Testimonials

DAVID

My name is David and I would like to share how Michelle's Not Diets Lifestyle Solutions class changed my life. Her class is based on her book Never Be Fat Again.

As I begin, I wish to share how I came to the point that I needed to change my lifestyle - both eating and exercise. In November of 2014, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes with an A1C of 8.5. It was at this point that my lovely wife and I decided that if we wanted to live a long, prosperous life, we needed to change our lifestyle. Our family doctor recommended that we check out the class at our local hospital on how to manage diabetes. I didn't want to "manage diabetes," taking pills and possibly more. We said, "Absolutely not!" since we knew Michelle and what she does to help people with health issues by means of lifestyle change.

David, before and after.
David, before and after.

We contacted Michelle and scheduled a consultation which led us to her class. When we began the class, I weighed 242 pounds and I wore a size 38 in pants. From the very beginning, we knew that we made one of the best decisions of our lives. I did exceptionally well and was losing a minimum of 3lbs a week. I, like so many other people, thought that I ate and lived healthy, when in reality I had no clue what "healthy" meant. I have been enlightened through Michelle's teaching on how to live a better, healthier life. I no longer make my own barbecue sauces, gravies and so many other high in sugar foods that I once loved.

About 7 weeks into the class, it was time for a 3 months check up with my doctor. My doctor was stunned at the changes I had made in my life, and the 40 pound weight loss. The results of my blood work came back, and to the surprise of many, I was no longer diabetic and my A1C was 5.7! I continued on so that by the end of the class, at week 15, I had lost 57 pounds. The pictures posted here are from my consultation and class 15. It is amazing what you can do in just 4 months, when you put your mind to it.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I now live a better, healthier life. Michelle has truly been an inspiration to my wife and me, and I love her dearly. My main goal was achieved but I gained so much more. I have now lost approximately 60lbs and I wear a size 32. My wife also lost a bunch of weight and inches. What a woman! I am truly grateful to Michelle for putting us on a path for whole new life. She is amazing. I love you sis! I still have a lot to learn even though we completed the 15 week class. I am no longer in bondage to a health-destroying lifestyle, but have been liberated and shown a better life. Thank you so much Michelle. You’re the tops!

PAULA

January, 2015

My name is Paula and I have been overweight/obese since I was about 2 years old. As a little girl, my first experience with diet pills was in 2nd grade when my mother got me some medication from the doctor. That was 61 years ago. My weight kept increasing and by the time I was 9 years old, I weighed 160 pounds. By age 17, I was up to 280 pounds. After that, my weight stayed between 275-300 pounds until I had gastric bypass at age 53, weighing 318 pounds.

Following the surgery, I got down to 185 pounds and I was able to maintain between 185-200 pounds by dieting, going to Weight Watchers, and doing all the things people do to try to lose weight. But like everyone else, I would lose 10-15 pounds and then slowly regain the weight. I was gaining weight and had gotten back up to 189 pounds when I realized I needed some way to permanently stabilize my weight and stop the yo-yo dieting that characterized my entire life.

Paula, before, when she began with Not Diets, and after.
Paula, before, when she began with Not Diets, and after.

That is when I found Michelle Davis and Not Diets. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself and for my health. It has not been always been easy, but with Michelle's coaching and the cooking classes that go along with her health education classes, it enabled me to implement the changes I needed to make. I now begin each morning with a green smoothie, I have a large meal-sized salad for lunch or dinner each day. I wear my pedometer daily, have taken up hiking along with my dancing. I also go to the gym for zumba classes. I truly enjoy my new lifestyle and my health has improved. I have more energy and have gotten off of four prescription drugs!

A wonderful side effect of practicing a healthy lifestyle is a healthy weight. All of my adult life I have tried to reach the goal of getting back to 160 pounds, which I weighed as a 9 yr old. I now weigh 150 pounds and am not sure what I will weigh when my body stops losing. I can honestly say that after all these years of focusing on weight, my main concern is no longer my weight, but to maintain good health. With the Not Diets lifestyle, I got both!

Thank you, Michelle, for helping me to achieve a lifelong goal. Here's to health!

CAROLINE

After quitting a stressful nursing job I was ready to get in shape. A friend encouraged me to look into Not Diets. It had been years since I saw the bathroom scale below 180 pounds and I was somewhat skeptical about the amount of weight I could lose. Also, I wanted my husband, Bob, to be on board with the program so we could make a commitment together. We beat a nicotine addiction together in the past knew the value of a support system in achieving goals.

Caroline, before and after.
Caroline, before and after.

Fifteen months later and 144 pounds lighter (63 pounds for me), not only have we both lost weight but we feel much healthier and energetic. Our sleep has improved and we no longer snore. Overall aches and pains are minimal because of the anti inflammatory effects of eating a nutrient dense diet. Green smoothies have become our preferred breakfast. Our blood pressure is now normal and resting heart rate has decreased significantly. We walk 3-4 miles daily, work out at the gym and have taken up cycling again. People comment that we look younger.

One of the things I love about nutrient dense eating is that there is no portion control or calorie counting. Also, most of the cooked meals can be made in large portions and the extra food frozen for a later date. It is well worth the effort and fits in with a busy lifestyle. Now I buy mostly organic vegetables and fruits and shop the farmers market when available. Beans have become our "meat" although we are not vegetarians. We eat a small amount of organic meat and wild salmon.

Thank you Michelle for your support and encouragement. This lifestyle is for anyone who wants to become healthier and lose weight.

BOB

I was skeptical at first since we have done weight loss programs in the past and the weight came back on after a couple of years. I now know why the earlier attempts did not last. We went back to our old habits and food.

Michelle's plan has taught us a lot about healthy eating in its truest sense. The name is exactly right, it is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change that begins with learning about how nutrition truly governs our life and health. I used to think I was pretty good about "eating my veggies." In fact, I thought I was super good about it since there is not much "veggie-wise" I will not eat. What an education we have received.

The key to the whole thing for us is that we are doing it together and being each other's support. I think those people who do this on their own are the real heroes, taking charge of their own lives and making a concerted effort in spite of families and friends who do not participate with them.

Bob, before and after.
Bob, before and after.

Now, being a creature of habit, I know how hard it is to change what I have eaten my whole life. However, the beauty of this program is that you can tailor it to your own comfort level. Once the results begin to show, it becomes more attractive due to the simple fact that it works. The old adage "you get out of it what you put in it" is so true.

I admit that I still daydream about bacon and eggs for breakfast instead of a green smoothie every day, but who can argue with the fact that I have lost 81 pounds, gone down in waist size from a 52 to 42 (I am not done yet) and have friends who literally did not recognize me a year after I started this program!

I also enjoy the fact that my back does not hurt like it used to. Another encouragement is that I can actually walk into a regular clothing store and buy pants off the hanger in my size instead of catalog shopping as I have done for the past 20+ years. I think this lifestyle will last me the rest of my life, the now longer version.