I started on May 17, 2007 at 193.8 lbs. at a height of 5’6” and age 46 years.
It was amazing the benefits I realized within the first week, such as the swelling that left my face and the ability to move my body without much effort. I have suffered from groin pulls, knee pain, asthma, back, neck and shoulder pain from carrying an excessive amount of breast tissue… discomfort in all my clothes… deep grooves in my shoulders from bra straps… and the list goes on. I also suffered from headaches a couple of times a week and approximately four migraines a year. I suffered from hip and back pain and stiffness that left me out of commission for four months… and high cholesterol in January 2007, and then I started to get winded during a simple walk from the subway. I knew then that… I needed to take control.
I am currently 123.6 lbs. (a total loss of 70 lbs.). I went from a size 18 down to a size 4-6.
Since starting the program, I have had two headaches in total caused by barometric pressure. I have not had any episodes of asthma, my knees no longer plague me and I am now able to wear high heels. The muscle spasms and knots in my shoulders and back have disappeared… I have had no recurrence of groin or hip/back pain… my cholesterol dropped to normal levels in the first month on the program, my blood pressures have all been very good and my resting heart rate is excellent. Cellulite that defined by legs, buttocks and arms is no longer present…. and now reveals the contours of muscle making my arms and legs more shapely.
From the date of starting the diet, all incidents of heartburn, acid indigestion, reflux, gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation ceased – in fact, everything internally works efficiently and I feel “normal” each and every day. I no longer suffer from lethargy… in fact, it is effortless to move my body now… I feel like a teenager with tons of energy. People now tell me I look taller due to my leaner physique. The biggest change I feel is how my face transformed from being puffy and bloated to lean – I now have a defined jaw line.
I now take pride in my appearance… for so long I stopped caring and did not put the effort into presentation. I now dress in colour, rather than just the slimming blacks, navys and browns. Rather than wearing tops and blouses over pants for coverage, it is now wonderful to be able to tuck them in and to accessorize with belts…. I rarely wore necklaces as they would cut my neckline in half. It is now a pleasure to be able to wear necklaces, scarves and long earrings again. I used to hate shopping for clothes – it was depressing that clothes did not fit right or at all and did not look good on. Now I love to shop.
What I find amazing is that, when I was heavy, I became invisible to the world… I must admit that I wanted to be invisible and would hide behind my plus size clothes and hated being in crowded places. Now, people are courteous and pleasant, make eye contact, and initiate conversations. Before I was not happy with myself, so it was difficult for me to be content with my life. Now I love myself and as a result my relationships have been enriched.
People think that it is too good to be true, that it is a hard diet that you starve on it and I try to tell people that it really is the easiest thing I have ever done. I tell them that there are, no word of a lie, no cravings and no hunger and they are dumbfounded. I tell them that the biggest benefit for me is the feeling of health and that everything works correctly – you feel normal each and every day! Or rather the “new normal.”
I did my research about Dr. B.’s diet, looked at everything on the website, spoke with those I knew doing or who had done the diet, e-mailed and called the clinic with questions before deciding to undertake the program. I had never been a big believer in diets before because of the huge failure rate I’d seen in people with other plans. But after researching Dr. B.’s program, I knew it was the only diet I would consider because of all the support systems and medical supervision provided throughout the strict program and maintenance. I decided at the outset that I was going to be a “lifer.” Maintenance to me is the key to keeping the weight in check. Yes, the Dr. Bernstein program is a club that anyone experiencing any amount of overweight or poor nutrition should join.
I have woken out of my obesity and unhealthy lifestyle to a life full of energy, positive outlook, self-love instead of loathing… in short, a life meant to be lived to the fullest extent! I have a new lease on life and all thanks go to Dr. Bernstein! He has changed my life forever. He has taken the confusion out of eating healthy balanced meals and led me on a sensible path to maintaining my new body. I am eternally grateful!
Thank you. N.A.<P