Diet, self-discipline and willpower did it for us, say two women who succeeded in dropping nearly half their weight.
I misplaced over 60 kilos and regained my well being
At the starting of yearly, members of CITAM Church on Valley Road, Nairobi, undertake a 40-day quick.
For years, I had joined my fellow church members in the annual quick, generally going for 5 or seven straight days with out meals.
I had by no means tried the 40-day quick, partly as a result of I wasn’t positive I might maintain out that lengthy.
But I made a decision to present it a attempt in January, 2018, dwelling on water and one meal a day at 6pm for 40 days. I did it for religious causes and felt an unimaginable sense of accomplishment.
Although I wasn’t fasting to drop a few pounds, I used to be pleasantly shocked to notice that my weight had dropped from 138 to 132 kilos.
I used to be at all times the chubbiest baby at school and the playground. Even as a grown up, I used to be at all times the greatest of all my associates.
Not that it bothered me. I’m a assured and outgoing individual.
Still, I had tried shedding weight a number of instances utilizing completely different diets I discovered on the web.
I might weight loss program in the run-up to occasions, aiming to suit into sure garments, or every time my garments grew to become too tight.
I sometimes misplaced weight however would revert to my “normal” consuming habits proper after, regaining all the kilos, and a few.
For an individual standing 5’eight”, my weight — 138 kilos at my heaviest — introduced a variety of well being problems.
I used to be in my early forties however seeing the physician each three weeks; I had sleep apnea (a doubtlessly severe sleep problem wherein respiratory repeatedly stops and begins), bronchial asthma, hypertension, dizzying complications and joint pains.
So dangerous have been my knees that getting up from a chair or climbing a flight of stairs was troublesome.
Because of the sleep apnea and hypertension, I used to be sleeping just one or two hours an evening, leaving me drained and drowsy throughout the day.
Things bought so dangerous that I attempted to persuade my physician to prescribe sleeping ills for me. But he refused and suggested me to drop a few pounds as a substitute.
Although I made a decision to comply with the physician’s recommendation, I had challenges discovering the proper weight reduction methodology.
I wanted to lose nearly half my weight — 70 kilos. That sounded nearly unimaginable to realize.
I used to be nonetheless mulling over how one can go about it when my sister instructed me a couple of childhood good friend she’d ran into.
The good friend, a medical physician who had at all times been as chubby as I used to be, had misplaced 40 kgs.
My sister pushed me to search for her and I did, and she or he was very happy to share her “secret”.
On her recommendation, I booked an appointment with a consultant from the Wellness Project Africa.
The weight reduction firm’s web site stated it supplied medically monitored and tailored medical plans for people.
Their programme used meals to steadiness weight- influencing hormones as a way to set off fats burning.
I had my blood samples taken for the goal of monitoring the ranges of varied weight-influencing hormones in my blood, in addition to my liver, kidney and thyroid capabilities.
I started my weight reduction journey on June 18, 2018, strictly following directions from my wellness accomplice, a skilled particular person assigned to assist me navigate the course of. I misplaced 5 kilos the first month.
The meals prescribed have been nice and there have been many choices to select from.
I used to be glad that my favorite meals like beef, rooster, conventional greens and fruit have been included. The meals have been additionally simple to arrange, even after I was travelling.
By the second month, my vitality ranges had elevated, enabling me to affix a gymnasium and go for walks in Karura Forest.
After six months (June to December 2018), I went from 133 to 85 kilos. It was nearly unbelievable.
My associates and I flew to Cape Town to have fun my achievement. Although I relaxed a bit on the weight loss program throughout that vacation, I nonetheless caught to the ideas — avoiding junk meals and processed carbohydrates and sticking to protein, fruit and greens.
In January, 2019, I went again to strictly following the weight loss program. It paid off as a result of by April, my weight was all the way down to 77 kilos, the lowest in my grownup life.
But after I dropped to 74 kilos, my household grew to become involved, saying, I regarded a bit weak.
On the recommendation of my wellness accomplice, I accomplished the weight loss program and elevated my protein consumption whereas taking over weight coaching to construct muscle.
I nonetheless do this, having modified my consuming habits for good. My weight now oscillates between 74 and 77 kilos, nearly a 12 months after ending the programme.
The advantages I’ve reaped are immeasurable. For somebody who bought bronchial asthma at age 25, it is vitally refreshing not remembering the final time I had an assault or used an inhaler.
For the first time in my life my weight is regular and I can sleep all through the night time.
I not undergo from sleep apnea and insomnia and my blood strain is regular.
Although my knees are nonetheless a bit of infected, I’m going to the gymnasium, climb stairs and rise up from my seat with out a battle.
One of my best achievements, which many individuals would possibly take with no consideration, is that I can now cross my legs when seated, put on stockings and steadiness in excessive heels.
Although I used to be by no means an enormous eater, I now realise that skipping meals and snacking on junk meals like chocolate, desserts, ice cream and pizza was the cause I gained a lot weight.
Because I had a busy schedule and lived alone, I hardly ever cooked, choosing unhealthy takeaways.
I additionally by no means drank water, however relied on Fanta soda to quench my thirst, even after I awakened at night time with a parched throat due to sleep apnea!
I haven’t eaten chocolate, pizza, chips or any junk meals since 2018, and I not even crave them.
I’m not one to ask anybody to drop a few pounds as I don’t consider in judging others. Weight loss is a private choice, and everybody must be allowed to do it on their very own phrases.
I misplaced over 50 kilos and stated goodbye to gout and arthritis
Caroline Olumwa, businesswoman
I finished weighing myself after I broke a good friend’s weighing balance. I weighed 120 kilos.
Whenever I walked into garments retailers, the attendants would shortly level out that they didn’t have my measurement.
I hated being instructed I used to be overweight, however I couldn’t cease consuming, and the weight saved piling on.
My weight bothered me. For somebody in her late thirties, it was an excessive amount of. I’d sometimes get motivated to start out exercising, waking up at 4am to go jogging or to the gymnasium, however would quickly get annoyed and quit.
I might eat beef and rice or chips for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and down chapatti with milk in the center of the night time to appease my flaring abdomen ulcers. I might snack on junk meals proper after a meal.
My home was at all times stocked with juice, soda and biscuits. I by no means ate greens.
I used to be dwelling alone and going by despair, so I by no means cooked however relied on unhealthy takeaways.
My tummy grew larger with each meal, resting on my lap after I sat. At one level I regarded 9 months pregnant!
My relationship with meals hadn’t at all times been like that. My weight drawback was triggered by a nasty break-up, so I sought consolation in meals. Ironically, the extra I ate, the worse I felt.
Then, one night time in June, 2018, I developed ache in my proper knee. I lay in mattress, unable to stretch or bend it. It was sizzling and swollen.
I believed exercising would provide aid so for weeks, I attempted exercising. In October, unable to bear it anymore, I went to the hospital.
Tests confirmed that I had developed gouty arthritis. The physician put me on treatment for 3 months and banned me from consuming crimson meat.
He additionally instructed me to look at what I ate, no matter that meant. My enterprise promoting purses in Eastlands was doing badly.
But one thing else was bothering me; my mom was battling extreme rheumatoid arthritis and I feared I might find yourself like her.
I couldn’t transfer or bend my proper leg and would drag it alongside after I walked. I as soon as ran into an outdated good friend who, exclaimed: “Sikujua mtu anaweza kuwa kiwete akiwa mtu mzima,” (I didn’t know one might turn out to be handicapped in maturity).
For three months, I religiously took the prescribed drugs however there was no change.
And I couldn’t afford the Sh5,000 session charges, so I referred to as the physician. He instructed that I proceed with my prescription.
But I had no cash and relied on painkillers to give you the chance stroll and took sleeping tablets at night time.
I suffered fixed complications, coughs and colds and had extraordinarily painful menses and abdomen ulcers that always flared up.
I wasn’t simply sick. At measurement 24, I additionally had physique picture points and didn’t need to take any pictures.
One day a matatu tout instructed me that I must pay for 2 seats since no one needed to sit down squeezed subsequent to me.
A pleasant passenger bought me out of the awkward state of affairs by letting me sit subsequent to him.
I broke the information about my leg to my mum on telephone, since I couldn’t go visiting for Christmas.
Naturally, she was apprehensive I used to be taking place the similar painful path she was on.
In January, 2019, I finished taking the prescribed drugs as a result of I couldn’t afford it and opted for painkillers.
In February, after I might barely in a position elevate Sh100 for a day’s dose, a neighbour instructed me about a health care provider who was visiting him from Kakamega and providing free therapy.
He identified me with the similar ailment as the first physician. But his prescription value over Sh20,000.
When I instructed him about my monetary state of affairs, he suggested me to go for intermittent fasting (IF), a system the place you undergo cycles of consuming and fasting.
He stated going hungry would value nothing, however would enhance my situation. He was so good that he even printed notes on IF for me.
I by no means learn the notes, and the thought of going with out meals for days sounded loopy.
But in March, 2019, whereas on Facebook, I noticed a gaggle calling itself Intermittent Fasting Support Group Africa (mentor Kelitu Kaseo).
On the web page have been inspiring accounts by individuals who had efficiently misplaced weight by IF. I began IF that month, weighing over 120 kilos.
After every week going for 16 hours with out meals and consuming solely throughout an eight-hour window, the ache in my leg began subsiding.
I regularly elevated my fasting durations to 24 hours, then … 36, 48, 60, 72 and at last 156 (6 days with no meals — simply water, inexperienced or black tea, black espresso and bone broth on day three to spice up vitality).
The third week, I might stroll with out having to take painkillers. That day did a 10km loop round my neighbourhood and jumped for pleasure after I returned house with no ache. I couldn’t consider it. IF was working!
I misplaced 13 kgs throughout my first, five-week cycle, and 7 kilos in the subsequent cycle. By November 2019, I used to be weighing 70 kilos.
Was it onerous? No! But the considered going for six days with out meals made me anxious. I believed I might die of starvation in my sleep.
But my fears have been shortly allayed by different individuals in the Facebook group.
My happiest second was when the swelling and ache on my knee went. Just having the ability to raise, stretch and fold my leg was unbelievable.
I now apply weight upkeep, so I don’t quick past three days. I feel and look youthful, and I not get complications, coughs, colds or interval pains.
My ulcers too, have cleared, and I sleep like a child. IF has completely modified my consuming habits. I eat just one meal a day.
I keep away from wheat, processed starch and sugar, and like pure entire carbohydrates like arrowroots, candy potatoes and ugali constituted of unprocessed flour.
I get protein from pulses and seeds like chia, sunflower, flax, pumpkin and macadamia. Traditional greens and pure yoghurt are additionally a continuing in my weight loss program.
My mentor, nicknamed Kelitu Kaseo on Facebook, helped me safely navigate my IF journey. And I’m happier, more healthy and lighter!