Online Model Taylor Stevens Uses A Low-Carb Diet To Lose 150 Pounds In One Year
Taylor Stevens celebrates one year of low-carb success 150 pounds lighter
There are certain dates that are important ones to you within the course of your life here on Earth. Your birthday. Your wedding anniversary. Your graduation from high school and college.
But for those of us who have been overweight or obese and then were finally able to overcome that battle once and for all using a low-carb program, there's another date that becomes extremely important, too. It's the day that you decided to start livin' la vida low-carb and your world was forever changed for the better as a result.
For me, that day was January 1, 2004, but for Canadian model Taylor Stevens it was just one year ago today on March 22, 2006 that she decided the time had come to do something about her weight problem for good.
Pushing 300 pounds was a wake-up call for Taylor Stevens
For Stevens, losing weight was not just an option for her but rather a real necessity since she makes her living as an online model and entertainer. In other words, the fact that her weight had crept up to 270 pounds meant her career could very well be in jeopardy. The intial shock of just how big she had gotten when she weighed herself last year was enough to wake her up to the reality of the problem she now faced.
"Stepping on the scale to realize that I had gotten that big was really hard for me," Stevens admitted. "It was very hard for me to look at myself and what I had allowed myself to become despite the fact that my 'fans' liked me that way."
Even still, Stevens said although she heard a few "rude and insulting comments" from some of her fans as she got bigger and bigger while performing on camera, that merely "fueled the fire" within her to actually do something about it this time.
Her magic epiphany moment to begin livin' la vida low-carb occurred when she was visiting Las Vegas, Nevada in early 2006. For those of you who have ever been to Vegas, you know you literally have to walk everywhere you go to get around. Stevens quickly realized all that walking was wearing her out and taking away the enjoyment of what should be a relaxing vacation.
"I was 270 pounds and my thighs were chafing and I vowed never to let myself miss out on my life because I was unhealthy or unable to do things that should just come easy," she exclaimed.
Thus was borne within Stevens a deep-rooted desire not just to go on a "diet," but to actually radically change her life for the better by making permanent changes that would become her new and improved lifestyle.
"There was no turning back," she said.
She chose to start livin' la vida low-carb despite the immense pressure from her "friends" who kept telling her she was not losing weight the healthy way and to "just have one piece" of some high-carb food she knew she couldn't have. But Taylor Stevens hung tough and and did not allow these minor obtacles to deter her from becoming the eventual success she would quickly become.
By the end of her first month low-carbing, Stevens had dropped an astonishing 29 pounds and then continued averaging about 18 pounds a month weight loss throughout the past year. To say she was astonished at how well her low-carb lifestyle was working for her is an understatement!
WOW, what a difference a year makes--Taylor lost 150 pounds!
So, here it is March 22, 2007, exactly one year to the day that Stevens began her low-carb diet and she is now a beautiful and sexy 120 pounds--an incredible 150-pound weight loss! WOO HOO! WAY TO GO, TAYLOR!!!
She now considers herself a student of the low-carb lifestyle and is constantly reading more and more books to not only educate, but also inspire her to continue on with this new and exciting journey she has taken.
"I have read all Atkins books as well as almost every diet book out there," she revealed.
These days Stevens is following the Atkins diet along with her boyfriend who has seen great success on it as well along with a regular daily exercise routine. Both are fans of my "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog (THANK YOU!) and are "inspired" by my own nearly 200-pound low-carb weight loss success story.
"I look at your pictures and I read your book and I thought about my own struggles throughout the last year," Stevens recalled. "I sometimes have a hard time accepting this 'new' me, but it's nice to know I am not alone."
And in case you are wondering, Taylor Stevens does have loose skin issues just like I do following her enormous low-carb weight loss.
"My thighs were huge and now it looks like I may have to have [skin removal] surgery," Stevens noted. "I am not worried though because I would rather live healthier and happier then have fat to fill out my skin."
Amen to that, Taylor! :D
Of course, I think she looks pretty smokin' hot as evidenced by these recent photos shots of her modeling a bikini following her huge 150-pound low-carb weight loss.
Lookin' good on the beaches of Cancun in January 2007
Stevens said she wants to encourage anyone who needs to lose weight to seriously consider livin' la vida low-carb despite what the people close to you may think about this way of eating.
"In the beginning, my 'friends' were supportive, the true friends stayed that way," she recalled. "However, a few of them just were waiting to see me fail. They were endlessly shoving sweets in my face asking me if I wanted any, rather then being supportive."
While she said it was difficult when many of these so-called "friends" were showing their "true colors," the fact is her low-carb weight loss attempt wasn't about them and actually many of the loudest naysayers were fatter than Stevens was!
"That was eye opening," she said.
Describing this struggle as "the hardest thing I have had to go through in my life," Stevens said people who don't have a weight problem could never comprehend the pain and uphill climb that it takes to overcome morbid obesity.
"It was not just a physical struggle it was unbelievably mental and emotional," she concluded. "I had to break through a lot of things inside me in order to succeed."
Man, ain't that the truth! You preach it, Taylor! Thanks to the great support of friends and family, she was able to trudge forward and become the beautiful person inside and out that she is today.
"I had moments where I was really low and I had to dig deep inside me," she admitted. "I looked to the people around me that loved me to get me through these times. AND THEY DID!!!"
Describing her initial low-carb experience as "Hell" as she was coming face-to-face with her addiction to carbs (I think we can all remember our own little "Hell" in those first few days!), Stevens didn't let that deter her from her mission because she knew she was dangerously close to developing such health ailments as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even quite possibly a premature death because of her weight.
"I was so depressed that I couldn't do all the things that my heart really truly wanted to do, wear the clothes I really wanted to wear, and be the person that I knew was underneath all that fat," Stevens exclaimed.
Nowadays, she doesn't have that problem anymore and says she's now livin' la vida low-carb all the way, baby!
"I mean really the variety of food we can enjoy is amazing," Stevens stated.
What is life like for Taylor Stevens in 2007 now that she's 150 pounds lighter?
"I am the same giving, loving, generous person I was before, but I'm just way hotter now!!"
You'll get no arguments from me on that one! LOL! She does believe this experience has given her a "new lease on life" and now she is enjoying life to the fullest. That includes being more active on purpose so she can keep her gorgeous figure looking good for the cameras as she has infused new life into her thriving modeling career with her remarkable weight loss.
Even "The King" agrees Taylor's low-carb diet has made her look hot!
As for returning to Las Vegas...
"It was phenomenal! I walked so much and went to the gym in my hotel every morning because I am now commited to this lifestyle for good," Stevens boasted. "I committed to those that were close to me and most importantly I committed to myself."
For Taylor Stevens, there's just no better way to live than livin' la vida low-carb!