By GMA TEAM, ABC News
(DALLAS) — A Dallas woman who lost more than 60 pounds and has kept the weight off for more than a year credits her transformation to following a low-carbohydrate diet and walking 10,000 steps a day.
Alexandra Iseghohi’s weight loss also changed the course of her life.
The 22-year-old quit her customer service job to become a full-time fitness coach. She also documents her weight-loss journey on Instagram, where she has more than 36,000 followers.
“My confidence was so low but now it’s skyrocketing,” Iseghohi told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “I literally create content every day and I love being in front of the camera.”
Iseghohi’s decision to change her lifestyle came in February 2018 when she visited a friend and got on the scale for the first time in months.
Upset by the number she saw, Iseghohi said she vowed to stop yo-yo dieting and find something she could stick with.
“It just hit home in my head,” she said. “I hated how much I talked about hating my body but didn’t do anything about it.”
Iseghohi decided to follow a low-carbohydrate diet.
Instead of eating fast foot daily, she said she started focusing on eating high-protein foods such as eggs and salmon, and vegetables like broccoli.
The key to her success, though, was meal prepping, something she said she started doing every Sunday.
“It took a huge stress away of what am I going to eat?” she said. “The fact that I always had my meal regardless of where I was going or what I was doing, it just really helped me.”
As Iseghohi changed her diet, she also upped her fitness, partnering with a neighbor to try to walk 10,000 steps a day.
“We would walk the trail at our apartment,” she said. “The first day I thought I was going to die. I felt like a car ran over me, and I checked and I was at 2,000 steps.”
Iseghohi kept at it and then eased her way into working out at a gym.
Nearly two years later, Iseghohi is a full-time fitness coach who helps other people transform themselves, too.
“What kept me going was my family and friends’ support, telling me I was looking good,” she said. “It’s just a lifestyle now.”
As someone who had been on and off diets for much of her life, Iseghohi says she has learned to focus on consistency rather than restriction.
“With restriction, you’re just leading yourself up to the next binge,” she said. “When you’re consistent, those little tweaks here and there lead up to the transformation.”
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