Transcript for How one bride lost more than 60 pounds before her wedding
weight loss journey. A bride determined to get healthy is sharing how she dropped more than 60 pounds without surgery. Diane Macedo has her story. ?????? Reporter: It's one woman's remarkable transformation from this to this. 35-year-old Melissa mountain dropping more than 60 pounds in five months. I just got tired of looking at myself in the mirror and seeing what I was seeing every day. I didn't want to be that, quote/unquote fat bride at my wedding. Reporter: Step one, getting control of her diet. I drank more water. I was a huge soda addict. Pork, a vegetable side. A lot was controlling the portions. Reporter: Her favorite healthy hack. Ditch the salad dressing for salsa. Dressings tend to have more calories. Reporter: Step two making fitness a priority. Melissa brought the gym home by adding an entire workout room and stayed motivated by tracking her food and workouts with the free app lose it. By setting small goals, you know, 20 pound, 30 pounds and you keep pushing your goal out farther as you reach those goals it's going to motivate you even more. Reporter: Her other big incentive, the dress. I actually had to end up exchanging my wedding dress for a smaller size. The fact that I had to get a smaller wedding dress just made me feel even that much better. Reporter: But perhaps her biggest motivator was her husband Kevin who lost more than 60 pounds himself. It's nice going from a size 2x barely fitting down to a size large. I just wanted to help her out with her weight loss. It's hard to do it by yourself without having somebody there to encourage you. I had tried it a few times in the past and I would lose 20 pounds and something would come up and it was one excuse after another. Oh, I'll get back on to it Monday or the first of the month I'll start again and I think having him motivate me and being by my side doing it helped out tremendously. Life is just a lot easier now. The more weight you lose, the more energy you have. The healthier you feel. It's just such a better life now. For "Good morning America," Diane Macedo, ABC news, new York. We are so glad that they're happy. Let's bring in our nutritionist. Welcome Maya feller back to "Gma." Good to have you here. Beyond diet and exercise, motivation, what other motivation helped Melissa. I love she was motivated for this desire for lasting change. That was fantastic. You know, I often tell my patients when you go to your job you're always prepared for presentations. However, when it comes to food, you don't plan throughout the day, right? So I mean to see impactful change is important to make mindful intentional choices around what you're putting into your body, right? Right but there's so much out there. There's all these different diet plans and things like that so how can you help us in balancing what we're eating. Okay, so we know there's no such thing as one size fits all. Right? I love the plate method because you're able to modify it according to the individual person you start with half your plate as nonstarchy vegetable, one-quarter is protein, followed by a quarter as grain, beans or starchy vegetables and here in real life we've got broccoli as well as green beans so it's a really nice mix of vegetables followed by grilled chicken and then sweet potato. We also saw with Melissa, it was clever of how how she swapped out salad dressing with salsa. I love that instead of going for sugary calorie rich dressings I personally love a spice. A pickled jalapeno. That's a lot of spice. Oh, my god, this is so much spice. I love to put it on my meats and veggies, anywhere. Sometimes you look at that as being bland but, you know, you can spice it up a little bit. Accountability is key. Yes, accountability is absolutely key. So she used an app that helped her track what she was putting into her body in terms of food as well as her physical activity. So for some people the app may not work and they're going to look like a social media platform with a supportive community. Either way you need to be accountable for what you're doing That's right, all right,
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