Name: Melanie Britto
Weight: 166 lbs
Body Fat: 28.65%
Weight: 135.5 lbs
Body Fat: 11.25%
Why I Got Started
I had gained a lot of weight when I got my first job out of college. I was in sales and living for the first time on my own, which mean a lot of wining and dining. I went to the gym 5 times per week and thought that was enough and I was wrong.
When I went to see the doctor in January and he told me I weighed 170 pounds. I was mortified. I knew I needed to start changing my eating habits right away. Many people in my family have struggled with weight problems and I did not want to go down that road.
People say you have to be ready to change your lifestyle and I definitely was ready and determined. I could not make excuses anymore.
How I Did It
I was referred to Anthony Moretti and Body Language Plus in Warwick, RI. He met with me and went over his diet to see if it was a good match for me. He asked me what I wanted to lose. I said I'd like to lose 20 pounds but would be happy even with 10 because I know I can never get to 20.
He explained that it was a commitment and I could lose it if I wanted but it wouldn't work unless I gave it 100%. He weighed me, took my measurements and made me face reality. I started the diet that day and lost 5 pounds my first week.
We started training together a few times per week, and I put in three sessions a week on my own. Slowly but surely, loosing 1-2 pounds a week I got to my 145-pound goal by mid-may! I was ecstatic! He asked me to consider competing and after being successful in loosing the weight when I never thought I would, I thought bring it on!
If I could overcome the challenge of not being able to eat and drink whatever I wanted and loose weight, that gave me the confidence in myself that I could do anything.
Initially when I was just dieting to loose weight I was taking Calcium Supplements twice a day and amino acids before I worked out. When I started training for competitions he added in Beta Alanine and a fat burner prior to working out and at lunch time and essential fatty acids twice a day.
I basically eat that 7 days a week, mixing up the carbs with the proteins. I usually have one cheat meal on Saturdays that I cut 10 weeks prior to show date. I sub out chicken sometimes for 3.7 oz of white fish or approximately 4 ounces of Turkey.
Day Off Weight Training
Suggestions For Others
I highly recommend seeing a trainer and nutritionist to get on track. It also helps keep you focused and accountable. Anthony was great and keep me motivated. Also find friends who are interested in working out and nutrition, or explain what you are trying to do to those closest to you. It is hard and their support is crucial to your success!