How to lose 100 pounds? Harry Potter and Heart Disease, That’s How

I used to weigh 310 pounds. I was unhealthy, pre-diabetic (at least), and completely sedentary. I hated moving, being sweaty, working hard at anything, sports, and pretty much anything that didn’t involve being inside and staring at a screen.

Then, 6 months after I got married, I went on a delayed honeymoon to Disney World and was able to get into a soft-opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was magical…until I could just barely fit into the Dueling Dragons harness, and the attendant sent me off to what I was sure to be my death.

That moment changed my life. I couldn’t go through life carefree anymore. Being fat was actually going to hold me back. So something had to change. I had to lose so much weight. But I had no idea how to lose 100 pounds.

The TLDR version is that I began eating according to the low-glycemic index, which meant I avoided all sugar, starches, and I had limited carbohydrates (complex over simple), tried phentermine (which is a miracle drug), and used the extra energy from those changes to begin cycling and running so that when I hit my goal weight, I would already be entrenched in a new lifestyle.

And when my dad died in 2012 after 12 years of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues? I used that grief and stress to motivate myself into living as long a life as I could. I recognized that losing weight and being healthy were not the same thing, and I made sure that I not only wasn’t going to be limited by my weight anymore. Plus, I literally wanted to live it.

So I learned how to lose 100 pounds. In fact, I I lost 155 pounds, and along the way, I picked up a fantastic new lifestyle that keeps me fit, active, healthy, and geeky.

The most important lesson, though, is if you want to know how to lose 100 pounds is this: Diets don’t work. Lifestyle changes do.

Feel free to reach out to me! I’d love to hear from you!

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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1 Comment

  1. Bradley Austin

    Agreed 100%. I spent years on diet yo-yos. Finally found out about low carb thru “Fat to Skinny”. Doug and Impa were definitely inspirations. But, I started to burn out on simply low carb, I liked too many food varieties. Finally, you learn balance. It’s truly just a lifestyle change, and it works. I’m on my 2nd year, and hoping to finish the last 30 lbs this year

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