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Weight Lost: It Took 11 Months For This Woman To Get Strong And Lean

"I cut out processed foods, caffeine and alcohol."
Steve Nash Fitness

Who: Kerry McLaughlin

Occupation: Senior manager

City: Abbotsford, B.C.

Age: 39

By The Numbers: 142 pounds at my heaviest, currently 115 pounds, for a total weight loss of 27 pounds.

The Weight Gain: I always managed my weight very well and had no issues growing up. But the weight gain had started after I had my second baby.

At this point, I had tried various eating plans and diets like the Atkins diet and Dr. Oz's eating plan.

Final Straw: "I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at 37. My doctor told me that I might have to go on medication and this made me realize I needed to do something about my health, weight and diet.

I don’t believe it diets. I believe in eating clean nutrient-dense meals. That’s where I found my success and something that is sustainable."

I was coming up on my 40s and I was determined to enter that part of my life looking and feeling better than ever.

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