When 26-year-old Lexi Reed reached 485 pounds, she knew she had to make a change. Two years later, she’s been wildly successful following these five simple rules.
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Lexi Reed was fed up with the life she was living.
It was January 1, 2016, and 26-year-old Reed, who lives in Terre Haute, Indiana, weighed 485 pounds. “I knew that if I didn’t get my health under control, I might not live to see my 30th birthday,” she says. Reed made a New Year’s resolution to start shedding pounds, and she set up an Instagram titled @fatgirlfedup to track her progress and help keep herself accountable. Two years later, Reed has shed 312 pounds and counting. Here are the five secrets to her success.
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Rule #1: Don’t diet
“I didn’t follow any certain meal plan,” she explains. “I just counted calories and aimed to eat more protein, vegetables, and fewer carbs.” But Reed was sure to include foods she loved with the goal of permanently changing her eating in a way she could live with—rather than adopt a short-term diet. “I took the foods I loved and created healthier versions,” she says. Here’s how mindful eating can help you lose weight.
Rule #2: Patience is paramount
One of the most important things to remember is that change won’t happen overnight. “The first place I saw change was in my face, but since I had so much to lose, it wasn’t for about a month before I saw results. I just had to remind myself that change takes time and it’s a marathon—not a sprint.” The patient approach worked: In the first year of Reed’s weight loss journey, she dropped 224 pounds. These 15 weight-loss mistakes could potentially derail your goals.