Are you feeling discouraged with your diet? Fed up with exercising? Sometimes dieting and attempting to lose weight can feel like a very lonely game. If you don’t know anyone else who is trying to lose weight, you can feel like you are all alone. Reading stories of other dieters who have been successful can show you that you are not alone and that other people have made their weight-loss goals a reality. You can learn from their mistakes and their successes and be encouraged to continue toward your goals. Here are a few remarkable and inspiring stories that will inspire you on your weight-loss journey.
One of the most amazing weight-loss stories is the incredible tale of Manuel Uribe. He was once the “World’s Heaviest Man” and, at his peak, his weight reached 1,316 pounds. He had once been unable to leave his bed and his doctors predicted that his weight would severely shorten his life; however, with the help of doctors from the United States, Italy and Mexico, he lost approximately 400 pounds by following the Zone diet. He continued to lose weight and, as of February 2012, his weight was down to 440 pounds. His daily diet consists of consuming 2,000 calories and features egg-white omelets, chicken fajitas, fresh salads, fish fillets and greens. He turned down offers for gastric-bypass surgery in Italy and he drew worldwide attention when he appeared on television in 2006. He was featured on a documentary about his life entitled “The World’s Heaviest Man.” By simple dieting alone, he was able to lose more than 800 pounds without having to resort to surgery, which is an incredible accomplishment.
David Smith’s story is an impressive one. In 2003, his weight had reached a whopping 630 pounds, and that’s when he decided to change his life. He lost a total of 401 pounds by carb-cycling and exercise alone; however, he went through several surgeries to remove the excess skin from his body. He eventually took it one step further and is now a certified personal trainer, helping others to achieve their weight-loss goals.
Rob Cooper is known as the Former Fat Guy, as he once weighed 475 pounds; however, he followed a system of natural health — walking at least 20 minutes per day and eating whole foods —and lost nearly 300 pounds over two and a half years. After all this, Rob added weight training to his weight-loss regimen and has added 50 pounds of muscle. Rob is now in the best shape of his life and continues to follow a routine of healthy eating and exercise. He is a great example of how, after losing weight, continuing to exercise and work on your body means you can build muscle and create the physique you want.
“Glee” star Amber Riley began suffering chronic stomach pains, which caused her to see her doctor. It was found that the unhealthy food she was eating was the cause, and she made the decision to eat healthier. She adopted a new exercise-and-diet plan, which helped her lose two dress sizes in seven months. On the set, the wardrobe department has had to take in many of her pants and dresses and revamp her wardrobe for her new slimmer figure.
Losing weight can be a challenging process and you might find yourself discouraged at times. When you do, give yourself a confidence boost by reading inspiring stories of other people who have accomplished weight loss and use it as encouragement.
About the Author: Jeanne Winters once weighed over 200 pounds, but with healthy meals from Diet-To-Go and daily exercise, she lost 70 pounds. She is now training to become a yoga instructor. Jeanne recommends finding inspiration in Diet-To-Go Success Stories.