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"Healthy Carbs Helped Me Lose 145 Pounds"

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Alerted to the health dangers of being overweight, Samantha Szabo changed her lifestyle and her eating habits. Now she's 145 pounds lighter, and in better shape than she was in high school. Find out how she did it.

"I Did It!"

Name: Samantha Szabo
Age: 31
Height: 5'5"
Her Weight Before: 280
Her Weight After: 135
Pounds Lost: 145
At Current Weight: 1 year

Even at 280 pounds, Samantha Szabo considered herself athletic. "My weight didn't stop me from playing sports; I told myself I carried it well," says the Brooklyn physical-therapy assistant. But her career choice alerted her to the health hazards of being overweight, and she made changes that led to a 145-pound loss. "My energy level is higher, I move more gracefully -- even my skin glows."

Active, But Big

Samantha grew up on a "meat and potatoes" diet, but softball, track, basketball, and soccer kept her weight around 150 as a teenager. After her mother's death, her diet deteriorated. "I'd skip breakfast but chow down on chicken wings and beer at 10 p.m.," she says. By 26, she weighed 250; a few years later she was up to 280. Around then, she was studying to be a physical therapist. "I started to wonder if patients would take advice from someone my size," she says. "I decided to try to slim down."

Dieting Smart

Samantha began with a sensible low-carb eating plan. "I cut portions and replaced fried foods, white bread, and pasta with fish, vegetables, and whole grains." She also started eating breakfast. Within four months, she had dropped almost 50 pounds. Then she started walking two miles a day; later she joined a gym and added cardio and strength training. Ten months later, Samantha was down to 135 pounds.

"Everything is better since I got healthy," says Samantha. "I'm in better shape now than I was in high school."

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MikeGeary wrote:

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9/17/2014 11:15:13 AM Report Abuse
pferguson71 wrote:

This story is very inspiring to me. Congratulations Samantha!!! Great job. I am a 42 year old woman and I am 5ft 1/2in tall, and I weigh 210 pounds. I would love to try this diet plan that Samantha did, but have a very hard time eating fish. Can anyone help me with a healthy, low carb plan to lose at least 80 pounds. Samantha if you read these post please respond. I need help. I walk 4 miles pretty much every morning. PLEASE ADVISE AND HELP :o(

11/13/2013 11:50:21 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I lost 50 but have 30 to go. I am 179 and this is the hardest part as I cant excercise like I use to due to a hip replacement . I love cookies and wine that is my addiction. Just one cookie a day but still it adds the pounds. Congratulations on your weight loss. Amazing transformation.

11/12/2013 06:10:42 PM Report Abuse
calliehan wrote:

I've lost 125 pounds through healthy eating and exercise. I have another 100 pounds to go, but I'd love to share my journey with you:

8/25/2013 03:15:33 PM Report Abuse
savinyours247 wrote:

Definitely a motivating story. With Samantha being in my age range I can relate to everything in her story. I played soccer all 4 years of high school and add cross country & weight lifting my senior year. Now that I have a career that causes me to sit at a computer anywhere from 8.5 to 12.5hrs a day & rotating shifts. Finding someone that is able to lose this amount of weight in a year shows that it can be done. Way to Go!!

8/15/2012 08:53:47 AM Report Abuse

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