New You Contest Winner-Brenda

Palmdale, CA
Weight Lost as of 3/2011: 140lbs*

*The success stories depicted in this section are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST patients. The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary.

Brenda cannot remember a time in her life when she was not obese. In the third grade she weighed 140 pounds. In fact, she remembers a shocked school nurse exclaiming upon weighing her, “Brenda, you weigh the same amount as I do!”

After the unexpected and untimely passing of her mother in 2009, Brenda reached a peak weight of 467 pounds and developed health problems including Type 2 diabetes and decreased mobility. She soon realized that she was on a dangerous path and did not want her children, aged two and seven, to experience the pain she’d felt when she lost her own mother.

In 14 months on the OPTIFAST Program, Brenda lost a staggering 276 pounds* causing her body mass index (BMI) to drop from 73 to 30. She no longer has diabetes, has the stamina to exercise five days a week, and has even taken up karate.