The key to success
has been most important to Jaci's success?
"Sticking with it. I
know people who have lost 100 pounds in a year," she says. "It's taken me 4
years, and I feel like I know how to do it and I know what I'm doing. I feel
like I have a better chance of keeping it off.
"I think if you
lose weight too fast, it could come back just as quickly as you lost it." She
thinks people who do crash dieting haven't had "the chance to really learn what
their body needs and doesn't need. I think if you lose weight too quickly, for
one, you're not doing something right, something healthy.
of people I hear, they cut stuff out of their diet in order to lose weight. I
don't think that's healthy. I don't think you can always keep something out of
your diet—like a food group or a type of food. If you want a hamburger and
french fries, have a hamburger and french fries. Just have it in moderation."
"I don't like to say I can't have something. That's when I feel
it's more a diet than a lifestyle change."
The importance of support
Jaci is part of a weight-loss program
with regular weigh-ins and meetings. "That's a big thing for me, being held
She likes to go to the meetings for "the ideas and
the struggles. Seeing other people go through the same thing is probably the
best part about the meetings."
"Once people started noticing and saying, 'Wow, you look great,' even
after 10, 15 pounds… that gave me the confidence to know, ‘Hey, I can do this.'
Jaci's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Jaci, to protect her privacy.
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