So here is something I've not talked much on my blog, but if you follow me on other sites you will know of. I have lost 40 lbs roughly since last November/December. It's a big accomplishment for me since it's something I've wanted to do for the last few years but wasn't motivated enough to do it. I gained a lot of weight due to stress and being extremely lazy my last year of high school and my first two years of college. I wasn't healthy, nor cared if I wasn't.
I'll admit, I didn't lose my weight for a good reason, nor really for myself. I liked a boy at the time I started questioning if I should, and we had a big fight and ended up not talking for a few months....but I wanted to better myself and look good. So I decided to drop as much weight as I felt I needed to. By no means do I recommend losing weight for my reasons, but I will say I don't regret any minute of it.
I first started going vegetarian to lose weight. I was eating too much meat compared to anything else and needed to throw more vegetables in my diet and was very aware of it. At this time I didn't eat hamburger, pork, anything. I just occassionally ate meat on pizza and only ate chicken. I haven't been really into eating meat for about 2 years now, but I did eat it everyday. So I decided to go cold turkey and completely cut it out of my diet. My family wasn't supportive what-so-ever about it and just kept trying to make me eat meat and made a big deal about it. I kept with it and just never caved to it, because I was doing it for myself and nobody else. The thing about going vegetarian in my family is that it forces me to cook for myself. It makes it so I have to make a small portioned meal, and have a choice to either eat healthy or unhealthy depending on myself. And if I am going to take 10 minutes making something unhealthy I can make something healthy in that time too.
I also cut down on my portion sizes and made sure I drank more water. I don't eat much everyday because I don't exercise nor really move around a lot. I typically eat 5 times a day but in super small portions throughout the day. A great thing about this is that I don't bloat as bad either, and just don't feel icky after eating like I used to. It also allows me to only eat when I am hungry, and not stick to the typical "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" schedule. I also make sure I drink a lot of water during the day. I keep a glass of water next to me or a water bottle if Im out and about. Even if I decide to have soda, I will have a glass of water next to me because chances are I will reach for the water out of habit faster than the soda.
To me losing weight is about making it a lifestyle. There's no reason you should have to starve yourself to be 'healthy'. Losing weight should be wanting to improve your health, and when you crash diet or starve yourself you are doing the opposite. I've been there with the crash diets and making sure I don't eat a lot so I don't get fat, but it's never worth it. At one point you cave and start eating a ton and you gain all the weight back. Its better to change your lifestyle than to do crash diets.
My two cents at least :)