Doreen lost 15 pounds & 6.5 inches from her waist after discovering her untreated hypothyroidism & effectively managing her Hashimoto’s disease
MOLECULAR & CELL
BIOLOGY, UC BERKELEY
May 15, 2023
Nearly a lifetime of weight gain had taken its toll on Doreen. Twenty years of researching nutrition had made her an authority, but all the knowledge she applied seemed to take her further away from her weight loss goals.
Expert after expert brushed her off with the same ineffective advice - eat less and exercise more. If the doctors were listening to her concerns, they would’ve understood that she had been tirelessly tracking her 800-calorie intake and walking over 12,000 steps a day. That should have been enough.
To make matters worse, Doreen had suffered from multiple food allergies. Grains, legumes, dairy, and vegetables made her desperately ill. Outside of meat, everything she put into her body came out just as quickly.
Doreen before & after her body transformation
Suffering from chronic diarrhea and a leaky gut up to five times a day had her unhealthily popping Imodium A-D while leaving her dehydrated, uncomfortable, and embarrassed to do daily tasks most people take for granted.
Though she desired a thinner physique, her declining health pushed her to seek answers. When Doreen discovered that conventional doctors have less than ten hours of nutrition training, she became her own advocate and sought out an online weight loss coach for answers.
Doreen shares how working with an online weight loss coach changed everything
“I had to put on my own oxygen mask before I could help others with theirs.”
Doreen wanted to:
- Overcome the weight loss plateau and see the scale lower for the first time in years.
- Revisit her diagnosed food allergies and manage them better.
- Satisfy her love of exercise while seeing results.
- Feel compassion, support, and collaboration from a teammate.
“You were willing to collaborate and consider my suggestions to work towards my goals.”
Doreen signed up for my 8-Week Slim Down Jumpstart Program and brought a lot of data-driven, scientific knowledge and nutritional expertise. To achieve Doreen’s goals, I was able to meet her where she was at - eliminating what didn’t work to discover what would.
DOREENS WEIGHT LOSS RESULTS
“This has changed my life in ways that I can’t explain and I’m so grateful to you."
“Because of your network and through one of the many resources you shared, I discovered that I have a genetic disorder that creates digestive issues within my body.”
Within 8 weeks Doreen had lost an extraordinary 15 pounds and noticed substantial changes in her physical appearance:
- Her waist shrank 6.5 inches!
- Melted 3.5 inches off her hips.
- Lost 1.8 inches from her bust.
- Reduced her body fat by 2.9%.
A CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM TO MEET DOREEN’S NEEDS
Doreen is a prime example of how weight loss is more complicated than just “calories in and calories out”. Her extensive knowledge and unsuccessful attempts were taking a toll on her physical and mental health. In our first meeting, Masala Body was able to meet Doreen where she was
Doreen after our 8-week weight loss program.
1.) We knew she already lived a healthy lifestyle
- Her scientific background provided an analytical perspective of her body and its responses to food allergies.
- She incorporated daily cardio into her routine.
- She tracked her food and counted calories in a food journal.
2.) We identified the ways to burn fat more quickly.
- Weight loss is more than just data and numbers.
- Her food allergies were still aggressively attacking her body.
- Lots of cardio and less calories doesn’t always guarantee success.
3.) We developed a custom and individualized plan based on Doreen’s lifestyle and preferences.
- Doreen needed an empathetic and collaborative teammate.
- She needed to modify her exercise and diet.
- She needed to fully identify her underlying health issues and how to treat them individually.
Doreen had a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to work from. Because of this, we met her where she was at and gradually addressed the issues she couldn’t resolve previously.
“Through an interview you posted as a resource, I was able to identify my symptoms from their own struggles with digestive issues. From there, we integrated supplements I could take to immediately address many of my food allergies.”
Doreen before & after our 8-week weight loss program.
- Encouraged her to eat more and introduced breakfast into her daily routine.
- Recognized that cardio was causing stress to her body and was preventing weight loss. Together we established a more beneficial workout regiment.
- Suggested alternatives and supplements to manage allergies and assist in weight loss.
- Paired foods and adjusted portion sizes to work for her body.
Doreen reached well beyond 148, ending the 8 weeks at 141, and and is now in the 130s a month after the program ended!
IN THE END
Doreen is still reaping the rewards of the knowledge she’s gained in the 8-Week Slim Down Jumpstart Program. Before, her allergic reactions were crippling her life, but after the program, Doreen knows what she can eat to make her allergic reactions more manageable. Now instead of consistently taking Imodium AD and having an underlying fear of looking for bathrooms, she can take carefree trips and be fully engaged. She also feels more confident with the food she eats and uses portion sizes that are increasing her metabolism everyday.
Doreen doesn’t let hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease define her the way it used to and she’s loving the modified workouts that give better results in less time.
Now instead of being held back by what she can’t do, she embraces what she can with confidence: carefree travel, new sexy lingerie, and surprise lifts from her husband just like they did when they first fell in love!
New update from Doreen:
She has now lost 22 lbs a month after the program!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Read More…