"I didn"t want to be hungry": Once-obese chef drops over 200lbs by creating diet plan that wouldn"t deprive her of food she loves

'I didn't want to be hungry': Once-obese chef drops over 200lbs by creating diet plan that wouldn't deprive her of food she loves

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17:46 GMT, 19 July 2012

A once-morbidly obese chef has revealed how she lost 200lbs by creating a diet plan that allowed her to cut calories without feeling guilty or hungry.

Barbara Feinstein, 57, from Boynton Beach, Florida, wore a dress size 28, and tipped the scales at 330lbs at her heaviest.

She struggled to climb stairs or even get out of bed, and her weight had caused her to develop high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

Transformed: Barbara Feinstein, 57, from Boynton Beach, Florida, has lost over 200lbs on a diet she invented

Transformed: Barbara Feinstein, 57, from Boynton Beach, Florida, has lost over 200lbs on a diet she invented

Three years on, Mrs Feinstein weighs a slimline 127lbs thanks to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein regime, and says her diabetes is 'cured'.

Her healthy-eating plan takes inspiration from both the Mediterranean diet and Atkins, using recipes based on her knowledge of classic French cuisine.

She told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: 'When I weighed 330 pounds I did not want to be hungry because I knew
that was a set up for failure.

'This is not a diet but a solution to
being overweight. As my weight dropped, my appetite changed and became
smaller.

Slimline new look: Mrs Feinstein now (right) is almost unrecognisable from her 300lb self of three years ago (left)

Slimline new look: Mrs Feinstein now (right) is almost unrecognisable from her 300lb self of three years ago (left)

Slimline new look: Mrs Feinstein (right) is almost unrecognisable from her 300lb self of three years ago (left)

'I focus on consuming 50 to 60 grams of healthy,
whole grain-type carbohydrates, such as whole wheat, brown rice and lots
of vegetables every day…

'I don't deny myself or feel guilty,' she added.

Mrs Feinstein came up with 200 recipes, all of which are intended to taste as good as they are healthy.

Supportive: Mrs Feinstein and her husband Michael cook healthy favourites like fish tacos together

Supportive: Mrs Feinstein and her husband Michael cook healthy favourites like fish tacos together

Rather than counting calories, she trades high-glycaemic options for low-glycaemic alternatives.

One of her favourite dishes, she reveals, is sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna with Japanese soba noodles and a salad.

'Besides being delicious and healthy, the whole dinner cooks in one
minute,' she said.

'I sear the tune 30 seconds on each side and the
noodles take another minute to boil. Because they are buckwheat, a
complex carbohydrate, they are lower in carbs than white noodles. The
most time is spent on making the salad.'

'Another favorite dinner I love to make is fish tacos with low-carb
tortillas,' she added. 'My husband Michael grills the fish and then we season them
with onion, lime and cilantro – delicious.'

Mrs Feinstein has now written a book, titled 2-3-4 Weight Loss Solution, about her diet, with, of course, an accompanying recipe guide.

In addition to her healthy eating regime, it also details a spiritual approach to health she has embraced after studying complementary and alternative medicine.

She credits it with helping her understand her 'food triggers', and hails meditation as the 'secret ingredient' in her transformation.