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ISLIP, NEW YORK - JUNE 26: An aerial view of Fitness Instructor Felicia Brunner conducting a Zumba class in the parking lot of Gold's Gym Islip on June 26, 2020 in Islip, New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that gyms along with malls and movie theaters, will not be permitted to reopen during phase 4 until New York's Health Department determines if air filtering systems are circulating the coronavirus. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Growing up, Brittany Neff was an emotional eater who used food to soothe her feelings. But by the time she was 23, she couldn’t fit behind the steering wheel and needed a fertilizer scale to weigh herself, so she knew she had to make changes. She’s spent the last four years developing healthy habits that led her to drop from 514-pounds to 178! She’s now a third of her former size and has maintained it for two years.

Brittany started following Optavia, a program that includes packaged meal replacements and personal coaches to develop healthy habits and drop weight. She’s maintained her weight by eating six small meals a day and exercising three to four times a week. She’s now a health coach and has helped her husband, Dwight, develop a healthy relationship with food instead of dieting and he’s shed 189-pounds and is down to 194.

The couple say they had tried pretty much everything under the sun in the past, but now they know what works for them. This is what they say helped them lose and maintain their loss:

  • Tackling the mental health – Eating healthy foods and exercising is only part of it, adjusting your thinking is also key to becoming healthy.
  • Finding a tribe – Brittany credits the support she got with Optavia for helping her lose weight, maintain it, and cope with stressors. She says having a community of support, either in-person or virtually, is essential.
  • Having a purpose – Figuring out the reason why you’re ready to make this time the time you succeed with losing weight can help you follow through and make it happen.

Source: Today