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“Healthy Carbs Helped Me Lose 145 Pounds”

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Alerted to the health dangers of being overweight, Samantha Szabo changed her lifestyle and her eating habits. Now she’s 145 pounds lighter, and in better shape than she was in high school. Find out how she did it.

Name: Samantha Szabo
Age: 31
Height: 5’5″
Her Weight Before: 280
Her Weight After: 135
Pounds Lost: 145
At Current Weight: 1 year

Even at 280 pounds, Samantha Szabo considered herself athletic. “My weight didn’t stop me from playing sports; I told myself I carried it well,” says the Brooklyn physical-therapy assistant. But her career choice alerted her to the health hazards of being overweight, and she made changes that led to a 145-pound loss. “My energy level is higher, I move more gracefully — even my skin glows.”

Active, But Big
Samantha grew up on a “meat and potatoes” diet, but softball, track, basketball, and soccer kept her weight around 150 as a teenager. After her mother’s death, her diet deteriorated. “I’d skip breakfast but chow down on chicken wings and beer at 10 p.m.,” she says. By 26, she weighed 250; a few years later she was up to 280. Around then, she was studying to be a physical therapist. “I started to wonder if patients would take advice from someone my size,” she says. “I decided to try to slim down.”

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Dieting Smart
Samantha began with a sensible low-carb eating plan. “I cut portions and replaced fried foods, white bread, and pasta with fish, vegetables, and whole grains.” She also started eating breakfast. Within four months, she had dropped almost 50 pounds. Then she started walking two miles a day; later she joined a gym and added cardio and strength training. Ten months later, Samantha was down to 135 pounds.
“Everything is better since I got healthy,” says Samantha. “I’m in better shape now than I was in high school.”

Samantha’s Weight-Loss Plan
The Diet: For breakfast, Samantha has two egg whites and two ounces of broiled salmon. Lunch is grilled chicken salad. Dinner is chicken or fish with salsa and steamed cauliflower. She snacks on raw veggies, whole wheat cereal, and hard-boiled egg whites.

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The Workout: Samantha does 90 minutes of cardio (elliptical, cycle, treadmill) and 30 minutes of strength training five times a week.
Biggest Temptation: Buffalo wings. “When I crave them, I make grilled chicken with hot sauce.”
What She Couldn’t Wait to Wear: Trendy underwear. “I actually cried the first time I went shopping at Victoria’s Secret and was able to fit into the colorful, sexy bras and undies.”

Source: fitnessmagazine

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  1. Suzy Hanks

    April 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    So awesomeness

  2. Tina Frye

    April 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Great job

  3. Michelle Green-Clarke

    April 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm


  4. Susan Mike Vincenty Ortiz

    April 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wow @laurie maestas encouraging can u tell me exactly what u ate so I can do it to thanks

  5. mary

    April 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for sharing. Reading stories like yours helps me. Thank you!

  6. Laurie Maestas

    April 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I started a meal replacement in the morning and juiced almost everything in the fridge, I lost 40lbs in two months. But my blood pressure was 85/76 instead of 126/74, and my blood sugar was between 189-210 instead of 85-90. And being diabetic, I needed protein. But I did go down two pant sizes. I am going to start again on 4-7.

  7. Amanda Woodard-Weiler

    April 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Tara does your carb count include fruits and veggies?

  8. kelly

    April 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    That is awesome. I too was 320 lbs for 20 years. I simply did portion control and worked my way up to an hour of cardio and an hour and a half of strength training 5x a week. I am on my way yo my goal. I have 50 lbs. Left to lose. I am very proud of u. That is amazing transformation. Wow !

  9. Kimberly Stedham

    April 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Way to go

  10. Tara Michelle Duell-Bailey

    April 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I have lost 145 lbs. by eating this way as well as lots of walking. I eat good healthy carbs, lots of water, cut out all white breads, pastas, flour and sugars. I keep my carb level around 50 carbs per day and I lose consistently and I have turned my health around. I still have about 90 lbs. to go and getting close to my goal. This lifestyle change has been the ONLY thing that has helped me to lose weight and keep it off. I have been on everything from Weight Watchers to Jenny Craig ….and low carb basically saved my life!!! I won’t eat any other way for the rest of my life 🙂

  11. Karen Mckenzie-Milley

    April 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Great inspiration. Thanks for your story.

  12. Jamie Hulsey

    April 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I ate good carbs for the last year and a half and didn’t lose a pound. Went low carb 15 days ago and ive lost 5 pounds already.

  13. Edna Deloris Hunt

    April 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I lost 60 pounds the same way ,I had foot surgery I had to have three screws put in my foot and put on a lot of weight my doctor told me that I was prediebetic that if I didn’t lose weight I was going to have to go on insulin ! So I started walking ,I cut out bread ,potatoes ,and pasta I started watching my sugar intake and drinking more water ,and exercising more. When I first started walking I could only walk about a mile ,then I worked up to two then three before I knew it I was walking ten miles a day! I was eating scrambled eggs for breakfast ,and lots of vegetables ,fish,chicken ,lean meats ,cheese ,and eggs ,and some fruits. I ended up losing 60 pounds from April to October and I never had to go on insulin I had controlled my diebetis and have kept the weight off o still eat low carb and it has been five years later I don’t call it a diet I call it a new way of eating a healthier life style! I feel better and look better and I love my life! I still walk and I do Zumba twice a week now I cut out soda and I drink lots of water now instead.

  14. Jamie Hulsey

    April 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Explain healthy carbs.. vegetables?

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