Transformation of the Day: Giovanni lost 109 pounds. She tried to lose weight in the past but never fully committed. During a routine visit, her doctor suggested weight loss surgery, and that was her turning point. She decided to have the Gastric Sleeve procedure and embrace clean eating.
What was your motivation?
I was overweight until my early thirties. I tried to lose weight on my own, but I was never fully committed. Then one day, my primary care physician asked me during a routine visit if I ever thought about weight loss surgery. I said no, and that’s where my journey began.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
Yes. I had a Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery in April 2012.
What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
I love to see my health reports when I visit the doctor, and I adore the way I look now.
How did you change your eating habits? What foods did you stop or start eating?
During the first five years after my gastric sleeve, I practiced clean eating. (I ate yogurt, tuna, salads, lean proteins, etc.) I did not eat after 8 pm, and my stomach did the rest since I could only eat 4 ounces at a time.
I followed the guide book that I received after my gastric sleeve surgery. I stopped eating carbs and sweets. I started eating more greens and oatmeal as well. I also removed sugar from my diet, with the exception of yogurt.
What did your workout routine consist of?
I went to the gym with fidelity and did a mixture of cardio. Later on, I added weight training.
How often did you workout?
I exercised five to seven times a week for the first year. Then, I dropped to three to five times a week. Now, I exercise four to five times a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 274 pounds, and my current weight is 165 pounds.
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How long did your transformation take?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Poor eating habits will cause weight gain.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
- Drink lots of water.
- Gradually change your diet, so you do not starve your body and revert back to old habits.
- Eat clean 3 to 5 days a week.
- Stay away from the sweets, including beverages.