Leslie Kingston loves her weight loss results from the Turn Up Your Fat Burn diet plan and exercise routine.
Name: Leslie Kingston
Pounds lost: 11
Inches lost: 8 ¼
What she’s most proud of: “I’ve started to accomplish what I set out to do–losing weight and getting back into a regular exercise routine. And I lost double digits in 1 month!”
Favorite foods: Peanut butter and honey on Wasa crackers; tuna on popcorn cakes; edamame
A veteran of many diet and fitness plans, Leslie Kingston was skeptical when she first looked over the Turn Up Your Fat Burn routine. “I’ve worked out in the past, but usually for an hour a day, 6 days a week, and I’d never been able to be on a diet without feeling like I was starving! I figured there was no way I’d see results exercising just 30 to 45 minutes a few days a week and eating this amount of food.”
But after 4 weeks on the program, Leslie is a believer. “I followed the plan exactly as instructed, and I am absolutely amazed at the results.” At her final weigh-in, Leslie had dropped almost 11 pounds and lost almost 3 inches from her waistline, 2 1/2 inches from her hips, and 3/4 inch from her thighs.
“I had to go to a black-tie event, and I pulled out a dress from my closet that was a full size smaller than what I usually wore. I put it on, and it looked amazing!” She also reports that her once-tight jeans feel roomier, her arms are more defined, and her belly looks flatter. But her favorite benefit of all may be the improvement in her golf game. “I think the exercises have made a difference in my core strength, balance, and flexibility. My handicap actually went down two strokes in 1 month!”
Leslie felt she needed a change after looking through some photos taken at her youngest son’s college graduation, when she weighed upward of 196 pounds. “I felt pretty good about myself until I saw those pictures. I was shocked to see what I’d become.” She says the variety of the program–an ever-changing mix of strength moves and cardio intervals–kept her involved and on track. “Every workout I’d done before was just more of the same: more reps, more weights, more time. Mixing it up kept me motivated to continue.” Her favorite part of all the workouts: doing the sprints in the Week 4 cardio routine.
“I loved being able to push myself for a short time, then take a break and do it again. It was a great challenge but really fulfilling to finish it!”
Challenges of her own came up over the month on the panel–she was stuck on an island in theCaribbeanduring a hurricane and had to cope with the news of a terminally ill sibling. But she says sticking to the plan helped her get through it all. “I actually was looking forward to getting up at 5:45 a.m. to get on the treadmill.” As a pescatarian (she eats fish but not chicken or other kinds of meat), Leslie says it was easy enough to stick to a healthy eating plan. “I don’t cook, and I don’t like to count calories, but I was able to figure out my portion sizes pretty easily, get in more fruits and veggies, and finish the day feeling totally satisfied.”
Nowadays she’s looking through her photos with much more satisfaction but says she’s not done yet. “I can’t wait to get back into some of those cocktail dresses that I couldn’t zip up anymore,” she says. “I’m back into a routine that is manageable and works for me, and I’m on the fitness wagon for good!”