What the 16 Pounds I Lost in 1 Year Were Made Of

They were made of 4 things, actually.

Alix A.
In Fitness And In Health


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I didn’t go on a diet. I didn’t exercise — I even stopped working out. I quit counting calories. I ceased feeling guilty when I ate dessert or pizza.

In a word, I let go. I learned to listen to myself, and as a result, some of my habits changed.

I lost 16 pounds in 1 year, and my weight has been stable for the last 4 months. I had tried to lose weight for several years without success. And suddenly, poof… gone.

After a year and a lot of thinking, I think I have figured out where the weight loss came from. I would say there are 4 factors.

1. Alcohol (Confirmed by This Week-End)

When I was a student in Paris, I started to gain weight. Not at first. More when I started to make friends and go out.

Weekends were synonymous with evenings spent chatting over one, two, or three beers. During that time, I gained 11 pounds.

Alcohol causes weight gain for many reasons (source: Insider):

  • It prevents your body from burning fat. Because alcohol is a toxin, your body is super busy breaking it down into something non-toxic. So it focuses all its attention on that and stops burning fat.