Lost 119 pounds!Height: 5'6", Age: 26
Amber C. was constantly preoccupied with losing weight. It was the first thing she thought about when she woke up in the morning and the last thing she contemplated before bed. But after years of struggling with yo-yo dieting, her decision to turn her life around, lose weight, and improve her overall health became clearer in September 2012 when her doctor recommended she try the South Beach Diet. Getting into shape wasn’t the only motivating factor for Amber. She knew someday she wanted to have children, and she had heard that it’s harder for overweight and obese women to get pregnant.
“I want to start a family in the future, and I didn’t want to be the reason my husband and I couldn’t have children. My ultimate goal was to become healthier and adopt smart eating habits,” Amber says.
Before she started following the South Beach Diet, Amber was a fast-food junkie, making drive-thru stops at McDonald’s four to five times a week. But after about a year of sticking to a healthy eating plan and exercise routine, Amber lost a whopping 119 pounds, and gained much more than a new physique. Her renewed body confidence and passion for cooking are what helped her transition her diet into a healthy lifestyle.
“My self-confidence and self-worth were very low before I started the South Beach Diet. I ate unhealthy foods to make me ‘feel’ better. Now, I am focused on following a balanced diet and enjoy trying new recipes. I love to have family and friends over and cook all my South Beach Diet-approved meals. Most of the time they eat the meals not even realizing how healthy they are for them,” Amy laughs.
The South Beach Diet philosophy is that slow and steady weight loss wins the race, and Amber’s story is a great testament to that. Amber says that the South Beach Diet was the most successful diet program for her because she lost the weight gradually, which helped her kick bad habits to the curb and adopt positive, permanent changes.
“I enjoy the South Beach Diet is because it’s easy. I don’t like counting calories or points. These other diet programs didn’t work for me for that reason, and what I love most about the South Beach Diet is that I can eat this way for a lifetime. Losing weight is not a quick fix; it’s a lifestyle change,” Amber says.
In addition to a healthy eating plan, Amber supplemented her weight loss with exercise. Her favorite form of exercise is zumba, an aerobic fitness program that uses dance-inspired moves and is performed to Latin American music.
“Zumba is by far my favorite exercise, but I have also learned to enjoy other exercises that I never thought I would like, such as running and boxing. I do Zumba a few times a week and have built a great support group for me at the gym, which has made it easier to go and enjoy the class,” Amber smiles.
Since she reached her weight-loss goal, Amber has inspired family members and friends to lose weight and improve their health. “My weight loss has inspired people to lose weight and get healthy. When they tell me I am inspirational, the overwhelming joy I have is almost too much at times, but I am always more excited to hear about their success. This journey has had its fair share of bumps, but I would not change it for a moment!”
“One thing I thought I would never be in life is inspiring. Since my weight loss I have inspired people to lose weight and get healthy themselves. I have come a long way from the person I used to be. I have learned more about me in the past year than my whole life combined.”
“Just one snack?! I have so many! I love the South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bar in Fudgy Chocolate Mint. I also enjoy eating cucumbers with hummus and strawberries.”
“Zumba! I started Zumba a few times a week in the beginning of my weight-loss journey, and then I started going more and more during the week.”
“Eating healthy and exercising regularly is my most effective strategy. The continued support from my family and friends was another huge reason I was so successful. They cheered me on and gave me the encouragement I needed to finish my journey.”
“I like to use ‘baby’ goals, which would help me focus on losing 10 pounds at a time. I kept reminding myself that this was not a sprint but a marathon. Slow and steady always wins the race!”
*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.