Can I be painfully honest with you for a moment?
Study by Penn State College of Medicine shows, among Americans who have ever been overweight or obese, only 1 in every 6 of them loses weight and maintains that loss.
Yes, permanent body slimming is a real challenge.
Considering majority of the people are unable to shed pounds and keep them off, those who have the wish to lose 100 pounds in 6 months can seem a far-fetched goal.
Not really, it is indeed achievable.
How to Lose 100 pounds in 6 Months: Tips & Success Stories
There are research findings and lifestyle changes – recommended by experts and people with remarkable weight loss success – that can help you stay on the path toward a healthier body.
And don’t worry, not all weight loss journeys are as physically demanding as the path of these folks who worked with celebrity Kim Kardashian’s personal trainer Melissa Alcantara:
You have many options to lose 100 pounds in 6 months, and here is how you can make it happen:
#1: Supercharge Your Motivation and Keep It Throughout
The brutal truth is, even we know what to do to lose weight, it can be hard to actually DO it.
Weight loss is as much about mindset as it is committing to a diet plan and exercise regimen.
You may feel the motivation right now, but how do you maintain it throughout the 6 months?
Here are 5 useful tips to keep you stay motivated and gear your weight loss journey for success.
To bridge some of these ideas into the context of this post –
Target to “lose 100 pounds in 6 months” is a specific, measurable, and time bounded goal. Great!
While you need to assess if this goal is attainable and realistic to you, maintaining weight loss motivation is a crucial aspect in starting and sustaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.
There are many different types of motivation that people engage in, so it’s important to find out what really motivates you, as convincing your mind is half the battle with weight loss motivation.
For Christina Castro, one of her motivation and driving force is HealthyWage challenge.
The HealthyWage weight loss challenges pay to lose weight. You bet on meeting your own personal weight goal — and when you succeed, you win cash rewards.
Such financial incentive is a scientifically-proven weight loss motivation, as shown in these interesting research findings and media coverage of HealthyWage by CNN / Fox-News etc.
Weighed 296 Pounds, Christina bet $50 per month for 6 months that she could lose 80 pounds.
Christina crushed her goal, lost 84 pounds in 6 months and won $1,191!
Check out her inspiring story and before and after results in the video below.
Here’s How HealthyWage Works:
1. Visit HealthyWage Website and play around with the prize calculator by entering info like how many pounds you want to lose, how long you’ll take to reach your goal, how much you want to bet. The prize calculator will indicate how much you could earn based on your input.
2. Sign up and put monthly bet amount for the duration of weight loss challenge. For example: Lose 100 pounds in 6 months with a monthly bet of $30.
3. Start losing your weight.
4. Meet your personal weight loss goal and win your cash rewards.
And for Jasmine who always cried in her closet because nothing fit or looked good, made the change to lose 100lbs in 8 months – but she did not do it alone.
Jasmine and her husband lost weight together by setting up “couple goals” as new year resolution, reached their goals with amazing body transformation and made it their mission to inspire others.
This is another great idea, as research by American Psychological Association and University of Illinois show social support from family and friends can help you to lose weight.
A few weeks into the weight loss journey, many people’s motivation begins to drop for varying reasons. Maybe you get bored with clean eating, or you feel frustrated and defeated after hitting a plateau in your weight loss. A few slip-ups and you can be derailed, physically and emotionally.
So find your real motivation to strengthen your determination. If someone is dependent on you, then you can use that as motivation whenever things get hard.
Where there is a will, there’s a way.
#2: Not Just What You Eat, but When and How You Eat.
The “Healthy Weight Loss = 80% Nutrition + 20% Exercise” rule has been backed by science and should be adhered to, if healthy and sustainable weight loss is your goal.
While what you eat and how much you eat play central roles in shedding pounds and maintaining a healthy weight —
There is no one single perfect diet or weightloss plan for everyone, as every individual has their own food preferences and lifestyle.
Some may prefer to lose pounds in a healthy way by cleaning out poor food choices and replace them with Mediterranean meal plan without overly restrictive diets.
Some people take dietary supplement pills as additional weight loss aids.
And some took the extreme path by trying out insanely unhealthy diet to slim down quickly.
Choose Healthy Diet Plan You Can Maintain Long-term
Need some weight loss diet ideas to achieve your goal?
Let’s look at some real-life success stories of people who lost over 100 pounds.
First is Mary, who once weighed 352 pounds.
She lost 200.5 pounds and halved her size, primarily through the ‘secret’ diet plan that she revealed to Dr Oz in video below.
The best part?
Mary still ate pizza on every Wednesday night in the journey to achieve her weight loss goal!
Reid, who called himself ‘The Keto Guy’, lost over 135 pounds in 6 months.
He demonstrated strong mental strength and determination to trim down his 430 lbs body, maintain muscle, and stay healthy.
Check out his dieting tips and remarkable body transformation:
And for Jordan who lost 100 pounds in 6 months, “which type of diet you follow?” was the question that she got asked the most.
Started at 303.4lbs, she eventually lost 130 pounds after 11 months.
Jordan shared her weight loss journey in below, including how she changed her eating habits.
And on the photos showing her weight loss before and after results — she looked gorgeous!
Lastly, it’s Nique who lost 100lbs in 4 months.
She did it without exercise. Incredible!
Started at 520 Lbs, she focus on the food she consumed into the body by changing her diet.
Nique shared the details of her diet change in this video.
As you can see, the diet plans of all these people are different, as there are so many ways to eat healthy and shed pounds.
It’s important that you do not follow blindly on any ‘proven’ weight loss diet plan that does not suit your taste. Don’t force food down your throat if you don’t like it, because you’ll struggle to adhere to it for 6 months and beyond.
Bottom line is:
Choose a healthy diet plan which you can maintain and enjoy long-term, so that you have greater chance to stick with it, lose weight successfully, and maintain that loss moving forward.
When You Eat and How You Eat Also Matter
Weight loss is not only affected by what food and drink you have, especially when you wish to shed a large amount of pounds and keep them off.
You’d need to consider not only what you eat, but when and how you eat it —
- Eat early and avoid eating after dark: Study show overweight people who take late lunch after 3pm lost less weight compared to those who eat lunch before before 3pm.
Researchers in Chicago also found people gain weight through higher total calories when they eat after 8pm or before sleep — no wonder Oprah Winfrey said she was no longer eating after 7:30 p.m. to stave off weight gain.
- Eat within time-restricted window of 10 hours: Research by The Salk Institute show confining meals to a 10 hour window (such as 8am to 6pm) and fasting for the remaining day can help to shed pounds more effectively by allowing a 14-hour overnight cleanse.
There is also study that shows 16:8 intermittent fasting can help to reduce weight while lower blood pressure, when people eat within 8 hours window (such as 10am to 6pm) and fast for the remaining 16. Dr. Eric Berg elaborates more on intermittent fasting in video below.
- Slow Down your eating and chew thoroughly: Research show fast eaters are more likely to be obese, with a review of 23 observational studies by Kyushu University of Japan found faster eaters are more likely to gain weight than slower eaters.
Slow down your eating by chewing your food thoroughly can help you feel more full with fewer calories, which is associated with decreased food intake, according to studies by Harbin Medical University and University of Rhode Island.
#3: Integrate Simple Physical Activities or Exercise You Enjoy
To become 100 pounds lighter in 6 months is a real challenge, so your plan should include physical exercise to burn calories in order to maximize your chances of success in shaping up your body.
After all, a key objective of losing weight is to stay healthy, and physical exercise can bring numerous non-weight-loss related health benefits like lowers heart disease risk, improves memory, boosts energy level, or even puts the spark back into your sex life.
One man who lost 100 pounds in 6 months is Daniel Ramos, who knew he had to make a change when clothes stopped fitting him.
In video below, Daniel shared the workout tips that helped him to reduce weight from 240-Lbs to 140-Lbs, including how he changed his training methods during the journey.
And you don’t necessarily go to gym to shed pounds.
Find something you can enjoy when it comes to integrate exercise into your weight loss journey:
A perfect workout routine you hate is going to be less effective than finding a type of exercise you love and will stick.
There are a ton of options out there that you have no excuse not to find something you like:
Nintendo Wii Fit, dancing, Yoga, Zumba, pilates workout, rollerblading, biking, rock climbing…
… or simple exercise that “I Have No Time” is definitely not an obstacle:
Jump rope, jogging, dumbbell workout at home, takes staircase instead of elevator, and so on.
Wait… simple exercises can help to shed 100 pounds?
What a BS, you may think, especially if you are searching for secret weightloss workout routines.
Well, say hello to 19 years old Andrea who lost 100 lbs jumping rope, with her inspiring body transformation story below.
The success story of Andrea reiterated what we recommended earlier:
Find exercise you ENJOY.
Andrea tried basketball, running, marathon, baseball, softball and she didn’t like them all — until she fell in love with jump rope, and then 100 pounds disappeared.
Another example is former obese mom Christina Jordan who lost 113 pounds with Walking as part of her journey — and she featured in People magazine!
The more hard work you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.
Weight loss is a process, so it’s OK to start slowly and then gradually gear up the momentum.
For Edwin Velez, he started with walking, picked up the pace with more exercise such as cardio training, and eventually lost 101 pounds in 4 months!
His magnificent determination and discipline even earned the recognition from transformation specialist Chris Powell:
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Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today To Lose 100lbs!
Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
When most people think about getting fit and healthy, they envision eating salad and running for hours on the treadmill. It doesn’t have to be like that, as you have many options.
We believe this post has given you some ideas on how to lose 100 pounds in 6 months (or faster), and the inspirations to get you started.
Have more fun to stay motivated in your weight loss journey!
Let’s wrap up with the success stories of 3 women who lost over 100 pounds each without surgery – watch the Good Morning America video below.
If someone else can do it, you can do it too!