*Results may vary from person to person
With three children under the age of six, Marina certainly has her work cut out for her. Having so little time to look after herself has had a not-surprisingly detrimental effect on her health and wellbeing.
Today Marina is in great physical shape, but at this time last year, she was anything but fit and well. She was uncomfortably large, lacked energy, suffered from dwindling self-esteem, and struggled with day-to-day living. The demands of a young family meant her needs were never being met. Real weight loss was but a dream.
“After I had the twins I really packed on the pounds, but I was so busy taking care of them and my oldest child that I was unable to spend any time taking care of myself,” she says.
“I guess I had no idea what I was supposed to be eating, and I didn’t do any exercise either.”
The pivotal moment
Watching The Biggest Loser on TV one night, Marina was glued to an episode in which the contestants were weighed in their underwear in front of friends and family. Emotions ran high and many tears were shed.
“I was sitting on the couch eating chocolate ice cream and watching all this going on on TV, so I decided to do the same thing and weigh myself,” she says. “It was a big shock. I made the decision right then and there to go online and sign up for The Biggest Loser Club. Once I started and got into it, I lost weight quickly, and I met others on the forums doing the same. It was really easy.”
In what seemed like no time at all, Marina had lost a little over 20 lbs. Six months later, she had shed an amazing 66 lbs - an incredible achievement for this super-busy, chronically tired mom.
“I found The Biggest Loser Club simple to use and I love that the membership is so inexpensive,” she says. “The fact that you can go online at any time to check calorie counts and monitor your progress is very motivating.”
Marina now recognizes the calorie content of many foods and says this knowledge has helped accelerate her weight loss results.
“I’ve done other diets, but it’s never been this easy to count calories,” she says. “You can see your intake right there on the screen. Seeing the calorie graph and seeing the fat blobs coming off is exciting and keeps you going. You end up retraining your brain to know what you actually need to eat to be healthy and lose weight, rather than just what you want to eat.”
A walk a day keeps the weight at bay
Marina has never been a huge fan of exercise, but she discovered that a simple one-hour walk each morning was enough to help her lose the weight she wanted, and then maintain that weight loss.
“Walking is my new healthy habit, and I am enjoying it so much. In fact, I think I'm addicted to it. It’s the only time I get to myself all day.”