weight Loss Success Stories With Paula David

Paula David, 48 Baltimore, MD Height: 5'6" Current weight: 150 Heaviest weight: 181 Lightbulb moment: Realizing exercise could be the highlight of my day Biggest benefits: Tossing my cholesterol medication and spending more time with my daughters Paula's Story My husband and younger daughter have type 1 diabetes, so the combination of cooking healthy meals and chasing after my two girls while working as a research coordinator at Johns Hopkins University kept me at a healthy weight for years. Despite my mostly healthy lifestyle, my total cholesterol was 205 by the time I hit age 32, yet I wasn't too concerned—my weight was under control at the time. High cholesterol runs in my family, so I chalked it up to bad genes. A few years later, as my daughters grew up, the pace of my life slowed down; I no longer got daily exercise from chasing them around. The result: weight gain. At my annual checkup just before I turned 39, I tried to bribe the nurse not to write my weight--then 181 pounds--on my chart. That same year, my total cholesterol hit 296--above 240 is considered high. I didn't want to die of a stroke or heart attack before my 40th birthday. I knew it was time to do something, so my doctor put me on cholesterol medication. Finding My Match That same month, I started Weight Watchers. The plan emphasizes proper portion control, giving me easy ways to judge amounts. For example, your palm is about the size of 3 ounces of meat, fish, or poultry, and a serving of … [Read more...]

Weight loss Success Stories With Krystal Sanders

Before: 185 lbs After: 120 lbs Although she stands only five feet tall, 27-year-old Krystal Sanders was never petite. Growing up, she subsisted on fast food and "anything you could microwave." A size 14 when she moved to Austin, Texas, in 2005 to work as a revenue services specialist, she continued to hit the drive-through five nights a week. When she began planning her wedding in early 2008, the added stress drove her to eat even more. "I was in denial and avoided scales, cameras, and mirrors," she says. But she couldn't avoid the size-18 tag on her wedding gown. The Change When Krystal's wedding photos arrived in October 2008, she didn't want anyone to see them. "I looked at the pictures alone and I cried" she says. "It was a reality punch in the face. I was embarrassed that I'd let myself get that large." She knew something had to be done. The Lifestyle Krystal emptied her pantry and fridge, tossing all chips, frozen pizza, and other junk. Instead of eating out, she started cooking healthier versions of her favorite restaurant foods, boosted her veggie intake, and measured portions. "It was an eye-opener to see the difference between what I would normally eat and what the serving size was," she says. When she worked up the courage to step onto a scale, it read 185 pounds. She began jogging on her treadmill for 30 minutes six times a week. Over the next year, she added DVD strength workouts, cut out soda and processed foods...and reached her goal of 130 pounds. But … [Read more...]

How To Lose Weight Fast

Introduction How To Lose Weight Fast If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. Almost half of all the world are trying to lose weight fast at any given time. While there are many things you can do to shed pounds, losing weight too quickly can be dangerous. Fad diets, diet pills, and fasting may help you reduce the number on the scale, but these methods can cause severe health complications. However, if you are generally healthy and you're determined to drop several pounds quickly, there are some techniques and tips you can adopt to help you reach your short-term goals. Why do you need to lose weight fast? Although the accumulation of excess fat occurs over time, a desire for fast weight loss typically happens for a variety of reasons. People often seek to lose weight quickly to fit into a tuxedo or bikini, while some undergo detox diets that promise rapid weight loss reduction in the hope of gaining improved health. A doctor's diagnosis may also result in a need for lose weight fast under medical supervision. Consult your physician before considering any herbal supplement or fad diet, or starting an weight loss programs. Physical Appearance People often embrace diets or supplements that promise fast weight loss in order to downsize for an upcoming event or trip. MSNBC.com reports that famous actresses are often linked with crash diets prior to filming, while a popular female musician claims to have lost 20 pounds in a short time period by drinking liquid mixtures … [Read more...]