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"I Quit Yo-Yo Dieting and Lost Half My Size"

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Allison Roberts got a grip on her out-of-control eating and lost 130 pounds.

The Yo-Yo Is a No-No

Name: Allison Roberts
Age: 42
Height: 5'4"
Weight Before: 290 pounds
Weight After: 160 pounds
Pounds Lost: 130
Time at Current Weight: 2 years

A bribe in her teens led to a 20-year pattern of yo-yo dieting for Allison Roberts. "I weighed 200 pounds in the ninth grade, and my mom told me she'd buy me a leather jacket if I lost 50 pounds," says the documentation specialist from East Hartford, Connecticut. Allison restricted her calories to 1,000 per day and eventually got her jacket -- wine-colored and belted. But one can only subsist on grapefruit and tuna for so long. Allison gained back the weight, and lost it, and gained it back...eventually hitting 290 pounds in her late 30s.

The Plane Truth

Allison would typically keep the weight off for six months (through low-calorie diets, no exercise), then pack it back on during periods of bingeing. Her seesaw eating and sluggish lifestyle led to a slew of health problems by the age of 35, including high blood pressure, chronic heartburn, and aching feet from carrying almost 300 pounds on a five-foot, four-inch frame. "I couldn't do anything active and I felt like I was missing out," she recalls. "I went to a ski resort with my family and friends and I was too embarrassed to even try it; I just stayed in the chalet and read a book." The coup de grace? On a trip to Hawaii four years ago, she was mortified when the airplane dinner tray wouldn't lie flat over her lap.

No More Yo-Yo

Something had to change, so Allison decided to try Weight Watchers. "Over the years, I had a lot of significant motivational moments, but none of them got me to make permanent changes in my eating habits," she says. This time, the impetus to lose weight was matched with an eating program she could really live with. Allison dropped 20 pounds in two months. Inspired, she started walking the connecting walkway between Hartford and East Hartford (about one-half mile total) on her lunch breaks three times a week. Within a year, she had lost 100 pounds and beefed up her exercise routine by joining a gym, shedding another 30 pounds.

Today virtually nothing keeps Allison from daily exercise -- even when she has to squeeze it in at four on busy mornings. "Working out has made me feel younger than I did at 20," she says.

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3/24/2012 03:07:40 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

To see the 'after' picture, you have to click: Next: Allison's Weight-Loss Plan

5/14/2011 04:03:13 PM Report Abuse
tuulen_tarpoja wrote:

I agree, where is the after picture. It is not as effective with out it.

1/26/2011 12:41:12 PM Report Abuse
eileen_eldrich wrote:

Where's the "after" picture?

3/27/2010 02:01:55 PM Report Abuse

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