Gary A. Quits Fad Diets and Follows a Healthy Eating Plan

55 Pounds Lost!

Height: 5'8", Age: 42
From Blackshear, GA

I had no idea when I started the South Beach Diet in July 2005 that it would give me – a 51-year-old man – a new lease on life! It all started when my oldest daughter and son-in-law were visiting for the July Fourth weekend. They brought a copy of The South Beach Diet with them, and my daughter encouraged me to read it and challenged me to lose weight with her. Although I agreed, my real motivation at the time was to set a good example and encourage her, not to get involved in what I thought was yet another "fad diet."

I was reluctant to begin the South Beach Diet because I felt as if I had probably lost about a thousand pounds over the course of my lifetime only to find those lost pounds waiting around the corner (with a few new friends!) whenever I was no longer "dieting."

Still, I couldn't deny the fact that I weighed a hefty 241 pounds, and I was on blood pressure medication. Lab work had also revealed that my LDL ("bad") cholesterol was at an unhealthy 190, and my blood triglycerides (fats that circulate in the blood) were also high at 239.

After reading the book I began to understand how my weight was contributing to these health problems. I saw myself in the book's all-too-familiar descriptions. But what sealed the deal for me was that I quickly realized that the South Beach Diet really makes sense – it isn't a gimmick or a fad.

After just one month on the South Beach Diet, I lost 20 pounds. Now, a year later, I've lost a total of 55 pounds – I currently weigh 186 pounds. Even better, I've been able to maintain this weight loss. I have been enjoying my increased energy and stamina – unexpected benefits to losing the weight. But most important, I was able to discontinue my blood pressure medication and improve my cholesterol and triglyceride levels. I still have around 15 pounds to go, but I know I'll get there because the South Beach Diet is not just a "diet" for me any longer; it is a way of life.

Favorite Snack
"Celery with a little peanut butter."

Favorite Exercise
"Working out with weights and cardio exercises."

Best Compliment
"Friends who have not seen me in several months say, “I didn’t recognize you!"

Most Effective Strategy
"Find something healthy to snack on. Keep the right ingredients, like plenty of vegetables, on hand so that you’re prepared and have an alternative to eating something you shouldn't."

Best Advice
"After an occasional indulgence don’t give up and completely quit eating the right way. Instead, get back on track at the next meal."

*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

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