So far I have lost 100lbs and it has been so easy, I never once cut calories and enjoyed lots of healthy food.
I did cut down on fat, because fat is fat duh, why would make it harder for myself lol.
You're right in not wanting to pay for a gym membership, but your logic behind it is flawed. Going to the gym will not magically make you bulky, it takes months to build a decent amount of muscle, most athletic, physically fit people have trained for at least a year. Besides.. you could just stop before you got "too bulky".
Humans are naturally mobile creatures, we should be active everyday without fail. I'm glad you are now more active, it does wonders. You should definitely workout at home.
Team sports, body weight exercises, and stretching are the key to longevity, it will improve your coordination, flexibility, balance, agility, and cardiovascular fitness. These activities will also set you up for later in life since they will increase tendon strength and bone density.
I weighed more than you at my heaviest, and I could still do 8 pullups and over 30+ pushups, no one is ever more than 4 weeks away from those kind of stats, they just have to put in the work.
Since you are already active I could share some apps that i liked:
NHS couch to 5k
samsung health (samsung only probably, lol)
Losing weight does not have to be stressful. Take your time and do it the right way, it is not about numbers on the scale, It is about health and vitality. keep working hard and you will see results.
All the best!
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