A 26-year-old woman named Amanda has documented her extraordinary story about how she lost 88 pounds in a year.

The story backed with photos and a five-second GIF showed the dramatic transformation, which also displayed the tremendous change in her confidence. Many have been inspired by the “makeover” as Amanda was 222 pounds (equivalent to 100 kg) before she lost almost 90 pounds.

The story and photos of her immediately became viral. But what’s even more amazing is that even though most people will think that the weight loss required drastic modifications, Amanda credits the transformation to these three lifestyle changes:

1. Moderate Exercise

While many may consider doing intense workouts, Amanda says she simply got involved with moderate exercise, which means she only had to do at least 20 minutes of moderate exercises daily. If you want to do the same, you don’t need a coach’s supervision to help you with the workout since you can do this on your own. Examples of moderate exercises you can do are:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Biking for five mph
  • Volleyball
  • Water aerobics
  • Jumping rope
  • Walking the stairs

Remember that exercising is very important if you want to effectively shed unwanted weight.

2. Strict Control on Food Portions

If you want to follow what Amanda did, here’s good news: you don’t have to deprive yourself from food. Instead, what really works is when you distribute your food healthily. But beware; this is an extreme challenge even for those who are used to dieting. This is because it means you have to change your eating patterns, as well as your mentality on food eating habits.

Lose 88 Pounds in One YearAs a tip, Amanda recommends using smaller dishes, while increasing the amount of foods rich in fiber you consume. Avoiding soft drinks and other sugary beverages also helps as drinking detox water is the way to go.

3. High-Protein Diet

Many people don’t know about this, but protein is the nutrient you need to combat obesity. It is also the key to fighting osteoporosis and diabetes and it can reduce your bad cholesterol levels. Protein can help you build muscles, while you lose fat faster. This works by revving the enzymes responsible for metabolizing fat. Protein can also reduce hunger pangs, so you don’t rush to eat unhealthy foods when hunger strikes. Some of the foods that are high in protein are:

  • Cottage and Swiss cheeses
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • 95% lean ground beef
  • Turkey breast
  • Sardines
  • Peanut butter

A high-protein diet is not for everyone though. But it is generally safe, especially if it’s just for a short time. Before you make these three changes as Amanda did, talk to your doctor to verify these won’t harm your well-being.