In November 2021 I moved back to my home country, the United States, after mostly living abroad for years. I didn’t change my diet at all and didn’t even realize I had gained weight until I met with my audiobook narrator Thomas Miller and he took pictures of me. I was genuinely surprised that I looked chubby. I got on a scale and saw I weighed 25 pounds (12 kg) more than I thought! I had put on that weight in no more than two months! I didn’t notice because I rarely look into the mirror.
My eating habits hadn’t changed, so what accounted for the unexpected massive weight gain? I had never put on weight this quickly without noticing. Was it something in the air? In the water? Was it my age? Were the foods different in the U.S.? Before coming here, I had lived in New Zealand for some time. The food there has a less processed, more organic quality. I’m not talking about fake “organic” – I mean really organic – hand-delivered by farmers to the supermarket. After some study and reflection, this is my conclusion:
Dear Americans, would you please take a closer look at what you put into your foods.
My light-self had disappeared in less two months. So I devised a strategy to regain it just as quickly as I had lost it.
I keep hearing from people the belief “It’s easy to gain weight but so very hard to lose it”. What a limiting thought! That belief has no place in my reality. I lost the 25 extra pounds within only another two months. Just as sensationally as I had gained it.
This is how it was done. I am not saying that this is the way everyone should do it. Each person is unique and just copying what others do is no guarantee for success. Instead, feel your body and intend to find what works for you.
- To set the intention, I used my very own “Thought Ascension Tool” until the issue emotionally cleared.
- I began intermittent fasting (not eating between 6 pm and 11 am next day). I often do this anyway, because I am not hungry in the morning, but I practiced it more strictly.
- I monitored my exact weight every day for two months. Monitoring adds consciousness and you learn about how your body responds to different foods and physical exercise.
- I removed all sugars and carbs from my food for this time.
- I ate mostly fish, eggs and meat for a month, with some vegetables and fruit.
- I removed all dairy.
- I changed my food every day.
- I stopped using cooking oils (even olive oil) and cooked with water only.
- I got a scale and weighed all portions, writing down the calories every day.
- I did some kind of sport 4 times a week (but I do this anyway).
All of this may seem like a lot of effort to you. You might say “Well, maybe people are right about losing weight being much harder”. But only if you define feeling lighter and having more energy as “effort”. Intermittent fasting, for example, does not cost the body more work and effort, but less. You are left with more energy overall. Cutting out sugars may seem like “effort”, but again, it leaves you with more energy and less effort overall. If you think it’s “effort” and “hard work” to stop burdening yourself, you might want to reframe these beliefs. I enjoyed many good meals during this time. It wasn’t all that hard to drop the weight. I am happy to be lighter and brighter again.
Currently I am dropping the next 10 pounds, but taking a little more time for that. I plan to be done in about 2 months. Why the slow down? Because it’s easier to maintain a thing long-term that is created through incremental change instead of radical change.
You might now object “Well, OK, it’s possible to drop weight that quickly, but what’s to stop you from putting it back on. You put on 25 pounds subconsciously!”
Well, that’s where the now incremental change comes in. It’s the stabilizing phase. It’s also a matter of learning the food-culture I am in. I had forgotten how dire the “food” situation in the U.S. is. In the previous countries I lived, I had taken a few years to learn which foods have which effects. When I moved back to the U.S. I needed to readjust. To maintain my weight, it will be enough if I monitor once a week (not every day), for another year. Or I do a few more runs of my reality creation techniques. Either way, problem solved.
One thing I learned from this episode is how easily this could have spiraled into obesity. My compassion for the many obese of the country grew. That’s a good thing. Apart from self-discipline, a healthy skepticism of mainstream foods and mainstream advice is good for success.
Less is more. There is no need for us to stuff ourselves with foods or even with material goods, information or entertainment or anything else. If you’re in a situation where you are stuffing yourself with “stuff”, realize how much joy and satisfaction a human being can get by doing without some things for some time, with minimalism, with travelling lightly. That’s the attitude I adopted before experiencing a wonderful readjustment of my body shape.