Weight Loss Success Stories - Van Lost 55 Pounds
First Name: Van
Family Status: Married
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 55 pounds and went from a
size 40 waist to a size 34!
Starting Weight: 250 pounds
Current Weight: 195 pounds
Van's Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
About a year ago.
What made you decide to lose weight?
Tired of feeling tired and out of shape.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Changed the way I ate, smaller portions and ate smaller meals
throughout the day.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
The first 2-3 weeks getting used to eating different without
cheating on carbs and sweets.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
About 6 months.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
5 months, keep the same eating habits and some form of exercise
3-4 x's per week...even walking for 30 minutes.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Feel great, look great, not tired anymore.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
loss stories are very inspirational.
Van's Weight Loss Story!
never had a weight problem until I got older. Ive had a desk
job for the past 10 years and sometimes its hard to fit any
form of exercise in the day. I played baseball through college and
could always eat what I wanted and when I wanted. Ive had
2 knee surgeries on the same knee so my sports activities have been
narrowed down a bit to golf, bicycling, and walking for the most
part. Now that I am 45 years old, I just cant eat anything
I want anymore. I have always tried to maintain my weight anywhere
from 190-205. Over the past few years I have steadily climbed up
to a whopping 250! My waist size went from a 34 up to a 40. My knees
would be sore after being on my feet all day. Sometimes I felt like
I was going to pass out if I bent over to fast to lift something
because my gut got so huge. Thats when I had enough!
I decided to do something about it so I started surfing the net
for a weight loss program.
I came across a website and it actually opened my eyes to eating
the right way, smaller portions and snacks throughout the day. Most
of the time I was skipping breakfast; having a big lunch with plenty
of carbs (bread or pasta), and an even bigger dinner as late as
9-10:00pm. After learning some good basic eating habits on this
program, I realized why I was packing on the weight so fast. I also
decided to start doing some walking for at least 15 minutes or longer
3-4 times a week. I knew all of this change was going to be difficult
at first because I would be faced with the carb withdrawals doing
without the breads, pastas, and even sweets.
In 6 weeks I dropped 27 pounds. But I didnt stop there, it
became so easy I decided to keep going just to see if I could get
back to my college playing weight and wear size 34 waist jeans again.
After a little over 4 months I reached my goal. Remember, I was
hardly exercising at all, just a little walking about 3-4 days a
week. In January 2008 I am staying between 195-200 pounds and proud
to wear my size 34 waist jeans again. I also realized that working
out excessively only made me hungrier. I am so thankful that my
knees dont hurt anymore or Im not passing out from bending
over. My wife tells me I have too much energy sometimes and tries
to create a bigger "honey-do" list for me...lol! All my
friends say I look much younger now. 2008 is going to be a great
Van's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Weight loss tip #2:
Exercise at least 3x's week.
Weight loss tip #3:
Minimal carbs and sweets.
Weight loss tip #4:
Cut down on alcohol intake.
Weight loss tip #5:
Van's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Granola or trail bars, or a low calorie shake blended with various
berries in the the blender.
Low carb pita wraps with tuna or chicken with salads.
Grilled chicken or fish with salad or vegetables.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Various low fat/low sodium mixed nuts, sugar free Russel Stover
candies, low fat yogurts, soy chips.
Van's Weight Loss Workouts!
Several sets of push
ups at various angles during a walk/run exercise.
30-40 minutes of walk & running, or riding bike 7-10 miles.
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