Lost 150 Pounds Weight Loss Success Story
eDiets - The online diet, fitness, and healthy living resourceKristin B. is half the woman she used to be...
The proof is in the pictures. Kristins
BEFORE and AFTER photos tell an incredible story of weight loss triumph. In
less than two years, this determined 37-year-old office manager went from flab
to fab by shedding an incredible 150 pounds. The former 300-pounder did it by
getting in the Zone... as in the sensational Zone Diet!
Although she's the picture of perfect
health today (check out those biceps!) that wasnt always the case. There
was a time, right before she discovered the Zone Diet, that Kristins physical
and mental well-being were in a state of crisis. The excess weight she was
carrying had become a matter of life or death.
At her top weight, Kristin felt like she
was falling apart. She was plagued by arm and chest pains. Her weight was too
much for her small frame. She was so weak that she actually fell down while
trying to hike. Even walking down stairs became a scary exercise. Many times
she feared her knees would give out.
Kristin wanted to start an exercise program
but she thought it might trigger a heart attack. She consulted with her
physician and received grim news. Her cholesterol was high and her heart was
making odd sounds. The doctor recommended Kristin see a cardiologist before
I was in prime heart attack
mode, she tells
If I kept up what I was doing, I was either going to have a heart attack, a
stroke... or both. I was very unhealthy. It really scared me that they told me
this stuff and I was only 35. I heard abut women dropping dead in their late
30s and I thought, that could be me.
A sedentary lifestyle and poor eating
habits had combined to pack on the pounds from the time Kristin graduated high
school. She would start off the morning with a cup of a coffee and a bagel and
cream cheese. Cookies and doughnuts were other popular choices. When her sugar
levels began to go haywire about 9:30 a.m., she would munch M&Ms. Lunch was
soup and a sandwich. For her afternoon snack, shed enjoy more M&Ms.
Dinner was a huge meal comprised of too
much meat, carb-loaded rice or noodle dishes, veggies and some kind of dessert.
Looking back, Kristin realizes that big portions and starch overload were the
contributing factors to her weight gain. That all changed once she got into the
Not only did Kristins mom tell her
about the Zone, but she also sent her overweight daughter copies of the
best-selling books A Week in the Zone (ReganBooks) and Entering the
Zone (ReganBooks). Mom also anteed up the down payment for a gym
Mom's gifts proved the most important tools
in Kristins amazing weight loss journey.
I made a time when I was going to
start," Kristin tells eDiets. "I read through the book and decided how to go
about it. I cleaned out my kitchen of anything not Zone friendly.
"I started the Zone Diet and I instantly
started losing weight. It started dropping off within three days. Two weeks
later I joined an all womens gym so I didnt feel self
Eating in the Zone gave Kristin the energy
she needed to exercise. Im too tired was never an excuse for begging out of a
workout. She never felt deprived or hungry eating on the plan. She didnt feel
irritable the way she usually did when cutting her calories. And she really
liked the food.
One thing that worked in Kristins
favor was her habit of planning ahead. Instead of waiting until the last minute
to look for food, she had everything organized and timed. This prevented her
from making unhealthy choices. Her menus are balanced and healthy to keep her
from suffering a blood sugar spike or drop.
For breakfast, she whips up a fruit
smoothie. At 9:30, she eats half an apple, one ounce of light cheese and three
almonds. Lunch is a Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine entree with the appropriate
amount of protein. She tops the frozen meal with a handful of frozen broccoli.
At 2:30, she has half a Zone bar. At 4:30, she has the other half of an apple,
an ounce of light cheese and three more almonds. Dinner is a lean meat or fish,
grilled, steamed or sautéed in olive oil. She has vegetables and a huge
salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. For dessert, she has fruit,
applesauce, half a peach or some berries.
Its a natural way to eat I
think," she says. "Its a common sense approach to eating. Its not
really a diet to me -- its more a lifestyle change. I was raised on a
family farm. We raised a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. We raised all our
own meat. I was accustomed to that way of eating. When I got away from that
support and that way of eating, I started packing on weight.
I think I was raised in the Zone and
didnt even know it.
Kristin never imagined shed enjoy
losing weight so much. Kristin didnt hit her first plateau until she was
down 100 pounds. She didn't panic. She did make a few adjustments to her
portion sizes and the rest of the weight melted away.
A factor in Kristins steady weight
loss was her workout regimen. While she was losing the first 100 pounds, she
exercised on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She did about 15 minutes of stretching, 45
minutes of weight training and 25 minutes on the stationary bike. On Sundays,
she would do hand weights at home, take the dog for a walk and stretch.
In the beginning, she could barely make it
a mile. She now has no problem going 5 miles. Since dropping the weight, her
exercise program has also changed. She works out every other day. She now uses
the elliptical trainer and added some band work.
It just makes me feel great," she
says. "If I dont exercise, my body starts feeling bound up and creaky.
When I exercise, it gives me that release and makes me feel good. It helps me
A big source of inspiration came from Dr.
Phil McGraw. Kristin was inspired when she heard the author/talk show host say
that nobody would lose the weight for her... she had to want to do it herself!
Dr. Phil's no-nonsense, tough-talking approach made her come to grips with the
fact that nobody owed her anything.
Kristin is proud of how far she's come.
Equipped with the right tools, Kristin made the Zone work for her.
I did this with no pills and no
surgery," she boasts.