I recently changed my diet after training Tae Kwon Do for the last 18 months and I am now down almost 30 lbs from my pre diet change high. And I learned a few things from this experience. First, it was always my plan to lose weight when I started Tae Kwon Do a year ago last winter. But I was in denial about the importance of diet. When I first started, my teacher told me I needed to lose weight, though after that initial conversation, he never mentioned it to me again. And I was starting to lose weight, but somewhere along the way, I stopped losing weight and started putting it back on. In June, I had to go for a required wellness check for my health insurance. To my chagrin, I weighed in a good 15 lbs higher than I was this time last year. WTF? I train regularly, and I thought I was getting in better shape. So I took a hard look at myself, and my eating, and made some changes. I looked at my diet and found that I was eating starches and carbs with just about every meal. So I started with carbs. So, no more beer, bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. Or at the very least, very little, and the ones I now eat are from beans, legumes, and fruit. And no more sweets and salty snacks. Clearly, whatever calories I was burning doing TKD 3 or 4 times a week was offset by my poor diet. So, what are my future goals? 1. To no longer be the fattest guy at my TKD school. 2. Lose another 20 lbs before my next belt test in December, which is a big one as I am testing for probationary black belt. 3 Lose another 30 to 40 lbs after that before I test for 1st Dan, which, health permitting, should be in late Spring 2020. That would be 80 or maybe 90 lbs total weight loss. If I could get there and maintain that into perpetuity, I would probably be satisfied, but time will tell. I have no illusions. The most weight I ever lost before was about 50 lbs, but I feel as if, to be successful and to advance in TKD at my current age, I cannot carry as much weight as I have been doing.