Luisa Ita (27) has lost over 60 kilograms in the last three years. Prior to her weight loss, she was severely overweight.
137 kilograms. The scales of news reporter Luisa Ita (27) showed that much three and a half years ago. In the new Blick TV format “Luisa’s lighter life”, Ita talks about her weight loss. The reporter has lost 64 kilograms in recent years – almost without giving up, as she says. Only afterwards did she realize how much she weighed. “When I look at pictures from the past, I often no longer recognize myself.” Luisa Ita is proud of her success. And she emphasizes that she never felt bad about herself when she was fatter. “I always thought I was good the way I was.”
Crash diet as a starting signal
She was a fat child. As a teenager, she was well aware that she weighed a little too much. It didn’t bother her. “I didn’t want to give up my dessert.” At the age of 23, Luisa Ita weighed 137 kilograms. She never felt any pressure to lose weight. “I had a great environment that accepted me so much.”
In the spring of 2019, Ita’s colleagues decided to implement a crash diet based on the Clean 9 principle. This diet involves drinking one protein shake and two aloe vera juices per day, along with water and nutritional supplements. Ita joined. But she lost interest on the first day, as she writes on her blog. The juice was disgusting, Ita could hardly swallow the vitamin pill.
Calorie tracking as a solution
She didn’t want to give up and started looking for alternatives on the internet. Ita landed on the “Lose it!” app, a calorie tracking app. Secretly, the reporter started tracking her calories. Only her husband knew about it. The 27-year-old didn’t want to endure the disgrace of another defeat. When the first successes became visible, Ita told her friends about the weight loss plans. The interest in her success in losing weight was great, so she started a blog on Instagram. More than 100,000 people are now following her there.
The reporter tracks everything she eats or drinks. On the way, for example, she tends to go to the gas station to get something to eat. “I have a better overview of the calories there.” Ita accepts the slightly worse taste of gas station sandwiches in order to lose weight.
However, the 27-year-old usually cooks her food in advance. It’s called “meal prep”. She started with about 2,000 calories and currently eats 1,600 calories a day. In addition, Ita makes sure to consume around two grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Carbohydrates or fats are also allowed, it is important not to exceed the calorie budget.
Balance is still important to her – so Ita treats herself to one cheat meal a week, i.e. a meal that exceeds her calorie budget.
“Counting calories only works if you are precise. That’s why I recommend weighing the food with scales.”Luisa Ita
By tracking the calories, she also stopped snacking. For Ita an important component when losing weight: “Many small bites add up quickly and can reduce the success of losing weight.” Ita thinks that the “calorie counting” method only works if you are precise. “That’s why I advise weighing the food with a scale.”
Sport is also part of Luisa Ita’s new life. Sport was not one of the reporter’s favorite activities in the past. “I was rather lazy.” In the beginning it took a lot of effort. But the feeling after a workout is good compensation.
The weight loss makes it easier for Ita to do everyday things. For example crossing your legs, that was no longer possible before. Another point that makes Ita happy: “I no longer have to worry about the belt being too short when I travel by plane.”
Ita hasn’t reached her goal yet, she still has a few kilos to go. “I’m not stressing myself.”