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How to Lose Weight Naturally, and Keep it Off

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 8431215


After having some serious health issues in 2022 and early 2023, the message was clear to me: If I wanted to give myself a chance of being around a while longer, I needed to eat healthy and lose weight.

I used to eat 2-3 delicious cheesesteaks weekly. While I miss doing that, I would rather wear my new, better fitting clothes and feel fit and be healthy.

Now, with all the pills and weight loss injection options, I have chosen the natural route, which for me, is better long-term.

After losing 70+ pounds, and keeping it off, here is my advice:


1.  Stop saying things like, "It is so hard to lose weight".    This is an excuse, and it  really isn't hard if you want it bad enough.  Be accountable, only you control what you eat.

2.   Change your eating habits.   Stop eating big portions.  Cut down the alcohol intake.  Stay away from unhealthy carbs.

3.  Nutrition is definitely more important than exercise, for weight loss.  It all starts in the kitchen.

4.  Plan your healthy meals in advance.  Otherwise, you are doomed.   

5.  When hungry in between meals, have healthy fruits and nuts.  I love oranges, red grapes, almonds and pistachios.  Again, portion size is  important.

6.  Google "Heart healthy foods", and pick and eat your faves with each meal   This is crucial.

7.  Plan your reward meal. My goal is to have 20 very healthy meals weekly, and one reward meal.  I typically do not go crazy with the reward meal, unless I earned it.  I call it "reward" instead of "cheat" because of mindset.  If you fail  to plan, you will have more than one.  

8.  Choose health as opposed to temporary food euphoria.  For me, cheesesteaks were food euphoria.

9.  Weigh yourself daily.   Log it somewhere. 

10.  If you have not exercised in a while, slowly incorporate that in to your schedule. 

Good luck!






Posted by

Michael Elliott



Burlington, New Jersey Real Estate 

Broker / Salesperson

Fathom Realty


cell (609) 864-8164   office (888) 455-6040


Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your personal experience and advice. I lost a lot of weight during the pandemic and am trying to keep it off. 

Apr 23, 2024 07:33 AM
Michael Elliott

You got this, Roy Kelley !

Apr 23, 2024 07:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Michael - proper preparation, consistency and a positive can-do attitude/approach remain quite important.  Here's to better health for you and everyone else.  

Apr 23, 2024 07:35 AM
Michael Elliott

Michael Jacobs thanks so much!

Apr 23, 2024 07:37 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Thanks for the encouragement, I needed this today. I have been struggling to lose weight and only seen it go the wrong way for over a year. Everything I have tried in the past has not worked. But getting both knees replaced last year had hit the workout/exercise regime, now with the weather getting better I need to focus. Reducing portion size is a big one for me and one I can work on. We do eat very healthily, but wine can be cut back also. Focus, and have a plan.

Apr 23, 2024 07:43 AM
Michael Elliott

If you want a friendly voice, call me!   609-864-8164.   I have more tips!

Apr 23, 2024 07:45 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
When I want to lose weight, I remember 3 things:
1) My stomach is only as big as my fist. I don't need to eat portions any bigger than that
2) Eat ONLY when I am hungry.
3) Get some exercise every day

Apr 23, 2024 07:48 AM
Michael Elliott

  Carol Williams  great advice!

Apr 23, 2024 07:51 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I gave up meat about 15 years ago. Although I miss a good pastrami on rye with deli mustard...I would rather look the incredibly handsome way I do now.

Apr 23, 2024 08:30 AM
Michael Elliott

Hahhaha yes!

Apr 23, 2024 08:32 AM
Trish Cole
Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound NMLS#1907 - Puyallup, WA

Congratulations on your success.  The struggle is real, but you are correct in that we are in control!  It's getting to the place where it becomes a priority.  Thank you for your concise outline of your strategy.

Apr 23, 2024 09:16 AM
Michael Elliott

Thank you, Trish Cole  I didn't feel like I had much choice  :-)

Apr 23, 2024 09:17 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You nailed it, Michael, skip the excuses! Losing weight and keeping it off naturally is best but, to each their own.

Apr 23, 2024 09:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael,

You are determined to eat and feel healthier and most of all live longer! Congratulations you stopped making excuses and now walk the talk! Good for you..cheers for choosing good health!

Apr 23, 2024 10:07 AM
Michael Elliott

Thanks, Dorie Dillard Austin TX !

Apr 23, 2024 10:08 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and I do lots of door hanging in the spring and summer months and it helps me keep the weigh off.


Apr 23, 2024 10:49 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Elliott, this is excellent advice. I love how you call it a reward meal instead of a cheat meal; Mine was Ice cream and pasta. 

Apr 23, 2024 01:31 PM
Michael Elliott

Hannah Williams  pasta and most carbs hate me hahahah.  And thank you!

Apr 23, 2024 01:33 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Michael Elliott I took off several pounds a few years ago, and have been able to keep them off.  It is something I have to stay on top of ALL the time.

Apr 23, 2024 03:01 PM
Michael Elliott

Same here, George Souto !

Apr 23, 2024 04:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- congratulations on your weight loss and new healthy lifestyle. We eat about a third of what we used to eat. We eat breakfast and an early dinner. I eep fresh fruit and nuts out for us to snack on during the day. 

Apr 23, 2024 06:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Micheal awesome job in your weight control.... I have gotten rid off our scale so there is no problem stressing about the weight...:) I cook relatively speaking healthy and we drink wine with dinner and I do not mind the calories of wine... I am old and when my number is up I am ready... p.s.: we have a dog that likes being walked daily and that helps with burning calories too:)Endre

Apr 23, 2024 09:38 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such great advice and I am impressed that you were able to lose over 70 lbs, wow!  I hope that I never have 70 lbs to lose, haha.  Staying away from processed foods and sugar are also good things to do!

Apr 24, 2024 05:29 AM
Michael Elliott

Thanks, Brian England .   Sugars are rare in my diet.  I cannot remember the last processed food I ate.   Now I just need a new hip and I'll be close to perfect!!

Apr 24, 2024 05:43 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I walk at least two miles daily. I keep track on my phone app. 

My diet is a different story. I don't think I eat large portions but I do clean my plate.

Apr 27, 2024 11:05 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Lots of great advice here Michael! I've been hitting the gym 6 days a week for almost 2 years. Eating right and staying away from the sugars and getting in lots of protein.

Apr 29, 2024 09:40 AM
Michael Elliott

Awesome, Ben, ad thanks.  I bet you feel great, Ben DeHaven ?

Apr 29, 2024 09:42 AM
Ben DeHaven

Yes I do Michael! I was going to do a mens physique competition but can't get my weight to what it needs to be. 

Apr 29, 2024 09:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Michael... congratulations on that amazing weight loss! Well done! And your suggestions are spot on. 

Apr 30, 2024 01:46 PM
Michael Elliott

Thank you, Nina Hollander, Broker 

Apr 30, 2024 02:38 PM