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Weight Loss Before and After: Success Stories from Nutrisense Members

Natalie Krafft

Published in Weight Loss

10 min read

March 24, 2023
December 8, 2023
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Weight loss can look different for everyone—after all, we all have unique lifestyle habits, genetics, dietary approaches, stressors, and activity levels. It can be hard work, and it’s not just about body transformation.

In fact, for many people, finding a way to effectively manage their weight can be a major factor in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other metabolic conditions. Glucose monitoring is just one piece of the puzzle that can play a key role in shaping healthy lifestyle  choices when it comes to weight loss.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the many inspiring stories from Nutrisense members who have made significant progress while using a CGM to support their weight loss goals.

How Long Does It Take To Start Seeing Results From Losing Weight?

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The answer to this question can vary depending on the individual. Everyone’s weight loss journey is different, and there are many paths that you can take that lead to an effective and sustained weight loss transformation.

You’ll need a routine that works for you: Whether you’re motivated by your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer processed foods and junk food or you’re trying to add more weight lifting or cardio exercise to your routine, you’ll need to develop a routine and build healthy habits that work for you. You may have heard that following a paleo, Weight Watchers, or even keto diet is the key to losing weight, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

Working with a professional can help: For some people, working with trained professionals, such as registered dietitians or personal trainers can make it easier to find a nutrition or fitness plan that works for their specific goals. A dietitian, for example, can help you determine what macro ratio you may want to follow for an optimal diet,  recommend healthy foods, and help you better understand portion sizes.

Find physical activity for your unique needs: Adopting a fitness routine that works for you is another important part of the puzzle and can be important to help you to slim down and reduce overall body fat. In fact, creating a schedule that allows you to train three to five days a week can make a significant difference, not only on your weight, but also on your overall health.

Here’s How Four Nutrisense Members Found Lasting Success in Their Weight Loss Before and After Journey

1) Benjamin Langstraat’s Story

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In his mid-forties, despite his interest in strength training, fitness, and meal tracking apps, Benjamin found himself overweight and needing a reset. He’d previously tried a few things to improve his lifestyle habits, but he always felt as though he was taking a stab in the dark when it came to his overall wellness.

After learning about the potential benefits of continuous glucose monitoring, he decided to take the leap and try out a CGM.

Meeting Weight Loss Goals by Making Better Food Choices

After working with Nutrisense, Benjamin found that having the accountability of his glucose data, ability to track his meals in the Nutrisense app, and personal dietitian support helped keep him honest on his journey.

Benjamin says, Nutrisense’s CGM program was intriguing. It gives you real-time feedback on what's going on. Even if you don’t log your food, your blood sugar levels don’t lie.”

With the program, he began to make different food choices and adopt a low-carb diet. He was able to see firsthand which foods led to a suboptimal glucose response that may have been affecting his weight loss and other health goals.

With Nutrisense, Benjamin:

  • Was guided through the start of his weight loss journey with expert nutritionist support
  • Learned about the importance of meal timing and sequencing
  • Was able to stay consistent with his new diet and physical activity plan
  • Learned how to eat according to a macronutrient ratio that supported his wellness goals

Insights From Nutritionist Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

“Seeing the glucose data is one thing, but figuring out how to take that data and integrate it into sustainable diet and lifestyle changes is what often makes the biggest impact on your success. A low-carb diet may work well for some people, but is not necessarily the best choice for everyone. 

“If you’re not sure whether or not a lower carb diet is a good fit, your personal dietitian will be there to guide you making the right nutrition choices for your unique body. We’re here to support you through your wellness journey and find the solutions that work best for YOU.”

Read Benjamin’s entire story here

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2) Kate Brown’s Story

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After being diagnosed with prediabetes, Kate had already been using a fingerstick to track her glucose levels for several years. After the pandemic struck, she found that she had gained weight and was looking for new strategies to support her on her health journey, and that’s when she found Nutrisense.

She says, “I was trying to take off the weight I had put on during the pandemic. And I could tell that my body just wasn't working very well. I was, I think, having a lot of symptoms of inflammation, like swollen, painful joints, brain fog, and constant fatigue.”

How Using a CGM Helped with Sustainable Weight Loss

Kate decided to try out a 3-month program with Nutrisense to understand more about how her diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits were affecting her glucose. 

With Nutrisense, Kate learned:

  • How exercise could positively impact her blood sugar response after eating.
  • The effect that meal sequencing (eating fiber and protein before carbs) could have on her postprandial blood sugar.
  • How to shape a personalized diet plan with the help of her Nutrisense dietitian to reduce the number of big spikes in her glucose.

She says, “It was a good feeling because, for five years, I'd been living like I couldn’t touch it or have any foods like that to avoid getting sick. I needed the support—and it made such a big difference having the CGM throughout that journey.”

Insights From Nutrisense Dietitian Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

“Like Kate, so many people trying to lose weight may struggle with other conditions and symptoms such as fatigue, body pain, or even prediabetes. As your personal partner in your weight loss journey, we help you connect the dots between these different areas.

Working with a personal dietitian can help you find elegant solutions that not only help you balance your glucose and lose the weight you want to lose, but help you improve energy, reduce inflammation, and feel better. Identifying the underlying reasons why you’re not losing the weight you want to lose is important for long-term success and ensuring your current approach is sustainable.”

Read Kate’s entire story here

3) Roxanne Cardenas Bryant’s Story

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Roxanne is an education professional with a busy schedule. She’d been paying close attention to her blood sugar levels using a glucometer, but she was looking for a long-term solution that didn’t involve the constant pricking of her finger.

After beginning to research some potential ways to optimize her weight loss journey and instill healthier habits in her daily life, she came across Nutrisense on Facebook.

Reaching Weight Loss Goals with Nutrisense

For Roxanne, having 1:1 dietitian support available to her has been an integral part of her health journey. She says, “I used to think I didn’t eat much because sometimes I’d skip breakfast and work through lunch. But even though dinner was the only meal I ate, I’d forget to account for everything in between such as random snacks to “tide me over” until dinner. Those snacks add up and lead to a lot of blood sugar variability throughout the day.”

Since starting with Nutrisense, Roxanne has:

After more than a year with Nutrisense, she highlights, “The program really helps with accountability, especially when you’re trying to lose weight, because you can’t lie to the sensor.”

Insights From Nutrisense Dietitian Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

“A personal dietitian is a great way to get the support, motivation and accountability you need on a journey like Roxanne's. From troubleshooting bumps in the root to keeping you on track, they're with you every step of the way. 

Remember, what works for one person to stay on track may not work for another, so having a customized approach matters! At Nutrisense, we're here to help you go beyond generic recommendations and find the tools and strategies that work for YOU and meet you where you’re at today.”

Read Roxanne’s entire story here

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4) Gayle Pagano’s Story

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In 2018, Gayle began to notice how her weight loss progress plateaued and how some weight had even started to creep back after going through menopause. She was frustrated, feeling like she’d tried everything to fight this weight gain and that nothing seemed to be working.

After learning about the effect that estrogen levels can have on blood sugar, she came across the Nutrisense program on social media and decided to invest in her well-being.

Gayle says, “I want to be able to go out west and climb a mountain, go hiking, and not be in pain, not be out of breath. I knew the weight had to come off to live that way.

And not only that but also to feel good, not to feel exhausted. For me, it was an overall wellness journey. I don't want to be limited in my ability to live.”

Navigating A Weight Loss Journey After Menopause

Gayle began working 1:1 with a Nutrisense dietitian and started implementing changes to her diet and lifestyle after discovering during the program that she was insulin resistant. 

With the Nutrisense program, Gayle:

Gayle says, “Having worked with Cheri for many months through the beginning of my wellness journey, I built a close relationship with her. And there isn't a doctor, friend, or family member I don't say this to—that woman is brilliant.

There are no words to describe the return on her investment of time. Some of the suggestions I've tried… It was like somebody flipped a switch.”

Insights From Nutrisense Dietitian Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

“Sleep quality is often impacted by how and what we are eating and other lifestyle factors. Poor sleep will in turn often sabotage your weight loss progress.

 We see that for Gayle, Cheri helped her support improved sleep with diet and lifestyle changes, which made a big impact on her weight loss. Even small changes were meaningful and added up over time. 

Weight loss plateaus can be frustrating, even if they’re considered normal to encounter along a weight loss journey. With the help of your personal dietitian at Nutrisense, you can break through your weight loss plateau and find momentum again.”

Read Gayle’s entire story here

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Your blood sugar levels can significantly impact how your body feels and functions. That’s why stable blood glucose levels can be an important factor in supporting overall wellbeing.

With Nutrisense, you’ll be able to track your blood glucose levels over time using a CGM, so you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy living.

When you join the Nutrisense CGM program, our team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists are available for additional support and guidance to help you reach your goals.

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Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

Reviewed by: Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

Heather is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN, LDN), subject matter expert, and technical writer, with a master's degree in nutrition science from Bastyr University. She has a specialty in neuroendocrinology and has been working in the field of nutrition—including nutrition research, education, medical writing, and clinical integrative and functional nutrition—for over 15 years.

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