Starting Weight: 300.5 pounds
Current Weight: 174.5 pounds
Total weight lost: 126 pounds*
*In a CMWL multicenter randomized trial involving 550 patients who followed a CMWL Low-Calorie Diet (LCD) or Modified LCD Program, both with and without appetite suppressants, the average weight loss was 2 pounds per week over a 12-week period. The research was wholly funded by an independent third party with the exception of travel expenses. According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, participants completing a 12-week medical weight loss program lost 11.1% of their body weight, on average. Results may vary.
I became motivated to lose weight when I went to Disney with my family and had to rent a scooter every day to get around. I was out of breath and my legs hurt so bad I couldn't keep up. That was the clincher for me.
After that time, I was at my doctors’ for a regular visit. While waiting to be called for my appointment, I started reading the brochures on The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) in the waiting room. I discussed CMWL with Dr. Pinto and set up a consultation right away. Dr. Pinto was very knowledgeable about the program and explained everything to me. I signed up the same day.
Before CMWL, I’d tried Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. I never finished either one, and gained back all the weight I had lost. The CMWL program has helped me lose more weight than I ever have before.
Betty’s Weight Loss Journey
I started in September 2010. It was very hard the first couple of weeks. I was hungry all the time and sometimes I felt sick in the stomach. I kept thinking about that next Disney trip and just took everything day-by-day and worked through it. It became easier and easier as the days passed.
It helped that CMWL gave me the right amount of calories to make me feel full and content, so I wouldn't want to cheat. I learned that exercise helps burn calories and the weight started coming off.
My biggest challenge was pasta. I’m Italian, and we love our pasta. My doctor taught me not to ever deprive myself – that if I really wanted the pasta, to have it, but to practice portion control.
Best Parts About Losing the Weight
My health is so much better. I’m not taking any blood pressure or cholesterol medicine at all. I walk 3 to 4 miles per day without getting out of breath. I really like all the compliments that I get from everyone – especially my husband, who tells me how good I look all the time.
To keep off the weight long-term, I plan on staying on the program until I reach my goal and then using all the tools I have learned about weight loss and exercising to keep it off.
My best advice to others is to take the program day-by-day. If you have a slip, just go on from there. Remember, if you really want to lose the weight, it will happen – faster than you think. I never thought when I started that I would have gotten this far. It’s made me a stronger person.
Favorite CMWL Product:Cafe Mocha Shake
Top Tip to Stay Motivated:Look in the mirror every day and love the thin person who is looking back at you.
What I Like Best About CMWL:It’s easy to prepare and to travel with the products and the program, both in everyday life and on the road.
At CMWL, I learned valuable information from Dr. Kaplan to help keep me moving forward
"Being both a CMWL doctor and patient, I have first-hand knowledge of how well this program works. I will never be overweight again."
"I got the same results without having surgery…I accomplished something I thought was impossible."