Matt showing 5 weeks of weight loss progress

Belly Fat and Chronic Illness Week 5

Hey everybody. It is Matt Cavallo and I’m checking in with you on my weight loss journey. Now last week ended our medical weight loss journey. That was the first month of the program. Where we were eating certain foods and we were also having medication to help aid us to get the weight loss started. Just to recap, in week one, I started at 243 pounds by BMI and body fat percentage standards. I was obese. I had a problem area, which was belly fat. Belly fat’s a dangerous fat because it can cause all kinds of serious health problems like heart disease. Week two, I started to show some progress. Week three I reached a major milestone. Week four saw even more progress. I even shared the Skilly, or skinny Philly, a diet dish my wife and I created. You can see these videos and more on our YouTube channel.

We finished the medication. It’s been a week since I last checked in but my wife and I decided to continue. The weight loss. So I started at 243 pounds in 30 days, I got down to 215 pounds. And that was still about 20 pounds away from my goal weight. And you know, my wife and I just kept talking about how good we were feeling by eating clean by not having processed foods by not having carbohydrates, sugars, or starches.

We were really starting to, in addition to the weight loss, we were just really starting to feel better. So we wanted to keep it going. We, we added back some healthy fats, like avocados and nuts and that kind of stuff. Some hummus, but we’re still not eating carbs or sugars or starches. So without further ado, let’s see how I did with one week off of the medication and just eating clean.

210.2 pounds. Wow. So lost another five pounds. And now I’m medication-free I really got that jumpstart I wanted. Cause you know, really what was happening was I felt like I was in a rut. I felt like I got to a place where I wasn’t feeling great and my weight ballooned to a point it had never been. And I just felt like I couldn’t sustain.

I couldn’t, I couldn’t do anything to change that. So participating in a program that was monitored by a doctor and had a little bit of a boost to start made a huge difference. But what happened along the way was. We started to build some great habits. We started to feel good and we knew that feeling good, had to do with eliminating certain things from our diet.

So I’ve been in this shirt every time we’ve weighed in. And you see, my stomach is really getting flat. Like I am not sucking this in at all. You know, my shirt fits me a lot better. And thank you to some of you on social media, who’ve been commenting on my shirt. So, this is my dog Barry, and this is Jasper.

I have two Havanese twin puppies. So you know, I like showing them off whenever I can, even if it’s on a t-shirt. And now, thankfully, my shirt finally is starting to fit me better and all my clothes are fitting me better. And I feel great. I feel like when I look in the mirror, it’s the person that I used to know.

You know, I really feel like I’ve lost a lot of weight around my face and I’m seeing really a lot of definition in my face and I’m feeling, and I’m looking younger. And so that has been what it’s meant to me. You know, it was a lot of sacrifices. It was a hard journey to get going. And I missed all of the foods I knew and loved, but I had a goal of being able to.

I just feel more comfortable in my own skin. You know, I had a lot of health problems that were happening as a result of my weight, the acid reflux, the hip bursitis you know, a lot of weakness in my right side. So I was walking with a limp. Now, all of that stuff is starting to subside. I haven’t needed my acid reflux medicine in a couple of weeks.

You know, I’m sleeping through the night without pain. And my limp scan is a little bit better. But I’m going to be starting a fitness program with a physical trainer. I can’t wait to bring you guys that footage. That’s going to be definitely interesting. You get a tune in for that, and I’m going to keep checking in because you know, I’ve still got another 15 pounds to go.

And then I just want to show you that by sticking to something, but by making a plan, sticking to it. And you know, following through with it, you can achieve your goals. I am not one with strong willpower. I am not somebody whoever would have thought would be able to talk about losing weight. And I did it and if I could do it, you can too.

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