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I Lost Weight: Danny Ninkovic Learned How To Craft Healthy Meals And Lost 132 Pounds

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Name: Danny Ninkovic
Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | I Lost Weight: Danny Ninkovic Learned How To Craft Healthy Meals And Lost 132 PoundsAge: 28
Height: 5’10”
Before Weight: 302 pounds

How I Gained It: I was a truck driver. Two out of three people in the trucking industry are overweight, so I kind of fit in, looks-wise. I played Xbox instead of being active.

I did not have an eating schedule. It was rare for me to eat when I actually felt hungry. I ate when I was bored. I killed time by snacking on empty calories, like chips or pretzels or sweets. Eating late played a big factor in my weight gain. Sitting at home late at night, not having a social life, all I did was play video games and not notice that I’d eaten a whole (big) bag of potato chips and drank two cans of Coke in less than an hour.

Being 23 years old and being overweight can bring a lot of stress and depression into someone’s life. The worst way to cure that is with food, which is what got me to 302 pounds. Any time I felt stressed, I’d make myself some food and feel better for a short period of time. I ate two big meals per day, and did not really count the snacks before, between or after meals. Coke was the only thing I was drinking because water just didn’t make sense to me. It did not have any taste so why drink it?

I tried other diets and failed. I tried pills that were supposed to make me lose weight; of course, I became more depressed.

Breaking Point: I was tired most of the time and had trouble getting in and out of the truck to fuel it — it was a hard battle trying to support 300 pounds. People would ask me to go out for drinks or movies, but I didn’t want people laughing at me while I was out.

How I Lost It: One of my close friends was using Medifast and told me that it was working for him. I started the program and noticed results about three weeks in. Everything in my body changed. My blood pressure was always high. Now, after losing weight, it is at a normal level and has stayed that way. My cholesterol and blood sugar have improved as well.

My eating habits have completely changed. I eat three healthy meals per day, with 100-calorie snacks in between. I keep my calorie intake between 1,800 and 2,200 per day. I substituted mustard for mayonaise, vinegar for ranch dressing and water for soda. Medifast has provided me with low-calorie snacks that I substituted for chips and pretzels. I have learned the proper way of creating a eating schedule and how not to over-eat. There is food out there that actually tastes good and helps you lose weight, you just have to find it!

I started going to the gym to lift weights for an hour per day, three or four days a week. I concentrated on gaining muscle mass, and the weight loss I would leave up to my proper diet. It kind of all fell in place when I was losing body fat and gaining muscle mass. Now, I follow the same regime as I did when I started my weight-loss journey. I do add a little more protein into my diet by eating more lean chicken or turkey breast.

I still use Medifast for all of my snacks that I take to work with me. When I began losing weight, I started dieting and exercising at the same time. In the beginning, exercising felt like a punishment, which was the hardest stage of my weight loss. I would wake up in the morning and feel very tired and not motivated to exercise. Every time I finish my exercise, I feel much better and happier that I actually got myself to get up and go to the gym. After about three weeks, the muscle soreness went away, and I started getting used to exercising. In the first couple weeks, I did not see much progress but just enough to not give up and continue with what I was doing.

From being someone to pick on and laugh at, I have become someone people look up to, look to for inspiration and ask for advice. I have people I’ve never heard of calling me asking me how I did it. I am still the same person that I was before. I have a good personality and know how to get along with people. The difference is, now I can go out and have fun with friends and not be afraid of someone making fun of the way I look. I am much more outgoing, therefore I have a bigger circle of friends now — and one thing I did not have before is a very big circle of friends that are girls. I do have a girlfriend, who I met after losing weight and have been with for two and a half years now. There aren’t any restrictions on what I can do now. My friends wanted to go skydiving for a long time, but I could not go because I was over the weight limit of 250 pounds. After my weight loss, I did it twice.

After Weight: 170 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-07 22:50:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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