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Alex P.

45 Pounds Lost!

Height: 5’8", Age: 61

I have been active most of my life, and I always considered myself to be healthy. However, I slowly picked up poor dietary habits, which left me constantly feeling too tired to exercise, and I made up for it by eating even more. It was a vicious circle, and my business suits were about as tight as they could get. When I stepped on the scale, I realized I weighed 212 pounds. Ugh! I was motivated to lose weight and get healthy again by a combination of life events. I got a serious wake-up call when I developed a major blood clot in my leg, followed by a diagnosis of low-grade hypertension, prediabetes and a heart arrhythmia. I thought I was in good health, but in reality I was not.

I started the Mayo Clinic Diet and initially set a goal of dropping 25 pounds, which I surpassed in the first six weeks! I continued to lose weight, and my sleep, blood pressure and heart rate improved, too. I have noticeably more energy and just feel good most of the time.

Before the Mayo Clinic Diet, I ate whatever was appealing to me and paid little attention to portion control. Now I eat a well-balanced breakfast every day, and I'm very aware of the amount of sugar — particularly processed sugar — in foods and avoid it as much as I can. I also eat more fruits and vegetables, and the Mayo Clinic Diet taught me how to visually gauge portions better.

I am now at the weight I carried when I was a captain on active duty in the Marine Corps. I have begun to buy new clothes in sizes I never thought I would see again, and my “fat pants” are in storage. The Mayo Clinic Diet helped me change my life!

Favorite Snack
There are so many healthy snack options that it's hard to pick a favorite! But one food that wasn't in my normal mix of snacks before is almonds. They're a great source of protein and healthy fat. I just don’t eat too many at a time since they are also relatively high in calories.

Biggest Surprise
I was pleasantly surprised at how fulfilling and easy to follow the Mayo Clinic Diet is. It doesn’t leave you craving something else. It’s a well-balanced, commonsense diet.

Favorite Exercise Routine
This year, running has been the big thing for me. I never thought I would be able to run again after experiencing a near-fatal bicycle accident about 9 years ago. I began slowly and in shorter distances, but now run almost every day. I typically run three miles at a stretch, but have found myself running four, five, six, eight and even 10 miles! I also like to ride my bike, lift light weights and do various exercise DVDs.

Effective Weight-Loss Strategy
I log my weight, nutrition intake, exercise, blood pressure and heart rate every day and take my measurements each week. Logging everything helps me stay motivated to keep going. I also think it's important to have an accountability partner. Trying to lose weight in a vacuum can be hard. Bring someone along with you who can help you celebrate your successes or motivate you to keep going when you hit some rough spots.

*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

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