• Meet: Christina Ierace • Her weight before Digest Diet: 145 pounds • Her weight after: 134 pounds • Total lost: 11 pounds! • Inches lost: 7 total! 2 inches of belly fat! • Health gains: “My knees don’t hurt anymore.” • Also: Increased optimism and happiness; Vigorous activities feel easier
Christina, 26, is the ultimate multitasker, working a full-time job as a secretary, while also being a full-time student. Burning the candle at both ends definitely has its downsides, though. “I stopped being as active, and my metabolism slowed down. It all just catches up to you. I’ve only started gaining weight in my twenties; it’s been hard.” The stress is also affecting her life in other ways. “I can definitely use better sleep. Also, my right knee hurts, and I notice that once I lose weight, it goes away.”
All of this motivated her to try again to make a change that would stick. But when she heard about the diet from her aunt, she was a little wary. She’d worked hard on diet after diet, and all ended up disappointing her. “I’ve tried the no-carb, low-carb, and eating less, but I couldn’t handle it because I was so hungry all the time. I am sick of the yo-yo dieting and the minimal and unstable results.”
She committed to and followed the diet closely and was pleasantly surprised to find that the foods fit her busy lifestyle. “I really found it easy when it was a shake for dinner,” she says, referring to the Fast Release phase. In later stages of the plan, she loved the Big-Batch Roast Chicken and what seems to be a team favorite, the Peperonata with Fennel.
She also found that moving every day was key to sticking with it. She made it a point to walk more, squeezing in 10 minutes here or there and asking friends to join her instead of socializing over meals. “My friends are very supportive and always want to exercise or go bike riding.” Some days were harder to exercise than others, but worth it. “When I work out, I don’t want to eat junk food because I just worked my butt off.” On the Digest Diet, she’s flourished, losing the weight she aimed to shed and discovering a healthy life balance that works for her. One of the first things she plans to do next: Give herself a much-needed vacation and revel in her newfound self-confidence. “I just bought a size four skirt yesterday! Instead of saying that I want to go on a diet, I can just say I want to stay the way I am.”