to 46 Pounds Weight Loss Success Story
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Justin Statham wanted
to lose weight as much as the next guy, but the frustrated Georgian didnt
know if he could tackle the dreaded "D" word again.
It wasnt like Justin, 27, had never
uttered the four-letter word before. Two failed attempts at a low-carb
lifestyle had left him leery and far from lean. He had watched his weight yo-yo
until the number on the scale peaked at 225 pounds.
Justin was perpetually exhausted and saddled
with back pain triggered by his protruding tummy. It's a fact that as little as
10 extra pounds of belly can add 100 pounds of pressure on your back!
Justin had suffered from serious back
problems since childhood. But when he reached adulthood, his aches became more
severe. One physician diagnosed his woes as arthritis. Another believed Justin
was suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a degenerative disease that strikes
Justin was determined to lead an ache-free
life. First he drop 15 pounds on his own. Then last June he placed his trust --
and his achy breaky back -- in the hands of the world's No. 1 online weight
loss website, eDiets.com.
The third try at dieting proved a charm for
Justin, who now weighs a sleek 164 pounds and sports a 32-inch waistline. The
pain that had long-plagued Justin is gone... and so too are his extra 46
"Between going to the chiropractor once a
week and losing weight, I dont hurt anymore," Justin tells eDiets. "I
used to feel like someone had stuck a knife between my shoulder blades. The
pain was probably because of all of the weight."
Our successful slimmer knew from the start
he had plenty of work to do if he was ever going to achieve permanent weight
loss. He could no longer stuff himself with TWO large pizzas or 27 chicken
wings at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. The 5'10" technical support manager
admits overeating had long been his dietary downfall, so the time had come to
master portion control.
"This diet has become a lifestyle change,"
Justin says. "I know for myself that I will never go back to eating a large
pizza or a 16-ounce steak or a pound of pasta for dinner.
With eDiets, the meal plan was there in
black and white. Whether it was the roasted turkey with potatoes or the healthy
bean stew, Justin could have his pick of healthy, hearty foods that filled him
up without filling him out. It wasnt long before the weight began to melt away.
"It works great!" he raves. "I follow the
meal plan by the book Monday through Friday afternoon. On Friday, I have a
light lunch and then I eat BBQ for dinner. I also go out to eat on Saturday
night. I eat everything else by the book. I basically eat the same stuff every
week: oatmeal for breakfast, Healthy Choice for lunch, and then I cook dinner."
Following a balanced meal plan was a
pleasant experience for Justin, who says his enthusiasm had quickly burned out
during his previous attempts at low-carb diets.
"With eDiets, you can eat whatever you
want," he explains. "When youre following the low-carb plan, you get
tired of eating eggs and eggs and eggs. With this you have more flexibility
than anything youve ever tried. If you get tired of one food, you choose
another. Its not like you dread eating three chicken breasts or a
20-ounce steak every night.
"I did the Atkins diet for six months. If
you can do that, this is a cake walk."
Faced with the demands a full-time career, a
wife and eight pets, Justin often finds himself pressed for time. Yet he still
found a way to squeeze in a regular exercise regimen. He kept Monday and
Wednesday nights reserved for 90 minutes of weight training. His ultimate goal
is to go from a trimmed down, but still saggy stomach to taut washboard abs.
Throughout his weight loss journey, Justin
would turn to an old photo of himself for motivation. The snapshot showed a
slender and sleek Justin just out of high school. There were those people who
told the determined dieter he would never get back his slim stature, but he
proved them wrong by following our New Dieting Solution.
Sure, there were times he had to fight off
temptation. But Justin handled the pressure by concocting a few survival
secrets. Several nights a week he would substitute a half-cup of Healthy Choice
ice cream for a piece of fruit. It was enough to get him through the tough
"The dedication is tough for the first three
months, but once you get used to eating smaller portions and watching everyone
else eat ice cream, brownies, cookies and cake, you will become immune and it
wont bother you anymore," he says.
Justin does have one regret -- he wishes
he'd gotten more involved with the eDiets support groups. It wasnt until
recently that he began posting on the Mens Room and sharing his success
story. Working with other members has given him the opportunity to help others
"Without a doubt, I wouldnt have been
able to do it without the eDiets program," he says. "If you dont know
what youre doing, youll lose a pound here or there but youre
not going to consistently melt it off like you will here."