• Meet: Joe Rinaldi • His weight before Digest Diet: 394 pounds • His weight after: 368 pounds • Total lost: 26 pounds! • Inches lost: 7.5 total! 2 inches of belly fat! • Health gains: Less knee pain; Easier breathing when walking up stairs • Also: “I feel in control of my eating.”
Even though he’s always been active, Joe Rinaldi has been struggling with his weight for some time. “I have been on diets all my life. I have counted points, done Nutrisystem, LA Weight Loss . . . You name it, I tried it.” They worked for a while, and then the weight would return.
Over the past two years, the weight began to seriously interfere with his life. He struggled to ice skate with his four children, one of their favorite ways to have fun together. “It’s hard to tie my skates and get my equipment on. I’m in tons of pain. I have to take breaks. I’d like to chase them all down instead of sitting down.”
So he was highly motivated to try again. “I don’t know what you can lose in twenty-one days, but it will be a good start,” he said before Day 1. Well, he lost 26 pounds in three weeks! Not just a good start, but a great one! His wife and several coworkers did the diet with him, and the group support kept him on track. “Having people checking in on me and pulling for me has kept me one hundred percent on it.” But at this point, Joe’s motivation comes from within. “I honestly love the diet. If you follow it, it really works. I even set my parents up with it.” Another key factor was discovering that he could enjoy healthy food. “After those first days of soups and shakes, I was actually craving good food.”
He admits that the first days on the diet were challenging. “But once I got over that hump, it was smooth sailing. As we started eating more, my cravings went away. I never thought twenty pistachios would hold me, but they did.” He also made sure to add some fun into each day by playing with his daughters and doing puzzles.
After three short weeks, he finds it easier to breathe when he’s walking up steps, and his right knee feels less pain. But that’s not all. “I have more energy. I feel like I have control of my eating. I even feel more confident at work. My clothes fit better, and I’m looking forward to taking the rest of my weight off. I feel like I am out of the rut I was in.”
At this pace, he’ll be skating rings around his youngsters in no time.