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It Was All About The Sugar For Jen

Name: Jennifer Leair
Age: 35
Occupation: Visiting Nurse
Dated joined Empower Fitness: 2008
Total Weight Loss: 40 pounds

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer has been a member of Empower Fitness for nine years now. She won a gift certificate for a month at Slim and Tone (now known as Empower Fitness). She was 201 pounds when she first started at the gym. Over the years Jennifer lost weight and later gained the weight back; this is a common, but frustrating occurence.  There was a year where she did not come to the gym to exercise at all. She started back again after she went to the NAMI bingo event at Empower Fitness, and was ready to re-commit to her healthy exercise routine.

During her time at the gym her weight remained stable until last July (2015) when she saw a movie called “Fed Up.” It gave her the  inspiration to reduce her sugar intake. The movie taught Jennifer that sugar keeps people from losing weight and that is when she changed her eating habits. She watched her sugar intake and lost 5 pounds in the first week!  This past year she has lost 41 pounds and says its the easiest thing she has done – with the greatest impact – to lose weight. Jennifer “does not mess with sugar” and she limits herself to only  6-9 teaspoons of sugar a day; and that’s including drinks too.  She went from a size 16 to a size 8. Jennifer feels the monthly measurements and reviews by staff at Empower Fitness keep her motivated.

“Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. 6-8 glasses of water a day is also important. This is a lifestyle, not a diet” – Jennifer Leair

Jennifer Leair Before & After Final

What She Eats

Jennifer does not have a usual menu. She looks at the nutrition labels and reads grams of sugar. She divides that by four and that gives her the teaspoons. She tries to keep it under 6-9 teaspoons of sugar per day, including drinks. Overall, Jennifer does not diet and simply reduces her sugar intake and has lost over 40 pounds and feels great!


1 Comment
  1. Congratulations Jen. You look great!!
    Keep up your spirit and healthy habits!!

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