Lost 125 pounds
Her breaking point came when she found herself shopping for new clothes because she’d gained more weight, and suddenly realized that she wasn’t even shopping for something that looked good; she just wanted something that would fit her. “At that point, I was done,” says Elizabeth.
After steadily gaining weight throughout her early and mid-20s, and not having any success with Weight Watchers, Elizabeth took her parents’ advice and tried the South Beach Diet. “They’d had a small amount of weight to lose and the South Beach Diet worked well for them,” says Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and her husband started the South Beach Diet together as diet buddies. “My husband and I both wanted to make a change in our lives,” she explains, adding that having her husband by her side during the weight loss process has made a big difference. “He has been my cheerleader from the beginning, and continues to be. I think having someone to go through this journey with me has been amazing and extremely helpful.”
Elizabeth and her husband Anthony have now lost a combined weight of 195 pounds. “When I started my weight loss journey,” says Elizabeth, “I weighed 284 pounds and was in a size 24 pants and XXL shirt. I am thrilled that I now weigh 159 pounds and am in a size 6 pants and a medium shirt! My husband started off at 265 pounds and now weighs 195 pounds.”
Changes in both diet and physical activity were key for Elizabeth and Anthony. They started incorporating many more fruits and veggies into their eating plan. “This is, by far, the best healthy habit I picked up on the South Beach Diet. There are so many variations you can do with both, the possibilities are endless!” Elizabeth admits that she used to hate eating fruit, but says that she now looks forward to having it for dessert.
Reflecting on it, Elizabeth believes there were many reasons why she gained weight, including a tendency toward emotional eating. “I wasn’t using food as fuel; I was an emotional eater,” says Elizabeth. “I ate when I was happy, sad, mad, or bored. I ate even when I wasn't hungry.” Elizabeth now feels confident and healthy and she says her body feels “amazing.” She is able to get up and move around with ease; she can bend over and tie her shoes without any difficulty, and she can walk upstairs without losing her breath.
Elizabeth reports that her success in losing weight and keeping it off was a direct result of how easy it was to incorporate the tenets of the South Beach Diet into her everyday life. “You don’t feel like you’re on a ‘diet’ or like you have to stay away from parties or restaurants. You can still go out to eat and have a good time with friends. The South Beach Diet just encourages you to make better choices and to be aware of what you’re putting into your body.”
“My biggest surprise was the change in my body. I felt so much better overall. I was no longer lethargic or tired. It revived me. My skin has also never looked better!”
“There are so many to choose from! I am a huge fan of roasted chickpeas and tuna avocado boats.”
“Throughout my entire journey, I have been doing the elliptical machine. I started off at 15 minutes, stopping every 2 minutes, thinking I was going to die. Now, I do an hour every day, non-stop. I also do a weighted hula hoop and spin class once a week.”
“Exercise and calories in, calories out. I have been using an online journal to log all of my food and exercise, and it has been instrumental in keeping me accountable for what I’m doing everyday.”
Reward, Aside from Weight Loss
“I have been inspiring the people around me to get healthy. There have been so many people that have come to me wanting to know what I did, and then they went and started the South Beach Diet themselves. It’s amazing to be an inspiration to others.”
“I think the best advice I can give someone is: Consistency is key. If you keep at it, it will work! And it is most definitely worth the work. Anyone can do it. It just takes dedication and determination.”