Petite weight loss stories: 40lb / 18kg lost
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Petite weight loss stories: 40lb / 18kg lost

Petite weight loss is unique as our bodies naturally require fewer calories compared to our taller friends, which can make weight loss for petites a challenge. But that’s not to say that it can’t be done. Of course it can! In this series, “Petite Weight Loss Real Stories”, I’m going to share real life experiences of other petites that have lost their weight. You can do it too!

Losing weight as a petite is much more challenging that our taller friends realise.

Our Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) is much, much lower due to our small stature. And that makes it hard. When I reach my goal weight of 112lb / 51kg, the calories that I will need to maintain that weight is a measly 1300 per day. 1300! The good news is, a small amount of weight loss is very recognisable on our small frames!

The stats

Height: 5’0
Starting weight: 140lb / 64kg
Current weight: 100lb / 45kg
Weight loss: 40lb / 18kg
Time taken: 3 years
Method: CICO

The story

Reddit user u/IntelligentAnt4804 completely changed her body by following a combination of CICO and HIIT training (mostly boxing and trail running).

YOUR WAIST! Amazing work!

Thanks! Guess it was all sitting right there in the middle 😂

I’m 5ft and 143lbs. You are such an inspiration right now!

It’s crazy how what seems like a small amount of weight makes such a big difference on a short frame. I never though I could look like this, so if I can do it, anyone can. You’ve got this!!

Were you in a cut for three years?? Trying to decide how long i should stay at maintenance for!

It was definitely a very lazy cut haha. I cut down to 110 pretty fast, within about 9 months, but then cycled between like 105-115 for a loooong time staying at maintenance & falling off the wagon haha. I’m still trying to figure out the right maintenance level now!

You look fantastic! Love the arm definition

Thank you!! I feel like arms are an area of weakness for me, so appreciate that so much!

Wow this is so amazing!! Congratulations! May I ask how your diet was?

Thank you! I try to eat between 1200-1400, sometimes I dip a little below if I have a period of inactivity. I mostly eat a whole foods, vegetarian Mediterranean diet – lots of beans, greens, roasted veggies, hummus & all the other great Mediterranean dips, olives, pita, tofu, healthy cheeses like feta & kefir, etc. I can’t overstate though how much adding in exercise helped me create a deficit I could maintain at this height.

That’s amazing. Do you know how many calories you ordinarily burn when eating 1200-1400? Do you always try and eat less?

I loosely estimated my exercise calories on MFP, but I kind of viewed any exercise burn as a bonus way to add some wiggle room with preciseness in tracking food calories. When I got <110 my TDEE was only like 1400-1500, and I knew I didn’t have the discipline to accurately track a 200-cal deficit to lose weight. Like, one little snack or extra oil in cooking can ruin that small of a margin! So I knew I if I stayed active every day, too, I would either create a bigger deficit or even out any errors in tracking and still stay under maintenance. And a lot of my exercise turned into sports conditioning and a necessary tool for good mental health, so I’d be doing it anyway. Right now though I’m trying to figure out how to properly eat back exercise calories to meet fitness goals without regaining!

You look amazing! How often do you exercise if you don’t mind me asking?

Thank you! Pre-COVID, I was going to the gym 5-6x a week training boxing & BJJ. During the pandemic, I had to add in a lot more variety to not go crazy haha. I do at least 3-4x boxing workouts a week in my garage—jump roping, shadowboxing, push-ups, squats, planks, & punching the heavy bag. I also try to do short trail runs 3-4x week. I’ll also cycle in yoga sessions each night & HIIT YouTube videos 1-2x week to mix it up. Would like to work in weights but they’re at an insane pandemic markup everywhere lol. Picking up a sport really helped motivate me to start being and to stay active!

Congratulations!! I’m practically at the same starting point you were at 3 years ago so Thxs for sharing and showing it can be done. A lot of hard work ahead!

Thank you! I wanted to post this because I felt the same way, not a lot of examples of short girls losing a moderate amount of weight. You can totally do this!! Also, I was lazy for several months at a time and these results could definitely happen sooner than three whole years lol.

But your 3 yrs shows that you made it stick for the long haul and in a realistic way. I go through spurts of healthy eating/regular workouts and can lose 10 but then fall off the exercise bandwagon and gain it all back. It’s tough to make it stick!

I feel you on that – I lost & regained between 105-115 like two or three different times in this process. What always reassured me was that I knew that I now had the tools & knowledge to work through it and not let it snowball further into the original weight gain—I considered that a success and tried to go gentle on myself. And if I knew If I was falling off the exercise wagon due to travel, mental health, whatever, I’d focus just on CICO tracking. Vice versa, if I had days/weeks where I didn’t have time to closely control my nutrition by making homecooked whole food meals, I’d focus even more on exercise and getting enough sleep & water. Of course it was best when this all worked in tandem, but that definitely wasn’t realistic for me all the time!

Such amazing process! I’m still around 114-117 and I’m trying to get down to 105ish. Did you fast or intermittent fast?

I haven’t tried IF, but I did calorie count pretty closely. I did that same 115-105 cut several times in this journey. What seemed to help me break plateaus was to eat in a slight deficit (1200-1300) and change up exercising – either increasing the intensity or duration of what I was already doing or adding new variety of movement. Even just adding in a 30 min-1 hr walk every day helped my body respond with change. I’d also vary calorie levels, eating at or above maintenance for a few days every other week or so. It’s like I had to trick my body with variety. Reducing bread & wheat pasta and eating lentils & more protein also helped a lot!

Good luck!! I didn’t think this was possible but it’s completely doable!

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