Diane Weight Loss Story
The Strategy: One-on-one coaching
The Payoff: Lost 65 pounds
Diane Loffredo, 52, never saw herself as obese. But a physical in 2005 proved otherwise. “I weighed 230 pounds and my blood pressure and cholesterol were at unhealthy levels,” says Diane, a college admissions director in Miami. “So I promised myself the gift of good health for my 50th birthday.”
Diane had tried dieting before, but always had trouble sticking to a program where success was measured solely by the scale. She needed an individualized plan. Fortunately, the hospital where she worked at the time offered the perfect one. She was assigned a health coach for goal setting and weekly phone consultations. (Locate a nutritionist in your area at EatRight.org) Diane didn’t count calories; she just focused on changing her habits: eating more veggies, nixing diet soda, fitting in exercise.
“If I complained to my coach that I hadn’t lost any weight, she’d redirect me by asking where I had made progress,” says Diane. Within a year she’d shed 65 pounds, reduced her cholesterol 40 points and lowered her blood pressure. And she’s maintained her new weight ever since.
1. Think small. “Trying to change everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Change things a little at a time to create permanent new habits.”
2. Work up to workouts. No one starts out walking five miles. Take it slow. “It doesn’t matter how far you walk at first; just stick with it.”
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