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Gaye's Weight Loss Story

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Before and After Pictures:

Gaye before and after her weight loss


Gaye before and after her weight loss

Age: 46
Program: Focus
Start Date: 1/15/09
End Date: 6/1/09

  • Gaye extended by adding maintenance visits; last maintenance visit: 6/21/10
  • Gaye stopped in on 11/17/10, at which time she weighed and her body composition was retested; see all results below

Weight Changes:

  • Weight Loss (during initial program) : 250.1 to 203.5 (lost 46.6 lbs and 18.6% of her starting weight)
  • Total Weight Loss (including maintenance): 250.1 to 157.1 (lost 93 lbs and 37.2% of her starting weight)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI change): 42.3 to 26.5
  • Note: Gaye dropped in for a weigh-in on 11/17/10 and weighed 149.3, bringing her total weight loss to 100.8 lbs and 40.3% of her starting weight! We also re-tested her body composition - see results below.

Blood Lipid Changes (results from initial program only):

  • Total Cholesterol: 207 (high) to 160 (healthy)
  • LDL (bad) Cholesterol: 117 (high) to 83 (healthy)
  • HDL (good) Cholesterol: 75 (healthy) to 60 (healthy)
  • Triglycerides: 73 (healthy) to 83 (healthy)

Body Composition Changes:

  • Body Fat % (during initial program): 49.7% to 40.9% (reduced body fat by 8.8 percentage points, which represents an 18% reduction in this measure)
  • Waist (during initial program):  42" to 33.25" (lost 8.75 inches)
  • Hips (during initial program): 55.5" to 47.25" (lost 8.25 inches)
  • Note: We retested Gaye's body composition on 11/17/10, with the following results:
    • Body Fat % (from beginning until latest re-test): 49.7% to 31.3% (reduced body fat by 18.4 percentage points, which represents a 37% reduction in this measure)
    • Waist (from beginning until latest re-test): 42" to 30" (lost 12 inches)
    • Hip (from beginning until latest re-test): 55.5" to 41" (lost 14.5 inches)

Overcoming Obstacles (in patient's own words):

"My biggest challenge was deciding to commit to a total change; a lifestyle commitment for a lifetime. Additionally, I had to ignore 'opinions' of outsiders and do what was necessary to feel healthy; to be healthier for ME!"


Not intended to portray all results. Of course, individual outcomes vary and depend in part on degree of program adherence. That being said, our patients generally do very well!


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