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How to Stop Yo Yo Dieting

At 46 years old Barbara found herself in a constant struggle with her weight.  Menopausal changes were beginning to set in and she struggled to lose weight. Throughout her 30’s she had bounced up and down, trying various diet programs only to gain the weight back again afterwards. She didn’t feel well and was ready to make a change.

An internet search brought Barbara to my site and even though she was in Florida and I was in Georgia she was determined to work with me long distance as she read through my website and saw my programs as a perfect fit for her. Barbara and I did one phone interview and have worked online and through text ever since.

When Barbara started with me she weighed in at 152 pounds. To be realistic she set her weight goal at 139. She had maintained a weight in the 140’s for the past year and thought it was more realistic to set her goal a bit higher than she really wanted to reach.  Ideally, 128-130 was where she would have liked to be since it was her weight before she began her weight loss struggles. She never dreamed clean eating would get her there!

Barbara set a long term goal to keep weight off for good

Her goals were to learn how to eat healthy for the long term, to lose the remainder of her weight and maintain it, and to lower her percentage of body fat. She also wanted to be healthy to prevent heart disease, which ran in the family, tone up and feel better. She had inflammation and gut issues which made it hard to feel good.

She was already an avid exerciser so we didn’t change her exercise plan at all since Barbara was already doing high intensity cardio mixed in with weights on alternate days. Our focus was strictly on diet. which was somewhat erratic. Although she liked a lot of healthy foods, her diet included a large cup of ice cream several nights a week and chemicals from processed “health” foods such as GNC shakes and artificial creamers. She was eating large amounts of dairy and some gluten.

We both agreed that Barbara would start with BodyDesigns Two-Week Detox Plan and go straight into a Lifestyle Diet Plan right after the two weeks was over. Barbara was willing to make all the changes I suggested and eagerly got prepared for her detox and new eating plan for life.

Barbara followed the Detox Plan and lost 11.2 lbs. bringing her down to her original goal weight in just 2 weeks! After the Detox Barbara wrote a testimonial:

“I felt the benefits within the first few days before noticing the weight loss. The inflammation was gone, I was sleeping 7-8 hours per night for the first time in 12 years, my back and wrist pain were gone, my cravings for sweets disappeared, my bloating and stomach issues were eliminated. I am more focused with a nice balance of energy. The plan was easy to follow and Mary was amazing always there to answer my questions and guide me along the way.” Barbara H., Florida”

We challenged dairy and gluten at the end of the Detox Plan

At this point we challenged the dairy and gluten in her diet and Barbara decided that dairy had definitely been an issue with her gut issues and inflammation. She choose to stay away from the dairy and gluten in her new diet plan. Today Barbara has continued to lose weight and tone up. She has exceeded her original goal of 139 and is down to 131. She went from a size 7-8 to a size 2-3 and has had the pleasure of shopping for new clothes.

When I asked Barbara what was it that helped her the most she told me:

1.  Starting with the Detox Plan I lost so much weight and felt so great that I was motivated to never go back to old habits.

2.  Staying accountable to log my food daily to email to Mary for review. At first I made some mistakes and Mary was able to guide me with some easy changes.

3.  Knowing what percentages of carbs, fats and proteins I need to be at each day keeps me on track too.

4.  Even on vacations I had no trouble following my new diet plan, which is now my new way of eating.

Barbara’s story is just incredible. She worked hard and followed the plan and exercised regularly which is why her success was so great. Congratulations to Barbara and may this be the last time you have to lose weight as you enjoy your new lifestyle and wellness that comes with it.  Her final testimonial to me is as follows:

“I was looking for a LIFE plan not another quick fix diet plan and Mary’s expertise met my weight loss needs.  She taught me clean eating.  She is very professional, patient, supportive and quick to get back to you when you are in need of assistance.  Thank you Mary for transforming my life – it is a pleasure to work with you!”  Barbara H., Florida

Are you looking to transform your health? Mary works with clients all over the country developing personalized nutrition and exercise plans for weight loss and health. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to health and wellness contact her today!

Visit BodyDesigns Two Week Detox Plan or BodyDesignsbyMary for more information.

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