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Weight-loss Warriors: Couple Loses 320 Pounds

Danny Patton weighed almost 400 pounds when he realized that he needed to take control of his body. His girlfriend, Kalean Duffy, was also overweight.

Together, the couple, who are both originally from Macungie, have lost 320 pounds in a little over a year. They currently live in Indiana.

We would get winded walking up two flights of steps at the ages of 21 (Kalean) and 26 (Danny), Patton said. We got in the rut of the couple sitting on the couch not doing anything.

That was our breaking point we realized were still young, theres no reason that we should be like this.

The long process of weight loss began right then for Patton and Duffy, who joined Weight Watchers and joined the gym at Back to Nature Fitness in White Township.

At first the gym was one of the hardest things for us because of how big we were. Walking on the treadmill was a task in itself, Patton said.

Now 27, Patton met his goal weight of 182 pounds recently, for a total loss of about 215 pounds. Duffy, 22, who is still working toward her goal weight, has lost more than 100 pounds since January 2013.

The couple ate takeout almost every day before they began their transformations, and when it wasnt takeout, they werent eating healthy food. Their diet consisted of processed foods, foods high in sugar and a lot of carbohydrates everything thats bad for you, Duffy said. Its what we were used to.

The couple has been together for about five years, and said most of the weight gained was as a couple. Though, Patton said, he was always big. When you have lived that long being overweight its just a way of life, he said.

It just came to the point where we knew that we had to (lose the weight), Duffy said. We were so heavy and it was so out of control.

Now, their biggest motivation is each other.

We want to have kids and be healthy, Duffy said. But theyre also motivated by the thought of being healthy, by looking down the road and looking at their future.

My motivation is working out together, said Patton. We do it every day together.

Duffy, who joined Weight Watchers about two weeks before Patton did, believes that she wouldnt have stuck with it if he hadnt joined.

Their day starts out the same every day: with one-egg, two egg-white omelet with cut-up, frozen green peppers and onions with a piece of lunchmeat turkey and white, low-fat American cheese a breakfast thats high in protein. Theyve been doing this as part of their routine since day one.

Living in the college atmosphere, Duffy said, has been hard for both of them throughout their journey. Food is readily available at any time in Indiana, and students that theyre friends with often drink. To be able to get on track, Duffy went as far as taking a leave from her service sorority for a few months to be able to focus on diet and exercise.

When they started the nutritional changes and exercise, Patton lost 18 pounds in the first week, he says, solely from cutting out fast food and eating out. Throughout the course of their weight-loss journey, they lost 3 to 5 pounds per week, a number thats down to 1 to 2 pounds a week.

It took me about 50 pounds to lose a dress size, Duffy said. Now, she said, shes losing a pant size about every other month.

Its not all about the number, though.

Any loss is a good loss, Duffy said. When youre bigger you can lose more, but any loss is a step in the right direction.

Patton said that its about how it feels, more than what the scale says when they stand on it.

Their journey has garnered attention from top media outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN. Theyll be filming for a segment on CNNs Why the Health Not this month.

Plus, theyve become social media motivators for those losing weight around the world. Duffy, who has almost 4,000 followers on her Instagram account, @KaleanDuffy, posts inspirational tips and messages daily.

The couple aims to give advice on how to exercise and what to eat, and have considered making a Facebook page dedicated to their efforts.

Patton uses his Twitter account, @DPatton_34, as a way to connect with those who might be able to share their story.

They take their lifestyle change with them wherever they go, now.

Were going on vacation in May to Myrtle Beach and we take our own food now. We still enjoy foods, just in moderation, Patton said.

The couple emphasizes the importance of not dieting.

Its a lifestyle change its something that you have to do for the rest of your life. No food tastes as good as healthy feels, said Patton.

Theyre able to be a part of activities that they said they never even fathomed to do before they have plans to run 5Ks together, they go hiking and enjoy other outdoor activities that werent a possibility in the past.

For those aspiring to lose some weight, Patton and Duffy offer some advice: Focus on short-term goals before long-term goals.

I think (short-term goals) make it easier for people to see that youre able to reach a goal by working hard and eating healthy, said Duffy.

Also, they advise against fad dieting, diet pills and supplements.

A lot of people are looking for a quick fix but you can be 400 pounds, still work out and get the weight down the old-fashioned way.

Meal planning is another tip planning meals before shopping and cooking them ahead of time.

Most importantly, the couple advises that just because you cant do it today doesnt mean you cant do it in the future.

You have to want to do it for yourself, Patton said.

With the right mindset, the right determination the sky is the limit.

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    Any Weight Loss Experiences Or Tips? I have lost 50lbs so far (after the birth of my daughter)and still would like to lose another 50. It seems that when I constantly think and obsess over the weight I gain, but if I dont I lose easier. I lost the first 50 by not sitting on my butt as much and not eating so much crap. Simple as that. Now I feel overwhelmed that I still need to lose so much more. I look better and get compliments, but still am big. Any experiences with weight loss would be great. It seems overwhelming at time, but I am tired of being fat I want to wear cute clothes again.
    I have a toddler and dont have time to go to the gym or go running. I am a stay at home mom.

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      Today there is too much information available on losing weight that has become more confusing and sometimes difficult to follow. It’s actually very easy to lose weight if you follow my weight loss tips.

      * Be in right frame of mind
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      Include good sources of protein at meal, chicken, fish, legumes, peanut, cottage cheese, eggs or yogurt.

      * Shut off TV while eating
      Shut off the TV whenever you eat – that includes meals and snacks. Studies show that we automatically eat larger portions when we snack in front of the tube, and typically those foods are high in fat and sugar, which means excess calories!

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      Increase your physical activity. Most people are over weight because of a lack of physical activity. Start walking more, bicycling, walks your dog for longer periods of time, swim, dance and leave the car at home when you can. It’s important that you choose a physical activity that you enjoy because you’ll stick with it.

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    Weight Loss Tips!!!!? 10points.? Okay, I know, the best way and basically the only way to lose weight is to work out. But, I know that if you drink a LOT of water a day, it helps a lot and so does avoiding soda and stuff like that. Besides pills or wraps or anything like that, anybody want to give me good tips?
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    also, certain exercises?
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    also, certain exercises?
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    &if you have any success stories from doing anything, the more details the better
    (how long it took you to lost however much you did and all that)

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      –Drink more water–
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      Weight Loss Tips

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    Does Anyone Have Any Good Weight Loss Tips? Or Good Diets To Try? I need to loose as much weight as poss before september 23rd to get into my wedding dress… anyone have tips? ive tried 3 diets and none of them work for me, slimming world, weight watchers and g.i diet!
    i have noooo willpower 🙁

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      Weight loss tips

      weight loss tips to help you lose weightNeed some help with your weight loss? Below are some great weight loss tips to help you that extra bit, these weight loss tips offers pointers for pratical, effective weight loss tactics. Tips include healthy eating advice, support, exercise, preparation of food and much more. Enjoy!

      Tip #1
      To make a delicious low fat mayonnaise simply combine one teaspoon Dijon mustard or one teaspoon satay sauce with low fat yoghurt.

      Tip #2
      Avoid skipping meals. Eating increases your matabolism, thus skipping meals can ‘trick’ your body into slowing down its metabolism in an attempt to conserve calories during a period it perceives as a situation where limited fuel is available.

      Tip #3
      Stuffing vegetables such as capsicum and zucchini with tasty fillings of mince chicken, meat or tuna are easy to do and very healthy and low fat.

      Tip #4
      Pita bread roll ups or wraps with salad fillings, are great for picnics, school lunches or to take to work.

      Tip #5
      Exerise, exercise, exercise! Exercise increases your metabolism and burning off excess fat. When is the best time to exercise? Our metabolism slows down about 8 hours after we wake up, so 30 minutes of exercise in the evening, before dinner will increase your metabolism for about two to three more hours just when it was starting to slow down. This produces a significant increase in fat burned off, even after the exercise is over.

      Tip #6
      Adding alfalfa or mung beans to your salad brings in extra iron.

      Tip #7
      Good cooking and healthy eating begins with learning about nutrition and how to prepare healthy recipes.

      Tip #8
      Plan the week’s family menus in advance and just purchase those ingredients at a once weekly shopping trip.

      Tip #9
      Be positive! The more you feel good about yourself the easier and faster it is to lose weight.

      Tip #10
      Learn how to make over family favourite recipes by cutting out fats, salt and sugar. Substitute non fat yoghurt for cream, stir fry minus oil and use herbs and spices instead of salt for flavour.

      Tip #11
      Please consult your doctor before beginning an exercise or weight loss program.

      Tip #12
      Eat slowly and chew each bite completely to decrease your appetite

      Tip #13
      Eat three small meals and two snacks daily instead of two or three huge meals.

      Tip #14
      It’s a myth that you need oil to stir fry! Use chicken stock instead and cut down on hidden fat.

      Tip #15
      There is more fat in a plate of toasted muesli than a plate of bacon and eggs! Purchase non-toasted muesli instead.

      Tip #16
      Avoid removing the skins of fruits and vegetables – most of the nutrients are concentrated just under the skin.

      Tip #17
      Hot water with a squeeze of lemon before breakfast get the metabolism going for the day, helps prevent constipation and is excellent for the skin.

      Tip #18
      The best source of vegetable protein is from soya beans or tofu. All legumes provide some protein, so include lentils, lima beans etc into casseroles and soups.

      Tip #19
      Find a weight loss “buddy,” club, or support group. This will help you stay with your weight loss program.

      Tip #20
      Though difficult, try not eating 3 hours or more before bed time.

      Tip #21
      I cut up a whole watermelon and leave it in the fridge to snack on over a few days. it is sweet, juicy, yummy and filling. it really has helped me because when i go to the fridge looking for something when i see the watermelon it stops me having something more calorie laden. having it handy so that it is just as easy to eat as a biscuit or whatever makes the world of difference. eating at night time is my downfall too. i cant just not eat at night so i allow for it in my daily eating. i have those 97%fat free rice crackers and/or fruit or air popped popcorn. for me i just cant not eat at night time. i find i dont sleep very well if i go from dinner time to breakfast without anything. although we do eat dinner very early (around 5.30) because we like to eat with the kids. i think it is best to know your weaknesses and try to work around them. also, i dont think it can be said too many times – drinking water makes all the difference.

      Tip #22
      Make pasta your fast food choice – you can prepare a pasta meal and salad in 10-12 minutes.

      Tip #23
      Chilli helps to speed up metabolism – even the milder varieties.

      Tip #24
      Omelettes can be made just using egg whites! A dramatic reduction in fat.

      Tip #25
      Limit salt in cooking. Other names for salt include baking soda, baking powder, MSG and soya sauce.

      Tip #26
      For low fat gravy, drop ice cubes into the baking tray. Fat will stick to the ice cubes and can then be removed.

      Tip #27
      Chew sugarless gum. It speeds up the digestive system, burning more calories, and sometimes kills a craving.

      Tip #28
      Drinking hot water as appose to cold water can increase the speed of your metabolism and burn more calories.

      Tip #29
      Make casseroles the day before use. Refrigerate and skim fat from the top before re heating.

      Tip #30
      Always eat before you go food shopping and always prepare a shopping list. Only purchase food which relates to your weekly menu plan and don’t be tempted to buy goodies.

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