Success Story: Richard, stops counting calories and loses 13 pounds**
Richard easily lost weight in the past counting calories but struggled to keep it off. “I don’t have issues with losing weight, I have a hard time keeping it off. I have lost 70 lbs and gained it back repeatedly,” he shares. “Before, my weight loss was all focused on counting calories, but the weight kept coming back. I became focused on figuring out how best to maintain my weight loss,” he says.
He dedicated himself to the traffic light system and lost weight. Richard shares, “I went off calorie-counting and focused on the traffic light system instead. At first, I was concerned about not counting calories, but I have been losing weight with the traffic light system. It’s helped me to stop focusing on the calories, and instead think about the actual types of food I was eating. It’s obviously much easier than counting calories,” he adds.
Aging and a “false alarm” encouraged him to focus on his health. “When I started focusing on weight loss 2 years ago, I was at 290 pounds. At one point I even had some symptoms of a heart attack but discovered that it was actually a myocardial bridge. It made me realize that I’ve reached that age where you have to start watching this stuff,” Richard states.
Richard broke down his bigger goals into more manageable steps. He shares, “As far as weight loss goals, my big goal is to have a maximum weight of 200 lbs. My smaller goal is to get to 220 lbs first and then reanalyze my habits for every additional 10 lbs lost after that,” he explains. “Beyond the weight loss, maintaining the lifestyle to keep the weight off is my main focus,” he concludes.
He found weekly meetings with his coach to be engaging. Richard says, “One of the things I liked about Kurbo was the video calls each week; it’s face-to-face so you get that personal touch to it.” He adds, “Coach Brandy does a good job with looking at both where I am and where I am going. She gives great ideas about what might help me in my situation in a realistic way.”
Richard made several little changes in his diet. He observes, “In my smoothie, I previously used a certain type of yogurt; it was low in calories, but high in sugar which made it a red light food. After learning this, I switched over to a healthier yellow light version of yogurt for my smoothies.” He includes, “I have also noticed a drastic change in my fruit consumption. I work in convenience stores all day long and my first impulse is to go for a candy bar or donut. Now I go for the fruit, which is less expensive than a candy bar.” Richard further adds, “One issue I have had in the past was not eating balanced meals; it would be mostly meat and pasta. Now I am much better about balancing my meat and pasta with veggies.”
He takes the gold medal for early-morning workout dedication. Richard explains, “I don’t struggle with exercise, it’s just a matter of doing it every day. I get up at 2:00 am every morning to work out and have been doing that for several years. I enjoy it and don’t have any issues with it. I am usually working by 5:00 am and so I have to get up early to fit that workout in.”
Improved health is reflected by more than just weight-loss. Richard shares, “For me, tracking my food and implementing healthy habits is just as important as losing the actual weight. It’s all part of the whole process of being healthier.” He happily adds, “My pants are fitting better and the fact that I am seeing the weight come off and getting back to where it should be helps too. This kind of system using traffic lights will get me to where I want to be.”
“If you stick with it and try what the coaches ask you to, it’s going to work.”
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**This is a testimonial from an individual Kurbo user. Results will vary for different users.