Katie "Didn't Follow a Specific Diet" and Still Lost 40 Pounds — Here's How

by Gina Florio

Katie Gallagher's weight-loss story doesn't have any big twists or turns. She didn't follow a diet fad or jump on board with a popular workout regimen. She simply put the time and effort into cleaning up her diet and revamping her fitness plan — all on her own. Here's how she got her health on track and lost a total of 40 pounds.

"I achieved my results from doing both cardiovascular and weighted exercises consistently and eating healthy foods consistently," she told POPSUGAR. "Consistency is key to seeing results." Katie had been through her fair share of "temporary fad diets and failed attempts of getting in shape." In 2015 she'd had enough. She was going through a breakup and was moving across the country for a new job, so she "saw it as the perfect opportunity to finally do what I had always wanted to do."

She started with what she was eating every day. "I did not follow a specific diet or really even count calories," Katie said. "I cut out the processed food, the sugary drinks, and started actually setting foot in the vegetable section of the grocery store." Sounds simple enough, but those small changes made all the difference in the world.

"I ate a lot of chicken, fish, and eggs — anything that was high in protein," she continued. "I had to drastically reduce, but not eliminate, the amount of carbs I had been regularly consuming. I switched to foods like sweet potato, quinoa, and brown rice for my carb sources." Rather than using a measuring cup or scale to count every gram of food she was eating, "I literally guessed on portion sizes, put together balanced meals for myself, and destroyed my workouts in the gym every single day."

No 2 fitness journeys are the same - there’s no cookie cutter solution for everyone to achieve their fitness goals. You honestly just have to get out there are try to new things in order to know what works for your body, so let go of your comfort zones if you want to see change. It’s full of good days and bad days, but what matters is that you just keep going despite whatever craziness you have going on in your life. You only lose if you stop trying. But you’ve also got to learn to love the process or you won’t ever be happy. Lift weights, eat vegetables, but also eat pizza and cookies. Life’s too short to be fit and sad ✌🏼💪🏼👊🏼 #transformationtuesday #weightloss #fitfam #health #fit #gym #fitspo #fitlife #fitspiration #fitnessjourney #fitnessgirl #fitnessgoals #fitstagram #fitnation #fitnessmotivation #losingweight #workout #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlossgoals #girlswholift #train #cardio #eatclean #fitbody #getfit #bodybuilding #motivation

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Speaking of her workouts, Katie didn't waste an exorbitant amount of money to hire a personal trainer or join an expensive gym. "I mostly researched the internet for new workouts to try," she explained. "I followed a ton of fitness accounts on Instagram for ideas, because I was so eager to try anything new to challenge my body. I saw what kinds of things these fitness people were doing in the gym, so I figured if I did their workouts too, my body was bound to change." Her body did indeed change.

Katie used to go to the gym and just work out her whole body, but she found much better results from scheduling her strength-training workouts in a different way. One day she'll work on back and biceps, another day she'll do shoulder and triceps, the next she'll do chest and abs, and legs are a separate session as well.

"I finish each workout with 15 minutes or more of some type of cardio, like walking uphill on the treadmill, sprints, cycling, or the StairMaster," she said. "I really never stick to just one type of workout or routine. If you do, you are more likely to hit plateaus with your progress."

BACK THEN: lots of cardio exercise, consuming a lot of beer and processed food, not looking at nutrition labels, not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep, and lastly, not believing in myself. NOW: lifting heavy weights 5-6 days a week plus cardio, still eating a lot of food but NUTRITIONAL food with a lot of protein, healthy fats, and carbs, drinks a gallon of water a day, sometimes still doesn't get enough sleep (🤷🏻‍♀️🙈😂), but lives with the mindset that I can achieve ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's not about depriving myself of fun, or eating as dainty as possible. The secret is that there is no secret...it's about living a balanced lifestyle where you learn to love the process of working hard and being patient enough to keep doing it long enough to reap the benefits that are the results of this kind of lifestyle. When people ask me what I did to lose the weight it's like the answer I give isn't satisfying or what they want to hear. Why? Because it IS hard, and painful, and uncomfortable, but those are exactly the kinds of situations that allow you to blossom into that person you are so badly wanting to become yet haven't allowed yourself to. Trust me the excuses will always be there. Train your mind to not give in to them and you will go oh so far 🙏🏼🙌🏼👊🏼 #mondaymotivation #motivation #ifyoucandreamityoucandoit #weightloss #fitfam #health #fit #gym #fitspo #fitlife #fitspiration #fitnessjourney #fitnessgirl #fitnessgoals #fitstagram #fitnation #fitnessmotivation #losingweight #workout #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #weightlossgoals #girlswholift #train #cardio #sweat #healthy #bodybuilding #transformation #transformationtuesday

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Having been through such a transformation herself, Katie has a lot of advice for women who are looking to turn their lives around. "If your mind is only focused on immediate satisfaction for results, you are already setting yourself up for failure," she said. "It's the little things you do each day that eventually add up over time and bring you exactly what you worked for."

Katie admitted that it was a challenge to adopt this new lifestyle. She "couldn't just carelessly go out to eat all the time and order whatever sounded tasty," and there were even some friends who stopped inviting her to hang out altogether. But her true friends stood by her side and helped her reach her goals.

"You shouldn't wait until you're ready, because I truly believe there is never one moment in time where you feel that kind of readiness," she advised. "You honestly just have to dive into it fearlessly and wholeheartedly." She says when your desire to change is strong enough, you'll do whatever it takes to reach your goals, no matter how hard it may be along the way and how unmotivated you may feel at times.

Finally, Katie wants others to know that she didn't deprive herself of the foods she loved most. "I did not give up any of my favorite foods indefinitely, and that's not what I'm saying that anyone should do," she said. "I still eat pizza and macaroni and cheese, because what is the point of working so hard if you aren't happy?" Amen to that!

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