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to lose weight, or lose my life, and I wasn’t ready yet to leave Grace, my wife of 33 years.”

Although Moorehead started and failed diets on previous occasions, he credits two things with fi nally being able to succeed on one: choosing the “right-fi t” diet and doing mental preparation before embarking on the plan.

Choosing a diet plan

In the past, Moorehead took the “cutting back” approach to dieting, which he confesses made it easy to cheat. This time around, he did his research to fi nd a plan that fi t his needs and strengths, but didn’t play to his weaknesses.

For example, he knew he could never tolerate a liquid diet, because the desire to chew solid food was too great. He also didn’t have the money to join a plan where the food was shipped to his house and didn’t want to be dependent on someone else’s menu. He also knew that if he didn’t lose the weight fast, he would get discouraged.

Keeping all those things in mind, he researched diets online and came across Dr. Sanford Siegal’s Cookie Diet, which he says was the right fi t for him. “According to the materials I read, the cookies on this special diet weren’t gooey chocolate chip cookies or Oreos, but just healthy cookies. To me, that meant I wouldn’t have to heat anything up, prepare food, weigh my food, count points or anything else like that,” says Moorehead.

The Cookie Diet called for eating six cookies a day, a total of 500 calories, and a no-fat, no-dairy, no-sugar, low-carb, 500-calorie dinner in the evening, making a day’s intake 1,000 calories.

“That meant I could feel like a normal person, Submitted photos

BIG CHANGE: Marty Moorehead, left, at 363 pounds before going on Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet. At right, he’s shown at 181 pounds when he finished the diet in a little over 16 months. Today he weights 179.

and eat a nice dinner at home with Grace,” says Moorehead. “But, I had to modify the calorie count slightly to 600 for dinners to ensure sticking to it. That 100-calorie difference may have slowed my weight loss a bit, but I felt it was better to know that I could stick with the diet for the long haul than to lose the weight faster.” Another modifi cation Moorehead made to his diet was to eat regular meals all day on Sunday. “I did not, however, give myself permission to break the bank on Sundays. I ate very healthy, low calorie substitutes on Sundays, totaling about 1,100 to 1,200 calories max.”

On the diet, he went from 363 to 181 pounds, and now weights 179.

Moorehead also credits his wife with inventing some very good food substitute meals, like Lite Moussaka, Marely’s Fried Cabbage, Marty’s Lettuce Wrap and PR Spaghetti (Pasta Replacement Spaghetti).

Mental preparation

Although Moorehead says The Cookie Diet was key to his weight loss, he asserts that if he hadn’t mentally prepared himself to start the diet and continued his mental conditioning throughout the diet, he would not have succeeded.

“Before I embarked on the Cookie Diet, I took an internal look at who I was and why I had become the fat person I was. My mind came up with all kinds of ‘reasons’ as to why I was obese: there were too many kids in my family and not enough love from my parents to go around, my dad abused me as a child, stress at work, bad economy, etc.” explains Moorehead. “Then I mentally threw it all away, and all the negative feelings attached to it. None of the past matters. All that matters is this minute, the space in my life that I am standing in right now. From this point forward I am no longer who I was. I am who I am becoming.” Moorehead also employed “method acting” as a tool for weight loss.

“I put myself into the role of being a ‘right-weight’ person – the person I was becoming,” explains Moorehead. “I visualized myself doing the things I would be able to do as a thinner person, and I ‘acted’ as though I were that thinner person. If someone asked me if I wanted dessert, I didn’t say, ‘no, I’m on a diet,’ because that would be denying myself. Instead I left it at ‘no thanks.’ And inside my mind, I told myself,

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