YouTuber Joel Wood recently shared the story of the weight loss journey that he's been on over the last couple of years, including the changes he made to his lifestyle that helped him lose more than 50 pounds and improve his personal fitness.
Joel had struggled with an eating disorder after gaining weight as a teenager, and he recalls how his diet and overall habits around food were contributing to him putting on even more weight. It was in 2017, when his weight reached 15 stone (210 pounds), that he decided to make some changes to his lifestyle.
"It wasn't just a physical weight," he says. "I felt an emotional weight with that as well, because I wasn't happy with the way that I looked, I wasn't happy with the way that I felt. I had some health issues, my mental state was really low."
He started out by making some small changes to his nutrition, and soon began to see results; he lost 14 pounds in the first month. He also got more serious about his exercise, admitting that he'd always had a gym membership, but had never done much physically intense activity. So he signed up with Orange Theory, which combines cardio and strength training in fast-paced circuits.
Elsewhere in the video Joel breaks down his diet, and explains how learning about macronutrients was an important step in him figuring out that a protein-heavy diet would be the most beneficial for him. "You need to take in enough protein for your muscles to repair, because when you work out, you make micro-tears in your muscles and they need protein to heal bigger and stronger," he says. "But also, protein is a lot more filling than carbs or fats... Prioritizing protein really helps with my hunger levels."
The best advice Joel can give to anybody else who's at the start of their own weight loss journey is to not be intimidated or discouraged. "Just start small, and build up," he says.
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