HOW FOUR WOMEN LOST 70 POUNDS OR MORE … AND KEPT IT OFF

Tammy: Went from 220 to 135.
Diet: Breakfast is egg whites cooked with onions, tomatoes, and peppers – with wheat toast. Lunch: a chicken taco salad. Dinner: chicken breast, vegetables, and salad. Snacks: frozen yogurt and turkey jerky.
The workout: An hour of kickboxing, step aerobics or running each day; 10 minutes of weights and 15 minutes of Pilâtes five days a week.
Loraine: Went from 191 to 120 lbs.
Diet: Breakfast is oatmeal and a yogurt shake. Lunch: cottage cheese and fruit or scrambled eggs and spinach. Dinner: bean soup or tofu stir-fry with vegetables and a big salad. Snacks: fruit and yogurt.
The workout: An hour of step aerobics or running six days a week; Pilâtes and weights twice a week.
Alice: Went from 265 to 165.
Diet: Breakfast is fruit and a protein shake. Lunch: a tofu hot dog and raw vegetables with light dressing. Dinner: vegetable soup or chili, a whole-wheat roll, broccoli and carrots. Snacks: fruit, cereal, and mixed nuts.
The workout: Running about 30 miles each week and lifting weights for an hour twice a week.
Donna: Went from 260 to 135.
Diet: Breakfast is oatmeal and a banana. Lunch: a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, with tomato soup, carrots and celery. Dinner: a taco salad. Snacks: raisins, apples and fat-free pudding. The workout: Kickboxing videos at home for an hour five or six days a week.
These four women relied heavily on exercise as part of their routine for losing weight. However, don’t be intimidated. Yes, you can lose weight faster if exercise is part of your plan, but in my book, Why We Eat…. and why we keep eating, we offer you real alternatives – from a dozen or more activities that burn calories outside the gym to supplements that can boost your metabolism and increase fat burning so that you can burn calories ever when you’re sitting at your desk!

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