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Last 12 months I was 178 kilos, and as of in the present day I’ve misplaced 20 of them. I wished to share my weight loss story, what I’m doing, why I determined to lose weight, and likewise the way it was that I gained a lot to start with. Hopefully you discover it useful 😀

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  1. Brianne Kiso

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Re watching this. Love you Martina. ♥️🦄🧬🍤💕

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  2. Dr. Phil

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I was like 175-180 and I'm only 5'4. Since school started, I have lost 20 pounds. I think it's a combination of being at school and snacking less and being vegetarian. 🙂

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  3. Earl Greyyy

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I wonder where Martina gets her cute dresses?

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  4. Mango Chick

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Martina a Kitchen Aid spiralers are great to make your food look more interesting and makes it look yummier

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  5. Mango Chick

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I would buy a cookbook with your art Martina just to support you guys I have watched you guys for a long time nows since Korea

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  6. robadr1

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I know it's not for everyone, but I've found the concept of intermittent fasting really useful in weight control. I have a big supper, and even a late snack, and then don't eat the next day. What I do is drink water – lots of it, and warm water, never cold – sometimes every 10 or 15 minutes when I'm feeling particularly hungry (which isn't constantly). Surprisingly, warm/hot water is quite satisfying and soothing. I choose a day when I don't have to go out and run around a lot, but I try to do normal errands. Sometimes I eat a light supper the next day (veg & fruit), sometimes I last through the night to the following morning. It seems to lose me a few pounds, despite all the water intake, but the best thing about it is that it seems to reset my body & food cravings – it makes 'not eating' feel ok, and my body just feels lighter and better. Sometimes the day after a fast I don't feel the need to eat that much either. 

    I find that if I do some sort of fast for a day every few weeks it goes a long way to avoid weight gain, and even lose a few. Calorie counting though is pretty much essential for real weight loss. I have a list of maybe 6 or 8 meals that I like, for which I know the exact calories, and I just stick to it for a while. I find that if I'm honest about calorie intake and activity schedule (I use https://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html to determine my 'maintenance' calorie intake.), the weight comes off pretty much exactly as it should.

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  7. Tyr

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Thank you, I really needed this encouragement today! You are amazing!

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  8. Banana Berry

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    if i crave creamy pasta
    i make a one pot pasta and cook it in milk instead of water
    once it's cooked it is so creamy and delicious and much lower in calories

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  9. Brittany S

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    For some reason I always thought you were short ;D love these videos and yours about pain. Encouraging

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  10. Aliza Hausman

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I've lost about 60 lbs with EDS without exercise because of diet and watching what I eat! I don't love food the way you do so that makes things easier for me.

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  11. Erinn Streeter

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I sometimes describe my body as 'metabolically disadvantaged,' especially in those moments when people ask me why I don't eat certain things. Recently, it occurred to me that it's truly the opposite of that – in a sense, I'm metabolically efficient, because I store calories as fat better than other bodies, which would be an asset in starvation situations. Thousands of years of evolution produced my genetics, so I'm like, an X-Man. Code name: Adipose.

    But seriously – stay the course. The benefits are worth the effort. 8 months ago, my inflammation was out of control, and almost a decade of unceasing back pain was eroding my sanity. Today, I have increased mobility and I'm off all pain meds. My "one weird trick" was to switch to a very low carb diet – calorie counting worked to help me lose weight, but quitting foods that turn into glucose fixed my inflammation issue and resolved my pain.

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  12. Khirsah -

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Love you martina! And Thanks!

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  13. Tamara

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I'm so glad you shared this (I'm not sure if you will read this comment since it is and older video). For me with EDS I am more to the underweight side of the scales but still watch what I eat since I know that if I gain much more weight I will have much more pain and problems and as you said the gym and exercise is not really an option (If I don't watch the food intake you'll see I won't fit in my wheelchair I have for bad days; don't know if I'll laugh of cry at that point) And everybody always says no you just have to gain weight so take an extra slice of cake. And totally not thinking about the consequences for the EDS in the long run. I hope that people watching this and that are not familiar with EDS see that it is not just for your looks but also in a different way for us for our health. And indeed this does not mean you have to skip everything you like. Indeed simply watching calories is a great idea and in Japan it is much more easy since on so many foods in the supermarket or convenient store they give you the calories and you don't need to calculate yourself. Smaller portions really works for me (especially in Japan since I love the snacks there).
    Love your cane btw. I still have a boring black one (and have kind of a hate-hate relationship with it, still working on that) maybe I should look for a more happy one too.

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  14. Ashley Lala

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    GIRL! I SO RELATE!! I have Lyme disease and a slew of other health problems and I need to keep my weight under 110 or my knee pain starts getting significantly worse. I also have this symptom where I feel heavy like I have weights tied around my legs so physically weighing less does help me to feel lighter and get around a lot better. I’ve found that only eating one meal a day (OMAD) or two meals seems to take care of the problem. I also try to avoid grains when my pain is real bad cuz they make me more inflamed. I really don’t like it when people try to tell me that I’m too thin and I need to gain weight, they just don’t get it that this isn’t about looks or vanity, it’s about functionality and quality of life. Thank you for your videos, they help me a lot! 💞

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  15. Sheepicus Bahimus

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hey I like carrots what’s wrong with carrots

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  16. LB

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    You are a beautiful person, Martina. Inside and out.

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  17. Iris Ip

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I love the way how you deal with haters' comments! XD

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  18. Quasimodo

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I tried to do a TDEE test and my was way higher than yours even though I'm smaller and weigh less, how is this possible?

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  19. Tiana Birmingham

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I had a feeling that you're EDMS had gotten worse recently and that you were feeling down about it.

    Last year I was experiencing weird numbness in my arms that went on for months with no improvement, and then I started having numbness in my legs along with stumbling. I would tell my body, "lets walk over here" and then one of my legs would forget it was supposed to be walking and not move when I told it to. The first MRI showed there was damage to my myelin sheath and the most common diagnosis for that is Multiple Sclerosis.

    The first doctor I saw explained it in a bad way saying that lots of people wind up in wheel chairs within 20 years and I spiralled for a bit. I can really relate to you when you say you got depressed about not being able to do certain things anymore, and that ever present worry about when the next set back will get you and what you will lose. Like you though, my partner was a big strength for me, and when I told him I could wind up in a wheel chair he just said "okay, well we can always get a sex swing!"

    Luckily for me more tests ruled out the more common and more debilitating autoimmune diseases that affect the myelin sheath, but it's still going to be a life long issue for me, and a bad enough attack could put me in a wheel chair. But I like to imagine that what I have is so mild I won't have to worry about a wheel chair.

    Thanks for being such a positive role model Martina for hidden diseases!

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  20. Shahad

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I‘m still at the beginning of the video.. but I just want to say Martina is so cute 💕

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  21. Emma S

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for the wonderful tips! Im definitely going to try them ^_^

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  22. Hakuna Matata

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    What macaroni are you eating that's 390 calories for a cup?! Most brands are like ~200 calories per cup

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  23. K. Dickson

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I find this video sooo relatable 💜

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  24. K. Dickson

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hey Martina, when did you decide that is was time to start using a cane? I’ve been struggling with this a few years now

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  25. Menina Milenia

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Salads are fucking delicious! I had a falafel salad that was one of the best meals ever.

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  26. Jenny Ice

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Martina and Simon we love you ^_^ jenna marbles look alike seriously! We are going to come to Japan Okinawa and Kyoto next year during the summer due to my bf's father's death and he lived there wants to send us there in his will. My bf also has a major chronic pain condition. We are artsy musicians and intellectuals. Would you possibly like to hang out with my boyfriend and I fans to get food or drinks? We would love to hang out for a fun double date or fan video or something!

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  27. Maliis

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I like salad but I can't eat it everyday. I would get bored. I recently got a Vitamix and it has helped me consume more fruits and veggies. Especially kale which I find bitter if I chew it by itself. Whole Food smoothies are great to get in those micronutrients and hide stuff you wouldn't excitedly eat. Plus instead of it being just a juice I still get those pulp fibres that get lost in juicing.

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  28. Sherio88

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Russell Brand taught me not to perscribe a moral value to food. Food isn't "good" or "bad" for you… it's either nutritionally dense or not. This helps me to try and find nutritionally dense food that doesn't feel like a punishment.

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  29. fatimah z

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hi Martina. I just watched most of your videos this month. I love you guys and how honest you guys described the food. Esp on this video on zucchini noodles. Thanks for sharing your weight loss secret. I did calories counting b4 and i find it exhausting, but hearing how you substitute stuffs makes me realize it wasn't that bad..i REALLY love rice so I'm gonna try your tricks. Hehe

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  30. babybluedolphin

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I'm glad you are feeling better! I've found another youtuber who also makes me happy and are inspirational- mama bee just started her inspirational channel. She is from the Eh Bee family who does heart warming family comedy videos. I watch them when I need some boost in my day. I hope you'll find it bring you smiles to you day 🙂 @ehbeefamily @mamabee

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  31. blade runnsss

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Have you ever thought about the Carnivore diet? Google Mikaela Peterson, who is daughter of Jordan Peterson. She cured autoimmune disease which was crippling her with Diet.

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  32. sebastion lynn

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Martina your so cute. 💜💜💜

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  33. huggledemon32

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I resonate with this soooo much!- I'm heavily overweight with multiple health issues (some I was born with, some that developed later in life) I actually have to use a strong painkiller patch to be able to walk at all. My mobility has decreased severely over the past few years. Exercise is basically impossible for me at this point: I trip over air and my own feet these days! 🙄

    Thanks for this video Martina!😘👍🏻

    Ps: not so much subbing out, but I bolster my things like pasta sauce with "hidden veges" so I'll put cauliflower rice instead of all mince in it, or grate carrots and zuchinni into as well- they tend to melt into the sauce and are not so obvious so I don't. Price when I'm eating it. Or I'll put extra veges in my apricot chicken too (might be an Aussie only dish so sorry if that example doesn't sound as familiar to non Aussies!, but you're missing out trust me! )

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  34. Lynn Hathaway

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    You look so amazing!

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  35. Melissa Laterza

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for posting! Totally get the older people passing you up in the pool. 😑 Great job losing weight!

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  36. misspicmovie

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I knew I shouldn't watch this and yet I did… I love you but I feel like weightloss is already forced down our throats and I feel a bit sad knowing you're willing to contribute to this.

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  37. Alex Mint

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    My condition isn't quite as severe as yours(I still can't run or jump except in emergencies though), but I'm glad others are making material to help people with issues to get healthier.

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  38. Rachel Taylor Beauty

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Yes Martina and Simon with that RuPaul reference!!! YYYAAASSSSSSSS !!!!

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  39. Little Femme

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Coming back to this video because one of my goals is to start losing weight and tone my body. I started making my own meals this summer but got away from it because of university, but I'm planning on starting up on it again after I recover from having Mono. It's really encouraging seeing how gradual changes help. So many people want to lose weight overnight, but it really doesn't work that way and it's unhealthy. I'm vegetarian now but am planning for a whole food plant based diet next year. I've been stockpiling a bunch of recipes that I miss to make them vegan. In a weird way it's gotten me more excited about cooking/baking.

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  40. waymire01

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    You may have some success with that when you're younger …but you get to a point where your metabolism slows down so much that order to get below your daily expenditure you have to get down to starvation levels… and it sucks it's a terrible way to live. take my word for it, l did it. I started looking into what you eat not how much. figure out how your body runs the most efficiently. I went paleo four years ago and it changed my freaking life. I can eat anything I want as long as I eat the right things. I had more muscle , more energy , strength , and burned more calories. I'm seldom ever hungry… I eat one large meal a day and then maybe a little snack before bed… and I'm not hungry, I'm cool because you're eating solid food packed full of nutrition. fat , protein, things that take forever to break down. I also no longer crave carbohydrates …unless I cheat and eat some … they like poison to me the more I eat the more I want , I'm like an addict trying to get a fix it's all I think about . I also am no longer hypoglycemic which I was my entire life to the point where I used to pass out during my pregnancies randomly, I couldn't even drive a car. some people do really well by going vegetarian …some people do really well by going keto …the one thing that doesn't seem to work very well for just about everyone is the standard diet where you eat everything.

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  41. Issac Young

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I've been watching your videos for a while (first because of the "how to make miso soup video" I think?) but never commented because I never felt a need to. Now, I've been on testosterone for a year+ now and because of it my cholesterol has gotten so bad that my doctor has prescribed pills for it. I know taking medicine is not bad for me and I just need a little help to stay healthy, but I also know that my college student diet is not helping whatsoever. I've been putting off watching this video because I didn't want to confront how I was kind of sabotaging myself by not eating better or taking better care to watch what I eat, so I wanted to say thank you, and to kind of put this out there as a push to actually start trying to eat better and watch my weight. I always think about how you, Martina, help me think about building my ladder whenever I start to feel down about certain things I have to do for my health (actually taking the testosterone and now for my heart health), so I wanted to say thank you and let you know how important it is that you both continue to build ladders and talk about them, because I know I would not be so kind to myself without the help of your videos. Thank you Simon and Martina!

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  42. lalala like this

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Damnn its a really serious dissease, honestly i dont follow you guise the way i used to, but its awesome to see you doing all kind of stuff, happy videos….even though you're in that kind of pain. If you get to read this dont stop doing videos if thats whats makes you happy cuz im sure everyone here love it as well and will keep enjoying it even if your life changes

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  43. Stef In Canada

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    it's true. this is the way.

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  44. kira

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    this video honestly made me tear up a little bit just hearing how positive martina was about everything, i relate so much. i personally am dealing with health issues due to having extra weight (obvs not as severe as EDS) and it has been difficult for me to kick start my own weightloss journey as a fellow foodie and emotional eater. it's really inspiring to hear martina perservere and it makes me want to do better too for my own health and well-being!!

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  45. Elly Cosmo

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Diets that are based on calculating calories are effective for some time , but eventually body will stop losing weight and you will have to low your calorie intake even more. This is actually a trap. The main key to lose weight lies in fasting , I know sounds scary ! I was skeptical at first too, but it's very important to give your body a break from food . Right now I am using the 16/8 method of intermittent fasting . I can talk about it forever … The main thing is that I haven't felt better my entire life. You should check out studies about intermittent fasting I think it might help you . By the way , Martina you rock! Appreciate you very much .

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  46. Taylour Mikell

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hey Martina! I’m currently studying abroad in Nagoya Japan and I’ve noticed that since my arrival in August I’ve already lost 20lb. without any diet change, and I was just looking for ways to change by diet to obtain additional weight loss and stubbled upon your video! I have been having some Gastrointestinal problems in the states before I came here that have already improved so much just from eating the foods that Japan has to offer. Even with eating out and eating icecream everyday here I’ve lost a considerable amount for 2 months. I am so inspired by your weight loss journey and I hope your pain can gradually lessen! I love you and your videos! Keep up the good work~

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  47. Gloria Knight

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I feel you.

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  48. Rose

    June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I love how you promote that you are losing weight to be the best version of yourself and you are not doing it for anyone else.

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