So, 60 lost lbs later, here I am, gaining and losing the same 5-10 lbs for the last... 8 months? I'm M/6'0"/219, and figure I need to lose at least 20 lbs more before I'm where I want to be. It's taken a while to understand why the first 60 went by so fast, but the last 20 aren't going anywhere. (and let's be honest. After I lose those 20 lbs, I will probably want to try losing another 20). Since figuring it out, I'm having improved success. I'm probably not the only person who's hit this wall, but no one has ever talked about it, so I figured I'd share. It's not that I'm plateaued. It's not that my bodyfat percentage is too low. It's not that I'm building muscle (though that does contribute a little) The problem is:
This is good enough!
I'm "male" again. Women notice me. I'm fit and active, too. I've got excess weight around my middle and would look so much better if I ditched it, but I don't need to do that to be a "normal" person anymore. I started out wearing XXL shirts and size 48 jeans. Now I'm down to 38s and I'm somewhere between a L and an XL (XL is a little too big, L is a little too small). Simply put, I could hang out here without too much trouble.
In losing those 60 lbs, I've changed my eating habits and become more active than ever before. I could simply eat less and be "done with it", rather than letting my weight fluctuate between 222 and 232. The problem is that this is, as I said, good enough. No one's looking at me funny, no one calls me 'fatso' (even though I know I'm overweight), and the energy it takes to continue eating at a 500-1000 calorie deficit every day isn't so easy to muster when the need isn't so pressing.
I do, however, have a solution. It's allowed me to get to down to 219 and with no real indication of stopping. My weight-loss wonder-pill?
CLOTHES WHICH ARE SLIGHTLY TOO SMALL FOR ME
Seriously. If you're stuck, then this is the answer. I look very good in an extra large shirt. Large is hit-or-miss, however. Sometimes Large looks alright, but it's a little tight. Most of the time Large makes my gut and love handles materialize. Suddenly, I am no longer that fit looking man. Instead, I look fat! It undoes a lot of the benefits I've enjoyed from successful weight loss without actually making me gain any weight.
I've long since donated away all my XXL/48 fat clothes to charity, but I have to tell you... 'Large' looks so much nicer than 'Extra Large'. It conforms to my chest and makes me look muscular (just don't don't DON'T look any lower than my chest!). So I'm starting to retire the XL stuff, too. My wardrobe is around 50% XL and 50% L. I am shopping for the build and weight I want to have, and sometimes, it makes me look horrible.
I can work with horrible. I can improve horrible. It's easy. I just look in the mirror if I want some inspiration, because that gut looks STUPID.
I figured a little inspiration might go a long way, because man or woman, I'm certain a lot of people fall into the exact same trap, and it took a long time for me to figure out how to escape it.
See you guys at "fit and trim"!