Name: Sormeh Salimpour
Family Status: Single
Occupation: Self Employed (Creative Director at Sormeh Lifestyle)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Starting Weight: 250 pounds
Current Weight: 150 pounds
Sormeh’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost 100 pounds!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
I was always overweight, but when I was in college and after I graduated, my weight hit a new level.
What made you decide to lose weight?
After my first heartbreak from a breakup, and a lifetime of always putting others before myself, I was finally ready to gain control of my life, health, and my happiness.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Portion control and learning how to properly fuel my body is very important. Implementing exercise into my daily routine is also crucial for losing weight and keeping it off.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Learning how to say “no” and being okay with that.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It just took a few weeks to start seeing results. It seemed like the weight just flew off when I first got started on my journey.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I have been on this journey for about 5-6 years. Slow and steady wins the race 🙂
Did you have any issues with loose skin after losing the weight? If so, how did you deal with it (surgery, etc)?
Yes, I do have loose skin and I am actually hoping to set a date for skin removal surgery this year.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
Understanding that there are no quick fixes is extremely important. This is a minute-to-minute journey and it’s all about making it a true lifestyle change, not a just a temporary “diet”.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
The key for me is to set small, short-term goals. Doing this really helps me stay realistic, positive and motivated.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
I love myself and I’m so proud of who I am and how hard I fought along the way to achieve success. I do my best to only allow others in my life who respect and love me just the same.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Start out slow and start with small changes. Do not cut out entire food groups. Learn how to say “no” and treat yourself, but do it in moderation.
Sormeh’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Set small, short-term goals.
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Move your body daily, even if it’s just a slow 20 minute walk.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Track your food intake to see how many calories you’re eating.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Treat yourself once in a while!
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Stay positive and do not compare your journey to anyone else’s.
Sormeh’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Kashi GoLean cereal with almond milk, or Van’s gluten-free waffles, or 2 eggs and a piece of Miltons toast, or a Svelte protein shake. I try to switch it up often.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Svelte protein shake, or a large salad with protein, or sushi, or a turkey sandwich.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Svelte protein shake or some type of lean protein and veggies. Eating breakfast foods at night is a favorite of mine. I love Kodiak Cakes (healthy whole grain pancakes and waffles).
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Nuts, raw veggies, KIND bars, string cheese, cottage cheese.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
The only supplements I take are protein shakes.
Sormeh’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I see a certified personal trainer 3 times a week. Monday is weight training, Wednesday is kickboxing and Friday is circuit training. On the other days, I like to hike and take spin class.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
I really enjoy hiking, hill sprints, jump rope, and spin class for my cardio exercise.