Renee Gilley-Gates, age 54
Renee lost: 31 pounds
Starting weight: 260
Current weight: 229
Longtime yo-yo dieter Gilley-Gates realized that rethinking her attitude toward food is just as crucial as changing what she eats. "I feel so much better eating healthier food," she says. "I don't get popcorn at the movies anymore and I've stopped eating doughnuts, and that's okay. It's just not worth the fat and calories."
Now a typical breakfast for Gilley-Gates is oatmeal, string cheese, and low-fat milk. For lunch she eats a salad with chicken and no-sugar-added applesauce. Dinner is fish or lean beef with veggies and a baked sweet potato.
Her healthy routine -- which includes three workouts a week -- has paid off. The jeans she bought last year but couldn't squeeze into are baggy now. "I'm surprised and thrilled that I own clothes that are too big for me," she says.
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