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Ask Dr. Gott 5/25
Lose weight for good
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DEAR DR. GOTT: I've been meaning to write to you for several months now. I am one of those people who has struggled with her weight for many, many years. I've tried diet after diet with success at losing weight, but always gaining it back plus extra. I've seen your column in my local paper and would always roll my eyes when reading about "no sugar, no flour." I would say, "Yeah, right," and go on my merry way on a rollercoaster of ups and downs. In April 2004, I decided to give your way a try, and, for the first time in my life, I feel I will succeed, to the point that this is the first time clothes that have become too big for me have been given away. I have lost 50 pounds and plan to continue, as I have at least 60 pounds more to go. This is so easy it must be hard.
    I read labels, and if the first, second or third ingredient is sugar or a derivative thereof, I do not purchase that item. I eat whole-grain pastas and desserts made with Splenda — and there are some delicious ones to be made. It's amazing to me how much is available to someone who makes a serious lifestyle change. When asked about my diet, I immediately say I am not on a diet but have changed my way of eating. What's interesting about this is most people don't want to hear about "no sugar, no flour." The weight does not come off overnight, and I may now go four to six weeks without losing a pound. Then it's like my body realizes it's not going to get what it previously did as fuel and takes the opportunity to shed 5 or 6 pounds at once.
    Walking has become a major part of my lifestyle change, also. It helps to tone the muscles and is invigorating to the soul. I feel I am already a success story and wanted to pass this on to you for whatever encouragement it might give to someone else. I want to thank you for continually putting this before the people. I didn't want to hear it at first, either, but I am glad I finally heard what you were saying.
   DEAR READER: Thank you for your testimonial. I have received hundreds of letters from readers, all of which echo your success with the diet. I particularly liked your observation that this is less a diet than it is a method of changing eating habits. Good luck and keep it up. Those readers who want more information can purchase my book "Dr. Gott's No-Flour, No Sugar Diet" from most bookstores or online.
    Because obesity can trigger diabetes, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Diabetes Mellitus." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title.
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