Some of our EatRight alumni have been kind enough to share their experiences with you. Here are a few of their stories:
“EatRight is the first plan, out of many weight loss plans that I have tried, that enabled me to lose all the weight that I wished to lose. Not only did I reach and exceed my weight loss goal, I lost 34 pounds, that I set for the first 12 weeks of the program, but I was able to continue to lose. I have maintained the weight loss for almost a year and feel confident that I will never be faced with a weight problem again.”
“I began the EatRight program in June of 2000. At that point I weighed 248. I knew I had to do something soon! Today my weight is 208. I feel great. The EatRight program is just the framework I needed to not only lose weight, but more importantly, keep it off. "
“I have always had a weight problem to some degree. I reached my high water mark in 1992, at 242 pounds. During this time I jogged and walked 2 to 3 miles four or five times a week, so I was not totally sedentary. Unfortunately, I also did not have good eating habits and kept gaining."
“When I reached my high water mark in 1992, I decided to do something. What I did was fast for a week, followed by 6 weeks of liquid dieting. It worked. Within 2 months I was down to 187. It only took me 8 years to gain it all back! If I had known about the EatRight program in 1992, I would have never gained the weight back. Motivation or will power has not been my problem. The lack of a sensible plan has been my downfall."
“I must give credit to my wife, Barbara. She was the one who found the EatRight program and convinced a skeptical husband to give it a try."
“I can't say enough good things about EatRight. It simply works. I kidded Barbara that EatRight was the first thing we have ever done together on a regular basis, for fun. That's not exactly true, but for me, it sure beats bowling or movies!”
“I have been so thrilled with the EatRight program. It has all the elements I've been looking for to support my efforts to become healthier and, an added benefit, to lose weight. A well-balanced healthy eating and living program that can be adopted for life with instruction from knowledgeable nutritionists is truly a formula for success!”
“An important difference to me in the EatRight program is the emphasis on nutrition education. The classes are taught by instructors with advanced degrees in nutrition and for me to understand the nutritional value of the everyday foods I eat is very beneficial. I had been on the Atkins "Diet" for a period of time, had lost weight (AND gained it back) but was never quire sure how safe this way of eating really was. EatRight is not a diet, and has become a way of life for me. I am much more in control of what I eat now. I can choose pizza or Chinese, but now when I make these choices I am also aware of their nutritional value. I choose mostly fruits and vegetables, because that is what I prefer. We are very fortunate to have the EatRight program in the Birmingham area. I am 51 and have lost 30 pounds to date!”
“I have been on every diet known to man -- Atkins Protein diet, Scarsdale Medical diet, the grapefruit diet, the so-called Mayo Clinic diet, just to name a few. Yes, I lost weight on these diets. I also gained it all back plus a lot more. I never kept the weight off more than a few months. I felt like I was a failure."
"The EatRight program saved my life! This program has helped me learn that with a few changes in my lifestyle, I can lose weight, enjoy what I eat, eat what I want, and never feel as if I have been deprived. I feel better, I have more energy, and can now enjoy many activities that I had given up because I was too heavy. (I actually tried to water ski last summer.) But more importantly, I have learned that I am not a failure! I am not on a diet. I am in a lifestyle-changing program, and I love it."
"I am now going in to my third year in the EatRight program. I continue in the program because I learn something new in every class. No class is ever the same and the information I have learned has helped not only me but my entire family. I have lost 95 pounds and have kept it off for over 1 year.”
- Mary Jane
“I W-A-S a SWEET-A-HOLIC. This weekend I went to my son and daughter-in law's for a family get-together. She had made a chocolate pie, coconut pie, peanut butter pie and a chocolate cake, ALL HOME MADE. I did not have a bite. Wasn't that just like me?”
“I've been so impressed with the EatRight program. Patients with spinal cord injuries struggle with weight loss. This has been a great program for them.”
- Peg Hale, RN
“I would like to take this opportunity to recommend UAB's EatRight Program and especially Ms. Kathy Hubbert, the instructor. I started the program on July 31, 2000 at a weight of 274 pounds. My weight on March 8, 2001 was 217 - a loss of 57 pounds in a little over seven months. The combination of good nutrition and exercise has been the best weight-loss approach I have ever tried. I had gained back a few pounds over the Thanksgiving-Christmas holidays - an annual occurrence for me. Luckily I was able to get right back on the program in January. I not only lost the holiday gain, but I have continued to progress to this point. In addition to the weight loss, I have lost almost 8" in my waist. Thank you, Kathy! Thank you, EatRight!”
“The reason I chose the EatRight program was its creation and supervision by the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB. This gave the program instant credibility which was lacking in weight loss programs that are located in shopping malls and similar settings.
"The one 'tool' that has proved most useful to me personally is the ability to select foods based upon the contents of the nutrition labels now printed on most packaged foods."
"The EatRight staff was knowledgeable, helpful and interested. To date I have lost 58 pounds.”