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way, we’re prepared when we get there and aren’t tempted by less healthy foods.”
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For the first phase of the diet, which lasts until they get within a few pounds of their ideal weight, patients eat foods sold through the doctors’ office for breakfast, lunch and snacks, along with vegetables they prepare. For dinner, patients prepare their own meat and vegetables. “Once we figured out the plan, which wasn’t hard, there was no desire to cheat because we were always satisfied,” says Marci. “We weren’t hungry.” According to Dr. Widmeyer, “Patients don’t feel hungry because their bodies are burning their own fat as fuel.” Once they get close to their idea weight, explains Dr. Widmeyer, patients engage in Phase 2, a two-week period in which they prepare their own lunch foods. Then, they move into Phase 3, which lasts for another two weeks; in this phase, patients also prepare their own breakfast foods. Finally, Phase 4 is the maintenance phase. “Each transition between phases involves a lengthy sit-down discussion, videos and very specific instructions so patients get good results,” Dr. Widmeyer says. Marci is currently still in Phase 1 as she works to reach her ideal weight; Shelby has moved through Phase 1 and 2 and will soon be in the maintenance phase. After Shelby’s loss of 120 pounds and Marci’s loss of 95 pounds, they are both proud to no longer be prediabetic. Additionally, Marci says that she has been able to stop taking one of her blood pressure medicines, and she hopes to stop taking the other one once she reaches her ideal weight. While the weight loss, renewed energy and health improvements keep Marci and Shelby going, the “non-scale victories” also contribute to their motivation. “I’m happier that it’s a lot easier to find costumes that fit me,” Shelby says. “Now, I have about 15 dresses to choose from!” She also delights in comments from peers: “When they look at pictures of me in my costumes from this year and last year, they say, ‘That’s not even the same person!’” Marci likes that she can watch Shelby perform on stage comfortably: “Before, I would sit in the theater chairs and get bruises on my legs,” www.OurHealthlbss.com
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