I did it by using the FitnessPal app, religiously inputting my food intake everyday.
I limitted myself to 1000 to 1200 calories a day but I don't really deprive myself of the food that I want to have. If I really want to eat something that is higher in calories, I will eat in smaller portions and will have lesser to eat in calories for the day. It's like a daily budget I have.
It worked for me because I don't feel deprived.
But after reaching my goal, I had some struggles trying to maintain it and I did gain back 2 kilos.
But I wasn't going to give up.
I knew I had to change my strategy since my body must have gotten used to my eating behaviour. And since I didn't do anything extreme--I eat like I always do, just in smaller portions--I was able to maintain my eating lifestyle, except that I found it very hard to maintain let alone lose more weight.
Then I decided to skip breakfast.
I know. I know. You may be the one who'd be the first to tell me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But my response to you will be, "says who?"
The thing is I don't feel hungry at all in the morning. And it's the most inconvenient meal. And I feel fine just having a good lunch and dinner.
So I did that for several months and all is good.
Then I notice my husband skipping dinner sometimes. And I must say, I sometimes get quite lazy to eat at night. I usually get home too tired and late to cook.
So I began to skip dinner once in awhile. And I feel fine.
It was only until recently that I realised that I have inadvertently started practicing intermittent fasting without knowing it. Haha.
So I read up on it and did a bit of research. I know there are proponents and opponents. But what I do is to listen to my body. If I really feel very hungry and if I feel that I must eat, I would. I don't force myself.
And since July 2017, not only have I maintained, I have lost 2.3 more kilos logging in at my lowest today.
I don't have to lose anymore. It will be ideal just to maintain it between plus one and minus one of my desired weight.
But the danger I have seen with many who successfully lose a lot of weight is that it is never enough. Once you've reached your goal, you'd set a new goal and once you reach that, you'd be greedy and want to lose even more.
We must stop somewhere.
We must admit that we look good with a little bit of fat in us. Just a little bit... you'll look much better, younger and healthier.