“I dropped from a size 24 to a 14!”

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Walk­ing out of the air­port into the San Diego heat, Dawn Drew felt tired, sweaty and sore. Her thighs rubbed against each other painfully with each step. This is hor­ri­ble, she thought. Why can’t I get my weight un­der con­trol?

Dawn had long been a yo-yo di­eter. “Oprah is like my best friend—we both lost 70 pounds the same year and re­gained it the next,” she jokes. But at 60 years old and strug­gling to man­age pre­di­a­betes and os­teoarthri­tis, Dawn knew the need to lose weight was no laugh­ing mat­ter.

To get her health back on track, Dawn worked with nu­tri­tion­ist Heather Fink, R.D., to cre­ate a sen­si­ble eat­ing plan that in­cluded healthy fat sources, like omega-6– rich al­monds in her yo­gurt and sun­flower seeds in her sal­ads. Soon, she no­ticed her con­stant crav­ings re­lent. “Once I was feed­ing my body what it needed, I wasn’t in a frenzy to eat any­more.”

Ul­ti­mately, Dawn melted 9 inches from her hips and lost more than 100 pounds—all with­out ex­er­cise. Now she is fo­cused on the fu­ture, look­ing for­ward to re­tir­ing and trav­el­ing to Italy. “Be­ing able to walk the neigh­bor­hood with­out hurt­ing is a mir­a­cle. I feel free. I am 100% con­fi­dent for the first time in my life!”

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