Deb's OPTIFAST® success story
Photos of Deb after (TOP) and before (BOTTOM PHOTO) joining the OPTIFAST® program
through Medical Weight Management Center
My Weight Loss Journey – Deb P. of Bloomington, MN
I was lucky: I was a relatively healthy overweight person but concerned about my future health as well as increasing my mobility.
As a result of having had childhood polio, I use a wheelchair to get around, paired with forearm crutches. I do upper body exercises (weight training and archery) to maintain strength, but I just couldn’t burn enough calories to lose the fat. On top of that, I am less than five feet tall. I regularly lost — and then gained — the same 10 pounds! I have had weight challenges most of my life.
My annual physical resulted in normal cholesterol levels and good blood pressure readings. Phew! But my health was changing: My blood sugar levels were into the pre-diabetic range, and I just couldn’t change them. Fortunately they weren’t bad enough to need medications, but it was a concern and I wanted to be able to get around easier. I really needed to get the weight off!
In 2010 I decided to try it on my own, once again. Even with a personal exercise trainer, watching my calories and eating more protein I still wasn’t losing the weight.
Before Labor Day 2011 I got an email from OPTIFAST®, encouraging me to join. I talked with my husband; we decided to see if OPTIFAST® could help me.
During my first visit I could tell OPTIFAST® was going to be different than my previous diet experiences. In those early weeks, the support, education, medical evaluation and positive attitude I received from the clinic staff allowed me to really trust them with my health. I love the nutrition support they give: I thought I was carb sensitive and in fact I’m ‘insulin resistant’ (carbs are not broken down well and are turn into fat). It made so much sense! They help me make wise choices when difficult social eating situations come up, as well as teaching how to maintain weight loss once goals are met.
I am happy to say that all my lab tests are now in the normal range (or better!). As a result of losing 75 pounds – and 45 inches – I get around with greater ease. And — as a bonus — although I am over 40, people tell me that I am looking younger!
UPDATE From Deb:
“October 2013… Here I am, at a little over 2 years on my journey. 20+ pounds lighter than when I last ‘checked in’ for a total of 94 pounds lost and aiming to get to 105 pounds lost so I will be at my high school weight.
“Thank you to the team at Medical Weight Management Center and OPTIFAST® for their support. By having registered dietitians to share how the science influences our nutritional choices, and to educate us on the right foods, I know I can maintain this for life.
“I have lost 6.6 pounds since July, and even better--two inches off my waist and two inches off my hips. My lab results are good too!! I am more active than ever, working out at the gym 3-5 times a week, and it’s also been fun trying other activities. I can now do things I never would have tried since I have more mobility! (See picture of Deb on the three-wheeled, Can-Am she rode recently). From my full story above, you see I have physical challenges.”
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