Digest Diet: Adrienne’s Weight-Loss Success Story

After the first phase of the Digest Diet, Adrienne's weight loss was seven pounds; then she went on to shed 18 pounds total by day 21.

Adrienne Before and After the Digest DietErin Patrice O'Brien

Meet: Adrienne Farr • Her weight before Digest Diet: 209 pounds • Her weight after: 191 pounds • Total lost: 18 pounds! • Inches lost: 9.5 total! 1.5 inches of belly fat! • Health gains: “I am a lot less anxious.”; Reduced back and knee pain • Also: Blood pressure decreased from 128/82 to 104/6; Reduced total body fat by 6.4%

Adrienne’s busy lifestyle as an executive assistant has made it difficult to find the time for healthy habits. But she was ready to change when the scale climbed past 200. Her back and knees hurt, and she was worried about her health: “I knew that my cholesterol was high and my blood pressure (although normal) was creeping higher.” A former high school gymnast, Adrienne, 36, yearned to be fit again.

Her first step to success? Healing her mind: “Sadly, even when I was fit and in great shape, I still thought I was fat. I look at pictures from years ago, and I am shocked. I can’t believe how small I was, yet I thought I was fat.” Now Adrienne says, “I feel strong and healthy mentally; I want my body to match.”

Within days of starting the plan, her energy was soaring. “I literally jumped out of bed at five a.m. I have never done that.” She also found that her food tastes naturally shifted. “I craved greens—spinach, broccoli, fennel. That’s new for me.”

At her first weigh-in, Adrienne lost an amazing seven pounds in four days. “When I saw that happen, I thought, ‘Obviously it is working!’ Cupcakes, candy, junk food outside my office—I ignored it. I didn’t want anything to derail me.”

Another big surprise: Bringing more fun into each day helped the pounds melt off. “I loved watching old TV programs—Rhoda, Good Times, 227, All in the Family, Three’s Company—it made me laugh out loud.” To add more movement to each day, she woke up early each morning and danced in her living room.

She enjoys knowing that her success was achieved by doing something grounded in science. “This didn’t feel like a fad diet at all. I never thought it was possible to lose so much weight so quickly and in such a healthy way. This is something I can do for the rest of my life.” But most of all, she likes how this way of taking care of herself makes her feel both physically and emotionally. “I feel healthy. My skin is glowing, and I don’t have headaches anymore! I feel completely optimistic.”

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