140 Pounds Lost!
Height: 5'6", Age: 36
From Cochranton, PA
Lori B. was overweight and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes before she started following the South Beach Diet. At that time, she was also experiencing back problems from carrying around extra weight and began developing osteoarthritis in her right knee. After giving birth to her fourth child, Lori's doctor gave her a wake-up call.
"My turning point was the checkup at the doctor's office after I gave birth to my fourth child. He told me that if I didn't lose weight, I would end up being diabetic. I decided it was time to do something — both for myself and for my family," Lori says.
The solution to her health problems came to her while dining at a restaurant when the couple next to her talked about how they were following the South Beach Diet and how effective it was in helping them to lose weight. The next day, Lori bought the South Beach Diet book and started following it religiously. She lost a whopping 27 pounds her first month and was so excited to have finally found a diet that worked for her busy lifestyle and also kept her motivated.
"Following the South Beach Diet made me accountable for everything I ate, which meant I had to start reading nutrition labels and learning the correct portion sizes. I started eating whole grains, lean meats, eggs, and vegetables, and I cut out processed foods and sweets from my diet," Lori says.
Through the South Beach Diet, Lori first learned how to read nutrition labels, make the right food choices, and adopt healthier eating habits. She also began following a regular exercise routine, which included working out to cardio-exercise DVDs and utilizing dumbbells for core-strengthening workouts.
After a year and a half on the South Beach Diet, Lori lost a total of 140 pounds. But she not only lost weight, she also gained a healthy lifestyle, renewed her confidence, and transformed her self-image.
"The biggest surprise for me was that I could be satisfied with eating the correct portion sizes. Healthy food tastes good, and making a lifestyle change doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s all about finding the diet and exercise program that works best for you and that you’re able to stick with."
"I usually keep a South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bar or South Beach Diet Protein Fit Cereal Bar in my bag so I’m not looking in the vending machine for something to eat."
"I was so heavy that I was too embarrassed to go to the gym, so I bought some exercise DVDs and started exercising at home. I do Tae-Bo and Yoga Booty Ballet. At first, I did only cardio DVDs and went on walks to the park with my kids. But then I discovered weights and started to see changes in my body after I incorporated core-strengthening exercises into my routine."
"My best compliment was when people started saying that I looked younger than my actual age."
Most Effective Strategy
"My most effective strategy for avoiding temptation is keeping my ‘before’ picture with me so that I can see how far I’ve come and know that the junk food I have my eye on isn’t worth sacrificing all my hard work. I also have a necklace with a weight plate on it that I bought for myself when I lost 125 pounds. It helps remind me that motivation and determination does pay off. It may sound silly, but I can make better food choices when I am wearing my necklace."
"My best advice for anyone who is trying to lose weight and keep it off is to think of it as a lifestyle change. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot lose weight, because you can. Even if you get frustrated because you feel you aren’t seeing results fast enough, stick with it because it will all work out. It took time to put the weight on, so it will take time to take the weight off. Don’t beat yourself up if you eat something that isn’t on the meal plan. Learn from it, and make a better choice at the next meal."
*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.