100 Pounds Lost Together!
Although their initial motivation to lose weight came from different experiences, Seth and Beverly have a common goal: to be healthier and grow old together without worrying about being at risk of diabetes and other health-related issues later in life. Through the Mayo Clinic Diet, this married couple regained their health, confidence and identities — and lost almost 100 pounds in the process!
"Before the Mayo Clinic Diet, my eating habits were much more of a roller coaster," Seth says. And since Beverly worked from home, she and Seth often ate at restaurants as an excuse to get out of the house. "For the most part, our diet lacked many important aspects of the food pyramid, especially the fruit and vegetable category," Seth admits about their old high-carb, high-fat diet.
Now, Seth and Beverly incorporate whole grains and lean meats and at least one serving of both fruits and vegetables into every meal, and they also share entrees when dining out. "I was never a big vegetable eater, but since starting the Mayo Clinic Diet, I have found that it's all about how these foods are prepared," Beverly says. "I love zucchini, squash and broccoli, and a few years ago I wouldn't even try them!"
The couple's new healthy eating habits soon inspired changes with exercise. Before starting the diet, Seth says, the couple was "much more sedentary and watched TV or played games inside rather than getting out and doing something active." Now? "Finally, exercise has really been ingrained in our lives. We work out together and take part in activities, like inline skating and running." The fit pair has also participated in a number of 5K races!
Seth and Beverly can now look to their future with assurance. "We will continue to eat a variety of foods from the different food groups, along with maintaining an active lifestyle," Beverly says. "The Mayo Clinic Diet gave us a road map, and now we need to just stay the course."
Healthy and happier than ever
Trimmer waistlines aside, Seth says the improvement in their relationship is one of the biggest rewards of the diet. "We're much happier and more intimate than we were before!"
Sweets in moderation
As a self-proclaimed "chocolate lover," Beverly admits that the first two weeks were hard. "But after Lose It!, the diet is about healthy choices, moderation and continuing with exercise," she says. "I never felt deprived."
"We have really learned about what true portions are and can now make better decisions," Seth says. "The idea of visualizing foods like fish and chicken and then comparing [their size] with a deck of cards really hit home."
Advice from Seth
"I found that it was easier to focus on my diet first and then slowly work in exercise through small walks and activities that were fun and vigorous, rather than following a sophisticated routine right from the start. That's not to say that I don't think exercise is important, but the truth of the matter is that losing weight is about calories in versus calories out. You can exercise for hours, but if you eat enough calories to offset your workout, it won't do any good. I saw plenty of initial weight loss, and then I became more motivated to increase and add exercise over time."
*Participants can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.