By Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A diet solution that a south Jersey woman says can work for anyone. She’s a living example. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has the weight loss success story.
Seeing a photo from a trip was the turn around moment for Renee Gelber who weighed 243 pounds.
“I didn’t even recognize myself in the picture,” said Renee.
She used to wear a size 20, a skirt that now fits around two people.
“It looks better with both of us than when I was just in here alone, it really does,” said Renee. She weighs 140 pounds now. She’s lost over one hundred pounds. It took two and a half years.
“One small change a week. One small change ya know leads to another small change, leads to big success.
I feel amazing. I feel like a different person,” said Renee.
She did it with Weight Watchers.
“I still get my chocolate, my pizza, things that I love, but instead of eating the pie, I eat a slice,” said Renee.
Once the 31-year-old started losing the weight and feeling better about herself, Renee tried Zumba. She loved it so much, she became a certified instructor. That’s when she lost the other 50 pounds.
“It not only sped up my weight loss, but it helped transform my body which is amazing,” said Renee. She says Zumba is a calorie burning workout that anyone can do.
It’s a dramatic transformation that Renee, now a size seven, says it difficult, but doable and worth it.
Renee says she can burn up to 800 calories each class. And she’s had so much success with the Weight
Watchers diet, she now works for the company.
Renee’s having an upcoming Zumba fundraiser, to share her success with others. Proceeds are going to the Make A Wish Foundation.