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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