Weight Loss Story: Laura Kaplan



City: Barrington

Age: 29



Profession: Student

Height: 5’3



Beginning Weight: 234

Ending Weight: 165 and decreasing still



Size Before: 18

Current Size: 10 or smaller



How long has it taken you to reach your goal?: I’m not at my goal quite yet, but it has taken me 8 months so far. I’ve already lost 1/3 of my original weight.

What was your motivation to lose weight?: I went to a new doctor after my previous doctor left the practice I was going to. It had taken me a little while to find a new one. I found out I had to start high blood pressure medication, was borderline pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, and was iron deficient anemic and it was all due to being obese. I am too young for all that. I was somewhat sad and frustrated at first, but that only lasted half a day before I took action on changing my life.



How often do you work out?: typically 6 days a week

What were your worst diet habits before you began to lose weight?: I had a lot of bad food habits.
I would eat too much very often–I did not even know what how much I should really eat or what proper portions looked like. I would get a lot of food cravings (especially at night) but not know exactly what I was craving and end up eating whatever I could find to try and figure out the craving until I could not really eat anymore. I was bouncing back and forth from being a vegan to eating whatever, and when I was not a vegan I would end up indulging in too many of the foods that were giving me health problems–especially dairy foods like cheeses and desserts. I love to cook and bake, but I would not take any consideration into what I was making and whether it was good for me or not. I ate a dessert usually twice a day–I definitely did not practice moderation.



What dietary changes did you make? I made a lot of changes.

First of all, I recommitted to being a long-term vegan. Veganism really works for me because I feel strongly about it being good for me and the planet and it helps me feel healthier and happier when I stick to it. However, it is completely possible to eat really bad foods as a vegan still (potato chips, pasta, chocolate, baked goods, snacks, and plenty of other foods can still be vegan). So I had to do much more than that.



I started out by making sure I had an apple a day because I do like apples, and because of the saying which helped me remember to eat it. Eventually, I kept track of how many servings of fruits and veggies a day I eat, and keep a tally daily and try to break my record of the most servings I have ever eaten in a day. So far, the record is about 16 servings in a day. However, 5 of those servings typically come in the form of a shake with greens and other fruits and veggies in it.

I started using a website called sparkpeople.com that helped me monitor my calorie intake, micro and macronutrients, and other factors. It gave me a report every day that I could see how I was doing with all that, and it helped a lot. It varied at times depending on my weight and activity level, but I began eating from about 1600-1900 calories a day. It depended on the foods I chose daily but I tried to stick to that range. Sparkpeople also had a lot of articles on nutrition and tips about reducing sodium intake, or getting more protein, and eating less sugar, etc, that helped me learn more about these issues which actually made me think I might want to study nutrition more in depth.



I now believe in moderation of all things. It is okay to have snack food once in a while, or sweets, but for me I try to only have it as a treat. Salty and savory snacks I will maybe let myself have one serving of (according to the package) a day at most. I’ve also replaced a lot of my favorite snack foods with healthier and more low calorie options like rice cakes, fruits, or veggies. I try to only eat really sweet foods three times a week or so at most (and that is a generous week).

What is your go to healthy snack?: A green shake with some protein powder in it or a rice cake with a topping of some sort such as hummus

What food will you not give up?: good question. I cannot think of one very easily. I want to say peanut butter or another type of nut butter, though.

What is your favorite thing about losing weight?: Find a plan that you will stick to and that’s more than just a fad diet. In order for the weight loss to last and be maintained, you need to change your habits and mind about what is truly healthy for you and practice making healthy decisions regarding food and other factors.
Find exercise and fitness activities that you truly enjoy or at least make you feel good, but also challenge yourself to face your fitness fears. I hated the idea of running (but also really wanted to make it possible for me) so I tackled that fear and am constantly improving and beating my personal records all the time.
Do it for you primarily. It does help to have a lot of support from people close to you though. Sometimes you will run into people that doubt you though inevitably and don not let that get in the way of your progress. Just tell yourself you will surprise them and make sure you do!



What are your future fitness goals?: Find a plan that you will stick to and that’s more than just a fad diet. In order for the weight loss to last and be maintained, you need to change your habits and mind about what is truly healthy for you and practice making healthy decisions regarding food and other factors.
Find exercise and fitness activities that you truly enjoy or at least make you feel good, but also challenge yourself to face your fitness fears. I hated the idea of running (but also really wanted to make it possible for me) so I tackled that fear and am constantly improving and beating my personal records all the time.
Do it for you primarily. It does help to have a lot of support from people close to you though. Sometimes you will run into people that doubt you though inevitably and don not let that get in the way of your progress. Just tell yourself you will surprise them and make sure you do!

What advice do you have for others to inspire them to lose weight?: Find a plan that you will stick to and that’s more than just a fad diet. In order for the weight loss to last and be maintained, you need to change your habits and mind about what is truly healthy for you and practice making healthy decisions regarding food and other factors.
Find exercise and fitness activities that you truly enjoy or at least make you feel good, but also challenge yourself to face your fitness fears. I hated the idea of running (but also really wanted to make it possible for me) so I tackled that fear and am constantly improving and beating my personal records all the time.
Do it for you primarily. It does help to have a lot of support from people close to you though. Sometimes you will run into people that doubt you though inevitably and don not let that get in the way of your progress. Just tell yourself you will surprise them and make sure you do!

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