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Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Matthew becomes a master of portion control and loses 12 lbs!

Matt and his mom had tried losing weight on their own, but they wanted something different. “Matt and his friends are very big eaters, they are growing boys. Matt’s friends were hitting their growth spurts, but Matt was not and it was starting to show. We said, ‘Okay let’s start eating healthier’ but he was never satisfied and he was cranky about it so we talked about doing something different,” Matt’s mom, Jeanne says.

Matt decided to try Kurbo to learn how to portion control. “I was kind of obsessed with food, I was always hungry and eating. I went from 20 meals a day to 3 meals a day with Kurbo. When my mom told me I had to eat well I would say ‘I don’t care’. I play football and so I was trying to eat a lot, but then I realized I should probably start eating healthier,” Matt shares.

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Teen Weight Maintenance Success Story: Working with Kurbo, Aristotle has made long-term changes to his eating behaviors.

Aristotle wanted to become more conscious of his food choices, so he signed up for Kurbo. “I wanted to watch the food I was eating and I wanted to maintain a healthier diet than what I was eating at the time.”

He loved keeping track of what he was eating through the Kurbo app.I really liked how easy it was to use because I could just pull out my phone whenever I wanted to and put in the food I had eaten. The way the app is set up made it easy to input my food.”

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Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Kelesia inspires her whole community to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Photo above is of Kelesia (left) and her younger sister (right).

Kelesia’s mom was concerned about their family history of high blood pressure. “I worried that it might impact Kelesia and I tried to tell her that being overweight is a contributing cause for high blood pressure, but that wouldn’t resonate with her,” Leslyan says.

Kelesia chose Kurbo so she could get motivated to start living a healthier lifestyle. “We tried changing our eating habits, but we weren’t consistent with it,” Leslyan notes. “From the minute I heard about Kurbo, I was interested because you have your own personal coach who motivates you and educates you,” Kelesia shares.  

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: Talissa turns eating healthy and exercising into her new lifestyle.

Talissa was ready to make a change, so she decided to sign up for Kurbo. “Her clothes weren’t fitting her properly and she was feeling a little bit down about it and she would feel upset about how she looked,” Talissa’s mom, Robynne shares. “I’m a little bit bigger and I wanted to change that,” Talissa says. “I just looked at the average person that’s joined Kurbo and how far they’ve come and that inspired me to do it.”

Talissa and her coach worked together to decide what changes she could make to live a healthier lifestyle. “Before I would just start eating without thinking about it. Coach Lauren taught me how to read labels and how to figure out the number of red lights I should have. We talk about exercise and the importance of sleep too, in maintaining a healthy weight,” Talissa shares.

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: Catie becomes a softball star and role model

Catie and her family signed up for Kurbo to learn a new way of life. “I think the whole reason why her mom and I chose Kurbo was because it’s a holistic approach. It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life. They take a combined approach with the seasons, helping to choose activities that fit with the winter months when it rains and the summer months when it’s fun to be outside,” Catie’s dad, Andrew, shares.

Catie and Coach Karen worked together to set goals and plan out how to best reach those goals. “Talking to Coach Karen every week is always fun. We talk about setting goals, like eating all of the colors of the rainbow. I’m definitely eating more fruits and vegetables now because of that. We talked about how to make eggs without butter, so now we make egg whites,” Catie says. “No one wants to eat vegetables for breakfast, so Coach Karen figured out the best way to turn our favorite breakfast food, eggs, from a red to a yellow,” Andrew notes.

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: At just 7 years old, Imani learns to eat healthy and encourages others to do so as well!

Nefertiti saw her daughter’s genetic susceptibility to weight gain, and decided to make a change earlier rather than later. “On her father’s side, they are thicker, their stature is very stoic, and on my side, we’re more curvy. Imani has a lot of her dad’s side. I decided that if she’s going to be battling genetics, I need to help her be the healthiest she can be. I can fight nurture not nature,” Nefertiti says.

Nefertiti didn’t want Imani to go down the road of poor body image. “One day she came home and asked me, ‘Am I fat?’ and I asked, ‘Did someone say you were?’ and she said ‘well I noticed that I don’t look like some of my friends.’ It was disheartening for me to see my 7-year-old thinking about her body and having poor body image. That was how I used to feel, and I know where that mindset can go and I didn’t want to see that for her.”

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: 7 pounds lighter, Michael has transformed from “TV junkie” to an Honor Student and family role model

Michael’s physical and mental health was quickly diminishing. “Not only did he have high triglycerides and cholesterol, but he was very tired and irritable,” his mom, Sandra, shares. “He didn’t want to get up for school, his grades started dropping, and he felt depressed. He started playing a lot of video games and not getting outside as much. Our doctor recommended better nutrition and told us to try out Kurbo.”

Michael and Sandra decided that Kurbo would be the best way to get him healthier. “I felt that I would learn a lot about how to eat healthy with Kurbo,” Michael says. Sandra also thought it was perfect for tracking foods and learning which foods were actually healthy. “We wanted to live a healthier life inside and out.”

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Kurbo mom, Michelle, explains why signing her daughter up for Kurbo was worth the price

Before Kurbo, Ashley’s dieting would lead to frustration and even weight gain. “When we were dieting on our own, she would get so mad at herself when she would eat unhealthy foods. She would be so upset that she would feel like she’d have to start all over. So one bad day would lead to two bad days, which would lead to a week, and the diet would actually lead to weight gain.”

Michelle likes that Kurbo is more realistic and forgiving, allowing for lasting change. “Coach Monica would go over the different types of red light foods – what were healthier red lights and what were less healthy red lights – so that Ashley wouldn’t be upset when she ate red lights. Now, Ashley allows herself to eat cake with her friends at birthday parties. She’s given herself permission to take on some red lights and be okay with it. That way, her weight loss is actually more doable and more long-term.”

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Dealing with Weight as a Teenage Girl

As a 16 year old girl, I struggle to avoid focusing on my looks and how others perceive me. In high school, image is important. My weight is noted every time someone looks my way. Until recently, I was never comfortable with my weight, mainly because I focused too much on the number featured on the scale and how that number compared to that of my friends.

As a teenage girl in today’s society, I struggle to not compare myself to others. As I scroll through my Instagram feed I see unrealistic expectations for teenagers right before my eyes. We are supposed to have “perfect bodies”, but sometimes perfect means unhealthy. I have to remind myself to set goals that are appropriate for me, and not base those goals off of what others are doing.

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Teen Weight Loss Success Story: 8 lbs lighter, Lila blossoms and is ready to take on high school with confidence

About to enter high school, 14-year-old Lila wanted to start feeling confident about her body. “I was feeling really bad about myself and feeling kind of depressed, I just didn’t feel good. I wanted to feel better about myself because I was at my heaviest and I wasn’t happy with myself.” Lila shares. “It was easier for her friends to be thin, and I could see that was hard on Lila,” her mom, Daphne, says.

Both Lila and Daphne felt that Kurbo was the best choice to help change her lifestyle. “I liked Kurbo’s philosophy that there aren’t any foods you can’t eat, because that makes it impossible for kids to succeed because they can’t eat with their friends,” Daphne notes. “We eat pretty healthy at home, so it really is just about making good choices outside of the house, which is what Kurbo does. It gives the kids full responsibility.”

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