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“I never dreamed this would happen to me – it’s a miracle!”

A Fat Burning Machine Testimonial

Janet Reuss

I have been obese for the last 20 years. I could never understand why I couldn’t lose weight.  I’m intelligent and have plenty of will power, but diets didn’t work for me. I’ve yo-yo dieted and tried all the popular programs, like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, but I never succeeded. I always felt terrible about not losing weight, and blamed myself for failing.

Desperate, I researched Duke University’s health and wellness program and decided to give it a try. I lived on campus for four weeks in a very controlled environment of exercise twice daily and portion control. Once I got home I couldn’t sustain it, which was a big disappointment. Little did I know, the foods on the diet were the wrong foods for me. My failure left me feeling not only desperate, but depressed and defeated.

By this time, the bariatric lap-band was being offered at Northwestern University Hospital, so I decided to try it. It was a new procedure for them—I was only the fifth patient. Unfortunately, shrinking my stomach resulted in severe acid reflux, which was very painful.  I began drinking rather than chewing calories, and before I knew it, I was consuming too many of the wrong calories.  The vicious cycle began again.

I literally gave up trying to lose weight.  Why was this happening to me?  I felt so ashamed and self-conscious being fat.  I hated it.  When you’re fat, you feel like the whole world looks at you differently – and not in a positive way.

Being obese is not healthy at any age, but the older we get, the co-morbidities related to obesity are more dangerous. I knew if I wanted to live a long and healthy life, I needed to make changes.  But how?  I felt so helpless.

Then my son Mike told me he was writing a book about how to become a Fat-Burning Machine. I was intrigued because I had seen Mike transform himself, and it was obviously working for him. When I read the manuscript—especially the part about metabolic syndrome–I thought I was reading about myself!  There’s a reason I can’t lose weight and it’s not my fault!  All these years I’ve been eating the exact wrong foods for my body to lose weight.  I was storing fat.  How could I lose fat when I was storing it!

Ten and a half months and 56 pounds later, I have become a Fat-Burning Machine.  I no longer have the chronic conditions associated with obesity. I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I feel and look better than I have in years, too!  Turning on the fat burning switch has been transformative.  I’m no longer on a diet – I’ve changed my lifestyle permanently.  I eat and want different foods than before. I now know that I am doing everything within my power to live a long and healthy life.

I never dreamed this would happen to me – it’s a miracle!