103 Pounds Lost!
Height: 5'2", Age: 39
White River Jct, VT
Three years ago, Heidi P. was overweight, had borderline high blood pressure, and was at risk for developing other related illnesses. As a Recruitment Data Specialist for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, an internationally renowned academic medical facility in New Hampshire, Heidi knew she finally had to take control of her health and her poor eating habits. And that's exactly what happened! Through the support of her husband, family, and friends, Heidi improved her health and lost a whopping 103 pounds on the South Beach Diet. Today, Heidi continues to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet and hiking for exercise. She also now serves as the spokesperson for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Live Well/Work Well program, which encourages its employees to lose weight and improve their health.
"The biggest surprise was how easy it was to follow the South Beach Diet. I was also surprised by how many people found my weight loss inspirational and came to me for dieting advice. It’s also been a pleasant surprise that I’ve been able to keep the pounds off.”
"I love mixed nuts! I buy large cans of nuts, divide them into the correct serving size and customize the blends using my favorites. I separate them into bags so it’s easy to take them on-the-go."
"I really don’t have an exercise routine that I follow, but I like to get outdoors as much as I can. I enjoy hunting with my husband so we do a lot of walking in the woods. Before I lost the weight, I was tired all the time, but now, I’m more alert and feel energized throughout the day."
Most Effective Strategy
"To avoid tempting foods, I tossed the candy dish that I kept in my office and at home. I also make sure I eat three meals a day, plus a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, which keeps me feeling full and satisfied."
"The best compliment came from my husband. He told me he was so proud of me for losing weight. Others have told me I look great and that my weight loss inspired them to follow a healthy eating plan."