A few years back, before I improved my diet and started exercising, I was obese. According to my doctor’s chart, I might have been morbidly obese. I ate a lot of fast food and desserts, and I didn’t work out very much. I was also unhappy. On a friend’s recommendation, I began to read about Buddhism. This convinced me to ease up on harming sentient beings. I went vegetarian.
Without making any other lifestyle changes, I started losing weight. That alone did wonders for my mood. That is until I started worrying about the constitution of my new diet. All the vogue diets like Atkins and South Beach seemed to emphasize proteins in favor of carbohydrates. I was consuming a lot of carbohydrates, and because I was new to the game and hadn’t yet developed a taste for tofu, my protein intake was quite low. I decided that in order to keep things from going pear-shaped, I’d have to supplement my veggie ways with some exercise.
I’ve never been terribly athletic, so gyms intimidated me. Fortunately, I ended up at Koko Fitclub, which, for a sad, inexperienced sot like myself, was a revelation. Koko styles itself a digital gym and is based around all-in-one machines called Smarttrainers which guide people through automated exercise programs based on the fitness track of their choosing.
I went every day, and each began the same way. I plugged my flash drive or memory stick into the Smarttrainer. After a perfunctory welcome, the screen set me to work burning fat by building muscle. There are live humans at Koko, but Smarttrainers offer all the training one would ever need, and it’s easy to follow along because the touch screen provides direction. If I cut corners or made a mistake, the screen would kindly admonish me. Whenever I mastered a particular exercise, the weight or frequency of reps would be adjusted to keep me moving in the right direction.
After all was said and done, I lost a stunning amount of weight. In six months, I was down from my high of 270 pounds to around 190, which is what I weighed in high school. Though I attribute most of my success to Koko Fitclub, it’s likely the vegetarianism played a role as well. I’m no longer concerned about the ratio of carbohydrates to proteins. I now believe it’s really as simple as diet and exercise. That’s all there is to it.