Featured Reader: Debi Unger

Debi Unger describes her transformation…
Body Transformation:
Height: 5’ 3 ½”
Size:
Before: Between 4 and 6.
After following Fire Up Your Metabolism: 0 or 1.
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BEFORE Photo
Weight:
Before: 138
After: 116
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What Debi Did
I found out that my scale had been wrong and I was really ten pounds heavier than I had thought! I bought the book Fire Up Your Metabolism and started to follow every step of it. I went to the supermarket and changed all of my eating habits.

Debi’s Favorite Part of the Process
I have lots of favorite parts. The best is buying new clothes; a junior size extra small bikini was a highlight. I am continuously giving away clothes that no longer fit.

One of the best moments was being a competitor in the Miami Fitness Festival, led by Roberto Milani, Fitness Instructor of Crunch Fitness. I had to buy some new clothes. It was the first time in awhile where I was in a beach environment where I felt I looked great!

Compliments are also my favorite part. People come up to me and ask me what I did to lose weight.

Debi’s Diet
I follow Fire Up Your Metabolism religiously. For breakfast I always have oatmeal, a banana, and a portion (size measurement in the book) of Alpine Lace cheese. At 11AM while at work, I have a Dannon Light-N-Fit yogurt with either Cheerios or Fiber One mixed in. My 3 pm snack is either Ak-Mak or Wasa crackers with almonds. I usually vary lunch and dinner. Before working out I have crackers with hummus, fat-free cottage cheese and/or almond butter (my absolute favorite). I have also discovered whole wheat pretzels without salt, whole wheat challah bread, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat pizza which I love to have for lunch.

Having an Asian sister-in-law has its’ perks too as Nanette Unger has taught me about the Eastern way of eating healthy. She makes delicious summer rolls for the beach and holidays; a great snack! They are composed of Spring Roll wrapper, Steamed Shrimp (you can also substitute for chicken, etc.), Vermicelli, Bean Sprouts, Lettuce, and Mint. Very tasty and fits in line with Fire Up Your Metabolism! No matter what culture of food you prefer, the book applies to all.

While strolling home from the gym, I often find myself going into my favorite restaurant, Nonna (85th Street and Columbus, NYC). I am able to maintain my diet by ordering antipasta, antipasta chopped salad with shrimp (which the chef, Merrill Moore, makes the best for me), or some other with a great variety of fish (the tuna is my favorite). This all falls right in line with Fire Up Your Metabolism. This proves that eating out is never a problem when trying to lose and/or maintain my weight.

Debi’s Exercise:
I work out at least six (6) days a week. I take classes and work on my own. My favorite class for a fun and light change of pace, is Latino Grooves, taught by Roberto Melani of Crunch Fitness. On my own, I participate in boxing, kickboxing, ballet, plyometrics, and weight training. I also run intervals, just like the book (now I can run up to 8.5 for speed) and jump rope. Because of my workout, I have slimmed out and changed my body even more in conjunction with my diet.

Debi’s Word Of Advice:
Variety is the key to losing weight and staying fit. Vary your workout; I never do the same thing everyday. I take classes and try new things. Most of all, I challenge myself and leave my “comfort zone” when working out feels too easy (increase speed, etc.). Change the foods you eat as well – there are so many foods to choose from in Fire Up Your Metabolism that you don’t have to eat the same foods all the time. If you always eat the same foods, it may lead to going astray and excessively eating “rarely” foods that the book permits eating occasionally, not in excess.

If you are following the book with a good workout plan and see results, spread the word and share it. I have shared my information with so many people who are now losing weight and changing the way they feel and look. Seeing results on others’ is the best part of my transformation!!

I began to regularly practice Fire Up Your Metabolism and found that continuing to maintain my journal that is recommended in the book is critical. I began to regularly practice Fire Up Your Metabolism in August, 2004. To date, I continue to maintain my journal that is recommended in the book. It is a great way to monitor my weight, what I’ve eaten, etc. Maintaining this journal has been a very important part of my success.

Note to females: I realized that during my period, my weight went up several pounds, but would go back down once my period was gone, so don’t get discouraged if this happens to you. It is only water weight.

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Featured Reader: Janice Masvidad

Janice Masvidad’s Transformation with The Nutrition Twins
Height: 5’ 9½”
Size: Before: pushing the limits of 14 — After: 6 or 8
Weight Before: 195
Weight After: 145
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Janice tells us how she did it with The Nutrition Twins:

About 2 years after being treated for breast cancer, and a year after a hysterectomy, my weight and body felt and looked terrible. I knew that I needed to change my eating and exercising habits – not just go on a diet. The changes needed to be permanent and part of my life going forward, not just a quick fix. I heard about the Nutrition Twins thru the NBC Fitness Center at work and called them. We met in one-on-one (actually one-on-Twins) counseling sessions where the Twins helped me set up strategies for healthy eating and exercising.

Janice’s Describes Her Favorite Part of the Process:

There are so many parts of the process that I like. I like the surprised reaction of people who have not seen me in a while. I like being asked for advice on losing weight and getting into shape. I like the way I look. I love buying new clothes. I like the way I feel. But my favorite part is what my doctors have said to me about my health and physical condition now -Two of them have even asked me for advice on getting fit!

Janice tells us about her eating with The Nutrition Twins:

I started out by following the individual plan the Twins devised for me. We planned how I could eat about 5 times a day so that I would never get hungry while eating nutritious foods that I actually liked. I also purchased a comprehensive calorie counter book and kept a daily food journal with a running total of my calorie consumption. Breakfast during the week is an egg white omelet with mushrooms or herbs with a whole grain pita or other bread (less than 150 calories total). When I arrive at work I snack on about a half cup of whole grain cereal (Barbara’s) with my coffee as I read my email. At 11AM, I eat either a Dannon Light-N-Fit yogurt or an apple. My 4:00 pm snack could be an apple, a 100 Calorie Snack pack – the Ritz chips are my favorite- or a low calorie snack bar. I usually vary lunch and dinner. I’ve started bringing my lunch to work; this allows me to eat foods I really like and control the portion size. I’ve learned how to cook low fat versions of Indian food and so I usually eat veggie based lunches. I find that when I am eating something that is spiced and flavorful I eat less and feel satisfied. Dinners are generally some grilled protein – chicken, fish or less often meat, veggies – either steamed, sautéed with olive oil & garlic, or grilled, and sometimes a half cup of rice, wheat pilaf, or couscous (this depends on how many calories I’ve consumed during the day) I find that if I always have a low calorie snack in my bag, I never get so hungry that I wind up eating something because it is available, rather than what I should eat. On the weekends I vary my breakfast and daytime snacks using the calorie count as my guide. I also include a glass or two or wine or a cocktail with my dinner. I find that eating out is easy – I know all the calorie counts and order with my limits in mind- AND I never feel deprived.

Janice’s Describes Her Exercise:

I have set up a room in my house as a gym. Every workday morning I start my day by exercising there – 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer and 15-20 minutes of weight training. I have a training routine that varies the body part being worked on and I make sure that I continuously vary the exercises. Once every two weeks, I have a boxing trainer come to my home and train me. This is an intense 1 hour session that includes 4 rounds of boxing and then mat exercises with a 12 lb medicine ball. My training routine and workouts have made a radical change in my body which would not have been possible through diet alone.

Janice’s Word Of Advice:

Consciousness about what you are eating and how you are exercising is key. If you plan what you are going to eat and know how many calories you have consumed during the day, you can stay on track. Since this is a life change, not a temporary diet, variety is critical. Having a large personal menu of foods that work with your lifestyle keeps the focus on your eating plan being a lifetime plan, not a diet. I constantly look for and try new ways to prepare old favorite dishes or learn new cooking techniques. I vary the intensity and duration of my workouts so that I don’t do them on auto-pilot and on days I really don’t feel like working out- I push myself to do something. It’s amazing how once I start exercising it feels good and I can get into it.