Weight loss done best the 'old-fashioned way'
Posted July 10, 2009 12:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2009 7:04 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh woman eschewed diet plans, pills and weight loss surgery – and lost more than 100 pounds through what she called "the old-fashioned way."
Until about five years go, Tammy Lynette Jackson felt she couldn't escape the same weight-related problems as many others in her family.
"My family has a really high incidence of cardiovascular disease and adult-onset diabetes," she said.
Then, Jackson weighed 265 pounds. Now, she weighs 135 pounds. Her cholesterol's also down from 245 to 130.
"Just the good, old-fashioned way, with exercise and just dieting," Jackson said.
Jackson began an exercise program at WakeMed's Health Park. For 30 minutes to an hour, five days a week, she did a combination of aerobic and strength training.
She didn't follow a diet but ate sensibly, using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid as a guide.
"I eat more baked and broiled. I try to stay off the fried foods. Very rarely do I indulge in, like, a fast food," Jackson said. "I eat more fruits and vegetables, low fat and actually do a whole lot of whole wheat pastas and cereals and whole wheat breads. And I've left off the sugary drinks whatsoever – no sodas, no sweet tea."
Jackson wanted a long-term lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Five years later, she's exactly half the woman she used to be.
"It was very slow, but I feel like that's the best way, and I've kept it off for a long while now," she said.
"Tammy has, you know, really stuck with it," said Chrissie Bloomer, a fitness specialist at WakeMed. "Dedication is what makes a big difference in the long-term goal."
Jackson said she's confident she won't fall back into her old lifestyle.
"All I have to do is look at a picture of myself, and I know that I'm not going to," she said.