Healthy weight, healthy life

If you thought weight loss is all about aesthetics, you might want to think again after this. Research shows that one of the major causes of hypertension and type II diabetes is excess weight. This rarely crosses most of our minds as we gorge ourselves on the fatty, salty and sugary foods that we simply cannot get enough of. Putting on a few kilos here and there seems harmless, until it’s not. Nancy knows this all too well.

Over a period of time, Nancy put on quite a bit of extra weight which she struggled to get rid of. All the weight loss plans she tried, simply did not work. After receiving some difficult news from her doctors, she knew something had to be done. Here’s her story.


Sharon’s Success Story

It is often difficult, if not impossible, to truly understand someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Perhaps this is why other people’s stories of triumph are as inspiring as they are, especially when you are fighting similar battles. If you have ever struggled with your weight, you know just how frustrating it can be. Sharon is one young lady who understands weight loss struggles all too well. She shares her journey in a few words.

“I have been struggling with my weight since high school. I went on all sorts of diet and exercise programs trying to lose the weight and keep it off, all in vain. At the very most, I would lose about 5-10 kg, but I would gain all of it back before I had a chance to even enjoy it.

My wake-up call came when my mum died. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I have a genetic predisposition to obesity and its complications. My doctor told me that the only option I had to avoid a similar, tragic fate was to lose the weight.

I always knew that medical weight loss procedures were only done overseas, so I was very surprised to learn that there are doctors here in Kenya who perform these surgeries. Given how unsuccessful I was trying to lose weight using other conventional methods, I felt that this was the best way for me to go. After consultation with the doctor, I chose to have the gastric sleeve.

In 3-4 weeks after surgery, I was able to have light meals, mashed potatoes at the very most. A while after that, I was able to have ugali (corn meal dish) and even nyama choma (roast meat).

My weight loss has boosted my confidence, self-esteem and it has improved my social life. Shopping for clothes has become a much more pleasant experience. It’s great to be able to go out and get trendy outfits that actually fit me. Of course, I’ve noticed several health benefits as well. I walk comfortably without getting tired, I can go up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, and I get to play with my son a lot more than I would before, all thanks to Holistic Living.


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Mercedes’ weight loss journey

As we approach the end of the year, I doubt many of us are thinking about the New Year’s resolutions we made seemingly not too long ago. Losing weight has got to be in the top 5 resolutions people make when the year is new and full of possibilities. Some even go as far as selecting a weight loss program and promising to stick to it. Regardless of what your resolution was, at this point you may be reflecting upon how much you’ve gained these past 10 months, or if weight was your main concern, how much you’ve lost. 

My weight loss journey has been much longer than a year. In fact, it’s been a part of most of my life. If only to encourage one person who’s been in my shoes, I feel obligated to share a few things I’ve learnt along the way.

Take it one day at a time. I often felt overwhelmed by the pressure to lose weight by any means necessary. I needed to burn fat fast. It was until I decided to focus on each day that I was living that my attitude started to change. As much as weight loss may be central to your health and well-being, being anxious and depressed about it will only make the journey harder. As you work hard to reach your weight goals, be patient with yourself as well. Enjoy life!

Get a partner. My niece once came to me because she wanted to lose weight for her prom and thought I could give her some weight loss tips. I told her what to do, but wasn’t doing it myself. I knew that most of her weight issues were because of the eating habits I passed on to her as a child. I didn’t want her to wait until she was 36 to deal with it. So, we started boot camp together!

Be kind to yourself, you’re doing the best you can. Every day you will battle how you look in the mirror. You start to let the scale define you. Every meal becomes a challenge. Will you gain weight when you’re trying to lose it? Yes. Will you have moments where you eat food that isn’t the best for you? Yes. Will there be times when you feel like you’re doing everything right but still aren’t achieving your goals? Yes. You must love yourself, trust your support network and trust your weight loss program.

Never give up. This has been said countless times, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Keeping up with your motivation for weight loss can get tough and there will be bumps along the way. You will hit plateaus and this can be discouraging. Despite all the challenges I’ve had with weight loss, my mother always said that the best thing I did was that I never gave up. She constantly reminded me how far I had already come, and this kept me going.

You deserve a better, healthier life. I’ve had my ups and downs with anxiety and depression due to the extra weight. I’d lose some weight and then gain it back. What changed this pattern was figuring out that I deserved better. I deserved a life, a family, love, everything I had always hoped and dreamed of growing up.