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Has anyone successfully lost weight while being a lawyer? I want to be healthier but it feels like life just won’t let me.

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Serving size is key. I exercise an okay amount, but didn’t really start shedding consistent weight (and keeping it off) until I was intentional about portion control

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This is the only way

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I gained a ton of weight during Covid (like 30 lbs), which was my first year as a licensed lawyer. I started losing the weight once I decided to come in every day rather than WFH. I’ve lost about 15 pounds in 3 months. Honestly having to put real clothes on every day made me care a little bit more, but I think the major change was just establishing a more consistent routine and work life balance since I leave work at work now and focus on health at home

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Yeah that’s about where I’m at. This is encouraging, thanks.

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I bought a peloton after gaining 20-30 pounds during covid. Working out alone won’t fix a bad diet, but I’ve found that working out (and having easy access to working out) makes me eat healthier and be overall more conscious of my eating habits. Also, stop with the stretchy clothes during the day. It’s crazy how much quicker you catch yourself gaining weight when you wear jeans regularly…

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Try a mostly plant based diet - lots of filling fiber, fewer calorie dense foods, less sugar and alcohol. And a little bit of exercise almost every day - you can do it!

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Yes. I gained 30+ lbs during my first few years, then lost all of it during COVID. It’s not about exercise or even about what you eat. It’s about how much you eat.

Don’t immediately try to go on a diet diet. Slowly start reducing your portion sizes. That’s how you make a change that sticks.

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I lost 12 lbs since Feb.

I only eat when I am hungry and I don’t stuff my face until I’m “full”. I have found that I eat way less when I follow these cues instead of forcing 3 large meals a day and finishing the plate regardless of whether I was “stuffed”

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Honestly overeating was the most important - I caught myself when coming home from the office in the evening. Weight has balanced out to my normal level now that I'm controlling portions.

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I lost 35 lbs from cutting down on drinking. No joke. I eat and exercise the same amount and only change was cutting out drinks from 3-4 a day to 1-2 a week

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Food intake is everything. Don’t look it at as a short goal, look at it as a long-term lifestyle change. I have an online trainer (they are way more affordable than you think and all through an app) - takes the guessing game and/or the mental strain from thinking about what your workout is after or before work. I do 5 workouts a week but when I first started only did 3. You just have to find what works for you.

I also count macros; it’s not for everyone but after a while you just know what they are. Maybe use a Cronometers and just track your food for a week and see what you eat or how much you eat. Most of the time, if you are exercising, you are under eating to see progress - it’s a weird concept to grasp at first

Lastly don’t underestimate the power of walking!! Us attorneys suck at getting up from our desks, but it is so important.

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Yes. I frequently do not have time to grab lunch 😅

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This was going to be my comment as well. So busy and anxious I barely make time for coffee. Lost 15lb on accident. Best response I received as a result of the rapid weight-loss was from a coworker who asked if I was ok. Thin does not necessarily mean healthy.

For my wedding I counted calories and exercised. Worked with an online trainer/coach. I still WFH which was a big change from pre covid when I walked to and from everyday. Just have to me more conscious about getting steps / movement in generally.

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I️ lost 60 pounds in the last year and a half and for me it was being more intentional about not eating the work snacks, pre-planning my meals for the week and cooking on Sundays, and just getting up from my desk and walking around more often than I️ was. My next step is regularly getting a gym routine back but losing a lot of weight just takes time, patience, and consistency.

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I lost 30 pounds 3L year because I had the time, gained 60 over my first two years wfh with COVID, and now have lost 40 pounds since January. The trick is to track your food intake. You can lose a lot of weight by controlling what you put in your body with only working out 2 times a week.

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I lost 180 pounds 3L to bar. Just get 80% if your stomach cut out.

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I'm down ~25 pounds in the last 3 months, thanks to a keto meal delivery service for most meals (combination of keto and portion control) and some mild exercise. I don't have the energy to cook or meal prep so having the delivery service has been a game-changer.

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Fresh n Lean. I don’t love all the meals but some of that is probably just that I don’t love keto itself and some of it may just be a function of mailed prepared meals. But I do love the results.

Lost 15 pounds doing HIIT circuits at home, kept it off with intermittent workouts and trying to eat healthy

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Yes. Weight watchers really worked.

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Biglaw made me okay with ordering sweetgreen consistently

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I lost 70+lb L and 2l of law school. Granted that was 2005-06. I’ve fluctuated since then. Now I’m an age group triathlete so you would think I’d be tail thin. I’m not

I lost almost 80 lbs and have since gained it all back. Covid, personal illness, and second kid killed my routines. But I'm reengaging with it now. The second kid really changed up my life. I used to be out of the gym and to work around 7. Now I can't leave my wife with both kids to get them out of the door every day

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