weight Loss

How I Lost 100 Pounds – My 25 Year Weight Loss Journey (Interview)

Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?

When I was in high school I weighed in at about 300 pounds in my senior year and that scared me. Also at the time I was accepted into a school for musical theater and was going to have to wear tights and take ballet, so that scared me enough to really take losing weight seriously. People at the time that motivated me were Oprah, Ricki Lake, and Carnie Wilson. I had seen them lose weight and thought that if they could do it I could do it.

What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?

When I first started to lose weight I started just simply riding a bike around my neighborhood, then started using a treadmill and walking while watching TV. I started at first walking from one segment of a sitcom to a commercial than the whole 30 mins. I did it every other day. Then I went to NY for school and took a lot of dance and walked a lot and that helped me take off a lot of weight.

Once I graduated from the school in NY I moved to Los Angeles and there because of my dance experience in school I was a dancer in a lot of shows and then added weight lifting to my workouts along with hiking. Currently, I lift and do cardio 5 days a week. Usually what helps me is joining challenges and working with trainers.

What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey? 

I went through so many different diets. I started with Deal a Meal, then did Slim Fast. Then at the time in the 90s fat-free fad was in and I went with that. I have also done Somersizing, Team Beach Body, and currently, counting macros which have been my favorite. This targets Calories, Fat, Protein, Sugar. This is about 24 years of dieting lol. 

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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?

Losing weight is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I continuously go up and down with my weight because I definitely struggle with food. I was made fun of a lot growing up and then going into acting was told things like my face was too fat to be in film or me in tights reminded an agent of the hippos in Fantasia.

I have had struggles with body dysmorphia, overtaking diet pills, and bulimia. I had to realize that my struggle was not only external but internal and started therapy, recovery, and a lot of growth spiritually. I gave up many times but I always got back on the horse because I felt better eating better and working out. All the diets I tried worked – it was me that didn’t. Consistency is what the key is. I still have days where I see myself in the mirror and only see fat but they are much less now and am starting to become happy with whatever I see in the mirror.

Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?

I currently track my nutrition using MyFitnessPal. That has been my favorite thing because it helps me more not undereat when I am trying to lose weight. I’ve used scales but actually tend to avoid them and go more for measuring. In lifting, muscle weighs more than fat and I still have anxiety about numbers on the scale. Measuring helps me see that I am losing fat.

When did you start to notice progress?

I have had huge amounts of progress. Currently, I am at 202 pounds and so at that time, I have lost about 100 pounds. Since high school, I have gone up and down but never tend to go over 230. It’s a life long battle. 

Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?

Taking everything one day at a time. Also watching Mel Robbins 5 second rule and sayings like today’s decisions tomorrow’s reality. In the evening I tend to drink a lot to keep me full. I drink things like crystal light and go to bed. It’s not the greatest because I have to pee at night but it helps me not get those late-night snack hungers.

What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?

You have to take weight loss one day at a time. Don’t look into the future about it or the past if you fell off. Today is a new day. Patience and consistency are the keys to dieting. You are going to lose weight slowly so you have to be patient. You have to think to yourself it now or never. 

Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?

Where can we find more about you?

I talk about my weight loss and workout journey on my Facebook page Michael James Daly. You can also follow my Instagram @michaeljdaly930

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