One of the things that hurt Lizmery Perez the most about being overweight was the fact that this made her look 10 to 15 years older than her actual age. She always saw herself and was told that she looked a lot older than what she was.
This is another amazing and inspirational story of someone who dreamed about changing his life, and with a good attitude and hard work was able to lose 215 pounds. He said Yes You Can! and lost all of the emotional and physical weight that he’d carried his entire life. Cristopher suffered from obesity his whole life and this made every single day a constant battle. Simple things like walking, running, buying clothes and having fun with his friends became too complicated for him because of his obesity, and that was why he decided to transform his life forever. This triumphant Colombian was able to completely change his way of eating and he adopted a much more active lifestyle, but most importantly he was able to start seeing all of the positive things in his life instead of the negative and thanks to Alejandro Chabán’s inspiration. With patience and dedication, Cristopher started focusing day by day, meal by meal and thought by thought to reach his goal.
Today “Cris”, as all his friends call him, has a completely new perspective on life. He no longer sees obstacles – he sees possibilities and in less than a year that he’s lived without being overweight he has accomplished more dreams than in the rest of his life put together. Now, every hour that goes by he is closer to his goal thanks to the Yes You Can! ™ Diet Plan products. The collagen product the plan offers has been a blessing, because it has helped him tremendously to eliminate flaccidity and the excess of skin that remained after losing more than 200 pounds. Now Cristopher has become another one of our Yes You Can! heroes!
After having a baby, I was able to lose all the weight I gained from my pregnancy, but got stuck at 165 pounds. There was nothing that could help me lose that weight, and the frustration led to a very sedentary lifestyle and I lost all motivation. The fact that my sisters and friends were in amazing shape and were able to wear anything they wanted made it even more frustrating. I went up to a size 10 and I hated having to buy new clothes all the time. They all made me look older and bigger.
Growing up in a Middle Eastern family meant that everything we did centered around food, and my mom loved to cook. Every single day she coked a whole banquet for us; she would even get mad if we didn’t clean our plates. I remember that my cousin Alejandro Chabán and I were always the chubby ones in the family. We used to have competitions to see who ate more while the whole family cheered us on and even gave us prizes. We took a lot of family trips and Ale and I would eat anything we could find, even though inside I felt terrible that I knew I always had him by my side as my accomplice.
After a few years, this became my whole life. I didn’t know anything else and food was my answer to happiness, sadness, anxiety, stress and anger. Deep down, I knew that this wasn’t the life I wanted for myself - I wanted to be a lot more active and enjoy playing baseball with my friends, going to parties and experiencing all those moments that I missed out on because of my weight. As a kid, I never worried about my health or the way I looked, but as the years went by I noticed the physical and emotional damage that had been done.
My struggle with weight started in my teenage years. I was never extremely obese but I was always chubby and couldn’t control it. Little by little I saw my weight increasing and without even knowing it, I’d gained 20 pounds. This made me feel uncomfortable and very unattractive, besides the fact that everyone told me I looked a lot older than I actually was.
I was stuck at that weight and there was nothing I could do to lose it. I tried a million different things to solve the problem but whatever weight I lost, I would gain right back. It became very frustrating because I really felt like there was no way in the world I could lose those 20 pounds. I remember just like it was yesterday… one Christmas I was looking at family pictures and instead of being happy, I couldn’t stop thinking about how big I looked. I hated that person in the pictures and knew it wasn’t me. This was the point when I said, “I’ve had enough!” and decided to leave that person in the past.
I can say that my struggle with weight has been with me my whole life. When I was born, I weighed 12 pounds! My entire childhood I was obese, and at that time it made me happy because everyone kept telling me how healthy and pretty I looked. All of my mom’s friends kept saying how amazing I looked, so I just kept eating without any self-control. Once I was a teenager, I kept up these eating habits, but at this point it became a concern and even my family was impressed with how much I ate. My mother tried to control the amounts that I ate and I took it personally, like she was trying to make me sad so this created a rift between us. My sisters kept telling me that I was never going to find a boyfriend and I just told them that I didn’t care about men and that anyone who wanted to be with me would love me for who I was. Deep down I knew I was lying, and the fact that my looks were keeping me from being happy made really depressed.
Little by little, the frustration about my physical appearance became a secondary issue to my health issues. I wanted to look feminine and pretty but the worst part was all the physical pain that I started to feel in my spine and legs. My weight caused severe nerve damage and kidney stones, which made every single day very uncomfortable.
My story began after I found out that my daughter was sick. I have two children and they mean the world to me. Wendy, the oldest, was diagnosed with a disease that forced us to go to the hospital every day in order for her to receive strong treatments to combat the disease.
I was always a sedentary person. I never liked or tried to get involved in physical activities. I always signed up for the gym but never ended up going. I didn’t even do any outdoor things like jogging or biking. I was just stuck in a routine of terrible eating habits and no activity at all.
The truth is that it was awful to get to the point that I didn’t even notice it, but in the blink of an eye, I’d gained over 100 pounds. It’s amazing how fast you can become obese without even realizing how much harm you’re doing to your body and self-esteem.
I was a small-framed person growing up, always around 139 pounds, but as the years went by and after 5 children, all of that changed. I was only 24 years old, but my last pregnancy was triplets so my body had to go through a lot and it completely changed me as a woman. Raising 5 children at such a young age caused a lot of stress and problems with my partner, and naturally all of my focus was on the children, so I neglected him and most importantly, I forgot about myself. The only thing that would help me deal with the stress was food; it became my friend and my escape from all the chaos. This situation spiraled out of control and I came to weigh a frightening 206 pounds.
I had a very normal childhood - I was always very happy, and surrounded by a loving family and friends. Even though I was happy, as the years went by I started to gain weight without even noticing. In my home, everything we ate was unhealthy, and there wasn’t much of an exercise culture either so I became 20 pounds overweight at just 19 years of age.
At this point in my life, especially because I’m a girl, it was very hard to deal with all the changes that come with adolescence. You start to feel attracted to boys and worry about the way you look. It was really frustrating to me that I couldn’t go shopping with my friends because I had to limit myself to buy “chubby” clothes, and I didn’t feel pretty or attractive. It was also very hard to deal with the cruelty of others that had no consideration for my feelings. They bullied me so much that I started to believe what they were saying. My self-esteem was shattered, and every time I looked at myself in the mirror I hated what I was seeing. I also felt tired all the time and I never wanted to do anything. It took me twice as long to get things done as it would everyone else. I could never run, jog or even walk a long distance. My least favorite time of the week was P.E. class - it was frustrating and embarrassing.
Seven years ago I got married, and at that point quit my job to dedicate all of my time to my home. I spent all my time at home watching TV and surfing the web. I did no physical activity whatsoever and because I was bored I just kept eating and eating all the time. My life became an endless routine of sedentary and terrible eating habits, which ultimately caused me to gain more than 100 pounds in less than 2 years. I was desperate because my body changed and I wasn’t comfortable with that, and I also started to feel dizzy all the time and really tired because of the excess cholesterol and the heart problems that I started experiencing due to my obesity.
I was extremely depressed, had no energy, and didn’t know what to do or where to get help. One Tuesday morning, I was sitting on my couch feeling depressed, watching TV as usual and I saw an episode of Despierta America in which Alejandro Chaban was talking about doing a mental diet and every single word he said just stuck with me. I felt like he was talking directly to me, so I started following him everywhere. I opened a Twitter account and added him to Facebook, and every single day I was more interested and identified with his approach to dieting. Ever since that day, I began to follow his advice and making all the recipes I saw on www.YesYouCanDietPlan.com. Their blog was my favorite part - they gave me amazing tips that got me motivated and gave me all the knowledge I needed to achieve my goals. I put into practice every single piece of information they gave and the change was amazing and immediate.
Ever since I was a little kid, I had problems with my weight. I remember that other kids in school and in my neighborhood always gave me nicknames, and the bullying was constant. I remember being called “piggy” and all the kids making fun of my weight with no regard for my feelings. I felt like a total loser! When I became a teenager, I stopped paying attention to the other kids, but I had another problem: I was interested in what the girls would think of me I was unfortunately rejected many times. They all told me that they loved my personality and liked me as a friend but that they were really not attracted to me. Having to be in the “friend zone” with every girl I knew was my day to day nightmare and this caused me a lot of suffering.
I’d never really talked about this before Alejandro proposed the great Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan challenge to me. It felt really great to talk about it, especially with someone who had lived through everything that I had. I went through a very hard struggle with bulimia when I was 14. I used to throw up everything I ate and this made me really sick at one point. All the loneliness that I felt led me to eat compulsively and then I felt bad and had to throw up everything I ate. My parents were really concerned and the doctors could not figure out what was going on. I was too ashamed to tell them what I was doing.
One of the main disadvantages of being overweight is how it affected my self-esteem. My personal appearance was a disaster; I couldn’t find any pretty clothes that fit me, my arms didn’t fit in the shirts and my pants ripped because my thighs were rubbing against each other all the time. I couldn’t even find shoes that fit because my feet were too swollen, so I had to wear sandals every day. I gave up on going shopping because I knew that I wasn’t going to find anything for me that would make me feel pretty. Because of this, I always wore the same clothes, not wanting to change my appearance. Food became a comfort for me; I ate non-stop. I used to have pizza and soda for breakfast - in fact, once I ordered two large hamburger combos with sodas and fries with extra nuggets! It was a vicious cycle, and the more I ate, the more insecure I felt about myself, and my self-esteem was on the floor.
I didn’t even know there was a disease called Morbid Obesity until my routine check up with the doctor. Due to my high blood pressure, my doctor did blood work. When I went to pick up the results the bill was for $700, so I called my insurance to ask why the bill was so high and they told me that they couldn’t cover it because the diagnosis was Morbid Obesity. Naturally, I told the person in the lab that it was a mistake and that that was not what I had. The next day, I went to the doctor’s office to ask for an explanation and one of the nurses told me that in fact I was suffering from that disease. I was shocked. The worst part was when he said to me, “I don’t understand why you are scared - nowadays everybody has it”.
Thanks to my husband’s job, we had the pleasure of living in Italy for 3 years. It was an amazing experience that gave us a lot of satisfaction but it also made me pack on a lot of pounds…I was seduced by the pizza, the pasta and the wine. I can’t deny that like every good Mexican, I was used to succulent and greasy food but that time we spent in Italy definitely took a major toll on my weight.
For years, I had to battle with my weight and I was tired and depressed. I hated what I saw in the mirror and I avoided going out because I was ashamed of myself. Honestly, I wanted to be invisible to people so that no one could see how sad and depressed I really was. I was getting tired of putting on that “mask” of the jolly chubby girl, and I was tired of pretending to be someone I wasn’t.
My whole life I considered myself a little bit chubby but never overweight. I assumed that it was my build, and that the few extra pounds weren't a problem for me. I never thought of eating right or doing exercise. After my second pregnancy I started to gain weight, and ended up weighing 145 pounds. That’s when I realized that I wasn’t chubby anymore - I was overweight.
I was always tired, couldn’t enjoy my kids, and my energy levels were at an all-time low, and I felt distressed and without perspective. I was also very frustrated because of the way I looked. I wasn’t able to find pretty clothes that fit me and I didn’t feel attractive. My depression was horrible.
My life was horrible due to overweight, and I constantly felt sad, depressed, ate a lot of sweets (especially chocolate) to make myself feel better, which in the end made me feel worse. I lived very stressed out, preferred to stay home because my clothes did not fit me, and the boys didn’t even notice me. I stopped going to the beach or the pool because I didn’t want anyone to see me in swimsuit. One of the many experiences that I experienced being obese was when I traveled to one of the beaches in Venezuela, where I noticed that people have no compassion and they look at you like you're from another planet when you’re overweight. Another time, we went to a restaurant and the waiter said, "We are going to give a double portion to this fat girl because one portion will not make her full.” He laughed and said, “This is all the better for us because we will charge her double.”
My friends always asked me why I was getting fatter. I had countless bad and sad memories at that time. The reasons that influenced my obesity were: stress, college, work, a sedentary life, not having stable and planned mealtimes, lack of motivation, my divorce and two car accidents. While I was recovering from my accident, I saw a morning television program in which Alejandro Chabán had a segment where he gives advice. I saw how he managed to change the lives of others, and I said, “One day he will help me." Now I am accomplishing my dreams and my goals! Alejandro Chabán has been my inspiration, my blessing and my motivation and I have seen how he managed to overcome obstacles and became a role model for the Latino community. In his book he speaks of being teased, not being accepted, not having many friends and many other things that I myself have experienced most of my life, and with every word I read, I said, “That was me!”
When you start to gain weight gradually you realize it, but hope that people don’t notice. For me, it was the other way around because I started to gain weight so rapidly that all of the people around me would notice and make comments to me every time they would see me. For a long time, the only question people would ask me was, “What happened? Why are you so fat?” and every time this would happen, my self-esteem would decrease and my weight would increase because depression would lead me straight to seeking comfort in food.
I had been thin my entire life, but at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with a condition called Endometriosis, which is exacerbated by menstrual problems, and in my case, it developed in my pelvis. My real struggles began when cancerous cells began to grow. During the treatment, I had to start taking a lot of medications that prevented me from doing a lot of activity and that caused my body to retain fats as a defense mechanism. During the time I was undergoing treatment, I was in a very dark place, none of the clothes that I had fit me, and I was ashamed for people to see me. I stopped going out because I didn’t want people to keep asking me about my weight and having to explain my health situation a million times. I was so depressed that I even stopped working for a while. My weight was affecting all aspects of my life.
For as long as I can remember, I have been on a diet. I have been worried about my weight my entire life. After I turned 15, my eating troubles got worse, so much so that I ended up becoming anorexic. This situation that I’d placed myself in affected my life seriously, as well as affecting my health and my surrounding environment. I was tired, sick and tormented by my eating disorder.
With a lot of help and support from my family, I managed to overcome my battle with anorexia, but no sooner had I conquered this disorder that I got pregnant and I began to put on weight again. I have to admit that I had a very sedentary life and I wasn’t eating properly. I attempted to shed the lbs. whichever way served that purpose, even if I was risking my health by doing lots of crazy diets that would help for a few days, but then I would bounce back and gain twice the amount of lbs. I had lost. Thanks to the rebound effect that these diets produce, they end up being dangerous and dysfunctional and this is how the remedy for weight loss ended up being a worse alternative that led to prolonged sickness and my weight increased to 230 lbs.
Being a musician, I was always convinced that talent was the most important thing in being successful, but in recent years I realized that appearance also influences success. So many times, someone would be really interested in my work through hearing a recording and then, in person, everything would change. That’s when the budget started to disappear, old acquaintances would come over that had already offered me a job, and canceled the recording with a million excuses that I knew weren’t true. It was so hard having to face the rejection so many times and knowing that my weight was holding me back from arriving at the goal I wanted.
When I was overweight, I was tired all day. All of the simple activities like walking to my car, opening a bottle, or even cutting my nails would leave me exhausted and with serious muscle pain. I think 10 years had passed since I had gotten a full night’s sleep, because I would always wake up in the middle of the night not being able to breathe and sweating like I had just run a marathon. During this time, I had spent thousands of dollars on doctors, massages, pain medicine and treatments to be able to sleep… Today, I feel like I wasted all of that money because the solution was always in my hands, and I never wanted to believe it. Another part of my life that had been affected was my emotional health. Obesity made my sex life a disaster, because I didn’t have any endurance and even taking my clothes off required great effort and that would eventually kill the buzz of the moment.
When I was around 7 years old, I started to gain weight, and became the “fattie”. I had very happy toddler and preschool years, surrounded by friends and family, but also by comments and jokes about my weight.
My parents are originally from El Salvador, and that is where I grew up for the first 10 years of my life. At 13, my family and I came back to the United States and thus a trying and difficult time in my life ensued. I began my teenage years in a new and unknown country, and it was a complete culture shock. The social pressure was intense, and it affected and had a great impact on me. Here, the jokes are quite a bit harsher and more offensive than in my home country. My girlfriends at school looked like dolls, worried about looking pretty, always looking their best, dieting, boys, and fashion. I felt invisible, and when I wasn’t invisible, I was viewed in a negative light.
When I was overweight, I craved everything I saw. Every 5 minutes, I would see a different commercial on TV promoting “the best diet in the world” and everyone in my family would give me different advice. The first diet that I tried was the pineapple diet, which my cousin recommended to me. I lasted about 2 weeks eating only pineapple and lost 3 pounds of pure water, however at the end, I got terribly sick due to lack of nutrients. My doctor told me that I had almost become anemic.
In addition to this diet, I also tried hot and cold girdles, wrapped myself in plastic, stopped eating for 3 days straight and even injected myself with artichoke. Nothing worked for me and that caused me to grow more frustrated and caused my self-esteem to drop. During this time, the most complicated thing was that no one wanted to see or be around me because I turned into a very negative person who was always bitter and in a bad mood. These changes in my mood created problems, even in my marriage and it hurt me because I love my husband like crazy and he continued to support me and the only thing he would receive from me was a bad attitude and very little affection.
As a little girl I never had a lot of problems with my weight, on the contrary! They used to call me names because I was so skinny. I first started gaining weight right after I had my first baby; from one moment to another I gained 70 pounds. During the months of pregnancy I never cared about my weight, I just thought I would lose them as soon as I gave birth but that didn’t actually happen. When my son was born, I tried every single type of diet but I never followed through. Since I’d never been overweight I really didn’t know how to deal with it. I felt like everyone’s eyes were always on me, and it really affected my psychologically. I only found comfort in food so that started a vicious circle that didn’t seem to stop. I remember eating whole boxes of cereal and entire bags of bread without even realizing it.
Everything got worse when I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and a few months later I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I was in treatment for 5 consecutive years; this led to many radiation therapies and low sodium diets that really affected my weight. Months went by and I was still stuck at the weight I was unhappy with, and I felt frustrated because there was nothing I could do about it. When I look back now I realize that I was doing a lot of things wrong. I was being negative and not really trying. I just gave up and forgot about me, and never made an effort to eat better or even look better which affected my self-esteem even more.
Like many women, I’ve always had to be very cognizant of my weight and very careful with what I eat so I don’t gain weight. I came to a place in my life, though in which the sadness and depression I felt from being away from my family that was living in Guatemala caused me to gain weight.
After two consecutive pregnancies in which I gained a total of 68 lbs., my pregnancy weight combined with my prior weight put me at 178 lbs. and I didn’t know how to lose that weight. It got to the point in which I didn’t want to be in photographs, never wanted to go out, and I didn’t even want to visit my family in my country because I didn’t want them to see how heavy I had become. I didn’t put makeup on or make myself look nice because I felt like nothing looked good on me and I hated going clothes shopping because I never found anything I liked. My husband was very understanding and very patient, but I didn’t feel like I was attractive to him and this was even more frustrating.
What made me want to lose weight was that I no longer wanted to be depressed due to my overweight, and I could no longer handle my severe back pain. I have a condition in my lower back called spinal stenosis, and as well as arthritis and hernias. All of this makes me so uncomfortable and being as overweight as I was, the discomfort was tripled. I could not exercise, and it was even hard to get up sometimes. During one of my doctor’s visits, my doctor was honest with me and said, “If you want to be cured of all your pain, it is imperative that you lose all of the extra weight your body is carrying.” I wanted to seek another opinion about my sickness, so I visited a surgeon that told me, “I have officially broken the record with you. You are the youngest patient I’ve treated with this condition, and if you want to get better without an operation, you need to lose weight. If you don’t, you will need an operation, physical therapy, and you will need to get an epidural injection every 6 months.”
I started looking for new ways to lose the weight, because I had already tried everything, without any luck. I was pretty much hopeless. I would look at myself in the mirror and see the cellulite in my muscles, and I looked worn out even though I was only 35 years old. Soon afterwards, I turned on the TV and saw Alejandro Chabán with Cristina Álvarez, who lost weight using the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, and I got excited. The supplements helped me feel in control, and sometimes relieved my anxiety. The plan lets me eat a lot of the foods I really like, including the Latin dishes with which I grew up, and it’s not a diet where I have to feel starved. I also love the protein shakes- especially the ones that are vanilla flavored.
"When you’re overweight, there are so many things that make your life difficult. What bothered me the most was feeling sick every single day. Due to my weight, I lived every day with a headache, which would not go away, no matter how much pain medication I took. Along with that, I was always tired. I didn’t want to move, and even if I wanted to, I didn’t have the energy to have fun and play with my daughter. I always tried to do extreme diets and stop eating, but what would actually happen in the end was that I would be in more pain and had less motivation.
I had been thin my entire life. In fact, people always called me “skinny girl” or “skinny little thing”, which drew the attention away from the way I ate. I thought that my body was naturally that way, and that I would always have that body type.
When I was younger, I was always average for my height; I’m 5’5” and I weighed 135 lbs. As is the case with many women, after getting married and having my first daughter, I gained 25 lbs. I managed to lose those 25 lbs. with a lot of effort, but I was able to do it. With my second pregnancy, I gained weight again. Something unexpected happened, though that changed y life: when my youngest daughter turned 2, she was diagnosed with leukemia – cancer of the blood. I didn’t know what to do – It had such an impact on mine and my family’s life that I developed anxiety and it drove me to find comfort in food. I felt so depressed, and didn’t want to do anything.
2 years and many treatments later, the doctors managed to control my daughter’s sickness and, even though she remained under close observation, she was out of the danger zone. At that point, as I tried to take the appropriate measures to lose the weight I’d gained, my dieting “agony” began. The diets I was trying were not healthy; I remember the time I did the “Chinese pill” diet and this diet consisted of barely eating and once I would decide to quit it, I would gain it back twofold! I was wearing a pant sized 16, and a short size XXL. I felt ugly. I couldn’t go shopping because I’d suffer seeing that everything I tried on looked awful on me. Several years went by this way, and I couldn’t lose the weight even though I tried, with no positive results.
I had been thin since I was a little girl, but when I turned 24 and after my daughter was born, I entered in a deep depression and started to gain weight. My life overweight was like hell - I was sad all the time and never smiled. I just wanted to sleep all the time, didn’t want to speak to anybody and I began to change completely as a person. I went from a happy girl that loved to go out and dance to a sad and depressed woman who had no desire to leave her house.
I was gaining a lot of weight without being aware of it, I wore baggy pants, and didn’t want to paint my nails or brush my hair. I felt like a cockroach - I thought that I was only good for cooking, cleaning my house, and taking care of my kids. I was an emotional wreck and my kids were suffering as well because I didn’t want to go out and play with them. Food was my only distraction. For lunch I would have beans, cheese, 8 or 9 tortillas, a soda, and sweet bread. This was an all day thing – to the point where I woke up in the middle of the night and started eating whatever there was in the fridge.
At only 15 years of age and thanks to the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan by Alejandro Chabán, Ginelys Arroyo lost 76 pounds and changed her life forever. This spectacular Boricua grew up in her family’s restaurant, so she ate all day every day, and even when she wasn’t hungry. Eating out of habit and being excessive with sweets led to her weight being out of control and her self-esteem beginning to disappear. Her obesity kept her from leading the life she really wanted. She’d always loved sports, but was saddened because she could not participate. No one ever picked her to be on their team and they would always fight to NOT have to play with her. Every single day was a little more frustrating to spend time around her friends - they only talked about clothes, boys and parties and she never had anything to say about any of these.
Ginelys was sick and tired of everyone calling her fat and having to wear ugly adult clothing, so a few days before her 15th birthday, she decided to transform her life and the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan was the perfect solution. The protein shakes became her best friends and she never went anywhere without having one in her purse or in her school bag. Ginelys says that the key to her success was the 24/7 support from the specialists and the whole Yes You Can! Team. They were always there to answer her questions and kept her focused.
As a kid I was always chubby but when I turned 16, my weight gain began to spiral out of control. What affected me the most was that at this point my parents decided to come to the US and I started to miss my native Honduras very much. I had left all of my friends and family back home and this created a huge gap in my life. When I was 17 I reached 217 pounds due to of all the anxiety and sadness that I tried to hide with food. My teenage years were full of exhaustion, excessive sleeping, low self-esteem and staying at home all the time to hide from the rest of the people my age. My weight even affected my age because even at 17 I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hormonal issues that lead to very irregular menstrual cycles.
“Having to go to the adult section every time I wanted to buy clothes and having to get the most boring styles was one of the things I hated the most about being overweight.”
With every pound gained, Daniel Pérez lost a little bit more of his self-esteem until it was completely gone. Obesity made Daniel lose his love for himself and he stopped caring about his appearance and his health, which pushed people away until he felt almost invisible. This was frustrating because people wouldn’t even notice him to make fun; it was like he didn’t even exist. Food was a very important part of his life, as it is for most Mexicans, and even this had lost its appeal. He was only eating junk food or whatever he could find once or twice a day. The lack of confidence was very evident and that’s why his friends never wanted to take him to the clubs. They felt he has going to “scare away” the girls. The moment he decided that enough was enough was when he asked a girl how old she thought he was and she said, “Over 30?” when he was only 19. This made him react and he immediately began to change his life forever. Daniel wanted an easy and effective way to do this and in Alejandro Chabán he found the perfect formula.
Food had always been a refuge for me and my greatest weakness, but it made me feel like I was in heaven for a few moments, and then dragged me into hell for the rest of the time. Even recounting my experience of overweight is painful for me, and just thinking about it puts a knot in my throat.
December 31st, Lisbel couldn’t stop thinking of and getting frustrated because of the way she felt and looked in her oversized clothes. While she was feeling terrible, her cousin was the light of the party with an amazing little black dress that she herself really wanted to be able to wear.
Being the chubby girl in her class was something that never really agreed with Lisbel. She was really hurt with all the taunting and bullying and she always wanted to hide to avoid getting hurt. This drove her to become very introverted and shy. Simple things like leaving the house became difficult because of her insecurities. While all of her friends talked about parties and boys, she would feel frustrated because she felt like her weight was keeping her from having a really happy life.
Ever since I was 12 years old, I remember that I ate large portions and I snacked all day long. I was a very spoiled little girl and I was allowed to do whatever I wanted. My dad’s favorite saying was, “If she likes it, let her have it, and if she doesn’t like it, then give it to her so she will.”
My mom would make me large breakfasts that included arepas with shredded beef, coffee with milk and I would take the same thing for my morning snack at school. At school, I also ate donuts, a malt beverage, and for lunch I would eat soup, meat, fruit and dessert. Then again at night I would feast on arepas, bread and ham, cheese and juice. Being chubby didn’t bother me until I was about 14. All of my friends were thin and on occasion, they made me feel like I was not a part of the group since I was overweight. At that time, food was my remedy to boredom, but at the same time I felt bad because I am very girlie and I hated looking the way I did.
The worst moment in our friend Alejandro’s life was when he heard his doctor say that his life was in danger because of his obesity. Alejandro was at risk of getting hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.
His life had lost its meaning because of all the limitations that his weight put on him. He couldn’t go out dancing, bowling or any other activity that all the rest of his friends were doing. While everyone else was having an amazing time, he had to sit at home and look at pictures on Facebook and hear all their amazing stories. To boot, there was also the fact that he never found clothes that he liked, he was always tired, heavy and without any energy whatsoever. Tired of having his body keep him from being happy and free and his health being threatened, he looked for the inspiration he needed and found it in Alejandro Chabán’s story. Seeing that he could follow the same formula for success in the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan motivated him and he started taking note of all of Alejandro’s tips and recommendations and he was able to lose over 84 pounds!
“The reason I wanted to lose weight and change my life was for my two kids. They are my all and I wanted to be full of life for them!”
Luisa Velásquez is extremely proud of being a homemaker and wouldn’t change it for the world, but when she had her children and dedicated her life to her family, she ignored her own needs. Being home all day had made her very sedentary and created a habit of going to the kitchen every 5 minutes to eat anything she could find out of boredom. Repeating this pattern day after day for years caused a critical level of obesity in her. Luisa remembers that her feet hurt and felt swollen all the time. She also felt tired, sleepy and had horrible headaches every single day. Her self-esteem dissipated and she felt very unattractive to the point that she never wanted to leave her house so she always made up excuses to stay. The saddest memory she has from this period was when all of her pants started to rip, and out of embarrassment she blamed her dryer. This was a harsh wakeup call that led her to look for a change, and this is when she found in the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan by Alejandro Chabán the key to losing 60 pounds!
As a kid, I was thin, but when I turned 14, I began gaining weight uncontrollably. My weight gain was due ot a drastic change in my eating habits, since my family had just moved to the United States from Venezuela at the time. Here everything was different; everything was rush, rush and I began to become addicted to fast food and microwaveable foods, like pizza and empanadas. I also began to substitute water for juice and soda, and in a day I was consuming sometimes up to a 2 liter of soda. At the beginning of my weight gain I wasn’t worried, but I began noticing and becoming concerned once people started looking at me differently, as if they felt sorry for me, and my clothes had stopped fitting me comfortable. Once I decided to take action, I was 250 lbs., and wearing a size 17.
At that moment, I felt like the “ugly duckling” because my friends were all beautiful. My partner at the time wasn’t supportive in any of it, and even asked me, “Who is going to look at a fat girl like you?” This hurt me very deeply and I became depressed, but I kept eating because I was trying to forget about what I was going through. But even when I was full, I’d continue eating. My parents were hurting seeing me this way, and had no idea what to do to help. I don’t think one day went by in which my mom didn’t see my cry, and she would tell me, “One day you will get where you want to be.”
The most traumatic moment in William’s obesity process was the day he had to take the stairs and fainted because his body couldn’t take the exertion.
From this moment on, Will Fuentes decided to change his life forever. He left all of the junk food behind and understood that being in school and not having enough time to eat was not an excuse to eat poorly. Following the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, he was able to get organized and motivated to start an exercise and activity routine. In just 9 weeks of hard work, he was able to lose 54 pounds and started to be able to live again. Will says that after his transformation, he started enjoying his life for the first time and was able to understand how exciting it was to be able to finally buy fashionable clothes, go to the parties, talk to the girls he liked and move around without feeling limited by his own body. Thanks to the Yes You Can! products, he is getting closer every day to his dream of having a six-pack like Alejandro Chabán’s. The protein shakes and the fat burner have made every second he spends at the gym count even more and they motivate him to train a lot harder every day.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been chubby and everyone told me to get used to it because it was hereditary and I’d come from a long line of family members with overweight, but little did I know how wrong they were. I was well aware that I was overweight and that’s why I spent my time trying all sorts of diets that didn’t give me the results I sought, and that made me feel defeated and sad because I felt I’d never be like my girlfriends.
When I was around people, I seemed happy but inside I felt awful, with no energy and very alone. When I would socialize with friends, they would make fun of me and say I was a mess, and call me names like “whale”, “snowman”, and other names I’ll never forget. To avoid these taunts, I would close up inside. I will never forget when someone told me, “You are what you eat” and at that time I didn’t understand it, but now I understand why they said this to me.
My problems began when I arrived to the United States from Colombia. I started to try all different types of foods and I went crazy trying all sorts of foods I had never had before. Fast food was my weakness; it was easy, cheap and tasty. I started to gain weight but I never really noticed it. I had my first child during this time and my weight reached 220 pounds. I was aware that I was at an unhealthy weight but I kept eating, even though I always felt guilty afterwards. Everything started to change when my weight started to affect my mood, my self-esteem and my desire to live. I never left my house so I had hardly any friends and every day was more frustrating because nothing I wanted to wear would fit me so I would turn to food for comfort and I got stuck in a vicious cycle.
Ever since she was a little girl, Sulyema had problems with her weight, and was always the chubby girl in her home. For a very long time, she assumed that role and got used to it. As she grew into her teenage years, she started feeling more and more uncomfortable with her weight and with all the health problems that came along with overweight, such as extreme hormonal changes and a severe case of juvenile acne. After trying many different diets with no success, she found the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan by Alejandro Chabán, and lost 17 pounds in only 7 weeks.
“Suly”, as all of her friends and family call her, had never had healthy eating habits. She ate a lot of junk food and candy, and her work schedule was all over the place. This, along with the lack of activity, led her to gain a lot of weight. Desperate to change the situation, Suleyma starting trying every diet that she could find, but none of them seemed to work. These drastic changes in her diet led to a very big change in her hormone levels and she began to suffer from excessive acne. Because of this, her self-esteem crumbled; she wasn’t only unhappy with her body but now her face was also a problem. That’s why she decided to put an end to her suffering and find a permanent and effective solution to her problem. The first step she took was starting to follow the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan nutritional guide and started seeing results immediately. Her face started clearing up and hormone levels begun to go back to normal in the first week.
“When I first met my mentor, friend, and idol Alejandro Chabán, I had decided to read his book. He states that he was just like me, having gone through the same things that I had, but saw the light and it was at that moment that I realized that changing my life was a real possibility.”
Victor Reyes is a winner that like many other winners had to fight for the life of his dreams. His parent’s divorce deeply affected him emotionally and the anger that he felt because they weren’t together made him look for comfort in food. It was a never-ending chain of cravings for junk food, candy, more junk food, desserts and a lot of unhealthy food that ultimately led to his obesity. Thanks to Alejandro Chabán, he was able to break the cycle, conquer his fears and lose over 55 pounds and become another champion of life who said Yes You Can!
I started gaining weight when I was 18 years old. Between school and work, I had no time to really cook or plan my meals. I usually just had some chocolate cereal or I skipped breakfast altogether. That’s when all my bad eating habits started and over that year I gained my first 10 extra pounds. My eternal battle with the scale started then… Because I was always running from work to school, I went for the fastest and cheapest options so I ate a lot of fast food. After my first child was born, it really got out of control and my weight increased to 210 pounds. I lost a little bit of weight post pregnancy, but my second child came and I gained even more weight. My physical and emotional health was really affected by this point. I was terrified because I’d tried every diet I could and saw no results. I had lost all confidence and faith in myself. I really thought there was something wrong with me, even though I was going to school for health administration and was taking a lot of health-related classes but I still thought I had a problem.
My obesity affected me in many different aspects. I became totally antisocial; I never wanted to spend time with friends or family or even leave my house. My family life was very affected because my husband and my children were seeing a sad, depressed Jane they had never seen before. The most painful day was when my sister-in- law saw me after two years and said, “You’re always going to be chubby, but when are you going to take care of yourself? You’re very sick.” Her comment made me realize that it was only up to me to get my life together. I couldn’t continue having all this pain in my body - the headaches, irregular menstrual cycles and the anemia. Soon thereafter, I called my mom and cried my eyes out. I had to vent because I couldn’t take it anymore. I told her that I was gathering the money to get my Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan products and she offered to get me my first kit because she knew that I was in a very difficult financial situation. Luisa Velasquez, who was in Despierta America with Alejandro, was the one who inspired me and helped me throughout my process. It was very hard to get into the habit of planning my meals but I followed the guide and got the hang of it. The supplements and the shakes helped me so much, and from the first days I was able to see amazing results and the best part was that I was able to keep eating all the delicious foods that I love, and especially all my traditional Colombian dishes. I just had to adjust the recipes to the guide and keep living a normal life. Activity also became an important part of my life, and not a day goes by where I don’t do something for my body or my mind. I keep preparing myself for everything that’s coming and I feel better every single day.
“With the help of Alejandro Chabán and the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, I was able to lose 40 pounds and be in the best shape of my life! I look and feel better than ever, got rid of my diabetes and was able to lose weight eating my favorite foods!”
Brenda remembers that ever since she was very little, she was the chubby and little fat girl; the one that had a beautiful face but a few extra pounds. Being of Puerto Rican descent, she was always surrounded by food, celebrations, and cultural customs that made it much more difficult for her to lead a healthier life. Additionally, her environment led her to have a very sedentary lifestyle. Fortunately for her, Alejandro Chabán came into her life and gave her the tools she needed to finally reach her goal of losing more than 40 pounds.
I remember my childhood in Uruguay being very uneventful. I was always mom’s little princess but in my adolescence she passed away and her loss affected me profoundly. A few years later, I came to live with my sister in New Jersey and this made me have to grow up very quickly. I met my husband here, and started a family. I was always chubby, but after my second pregnancy I began gaining weight uncontrollably. I weighed 205 lbs. I was a size 16 and hated being in pictures. I was very depressed and constantly in a bad mood.
I was always irritable around my husband and my kids and was snacking all day and my kids were following my poor example and imitating my eating habits. I love baked goods and I was always baking cupcakes and pancakes. I would make excuses, saying the kids were hungry and that way I could make a big breakfast and eat 4-6 pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. I cooked throughout the day and ate double portions at each meal. My insecurity and depression were so bad that I ended up in the hospital almost every week because of the anxiety I felt when I left my house.
Susana Chabán’s story is very similar to that of other mothers who after giving birth and dedicating their lives to their families forgot about themselves and had to battle obesity. Susana was lucky that she had her brother, diet guru Alejandro Chabán, to support her, but she still had to go through a complicated process that at the end helped her lose over 30 pounds and get the body she always dreamed of.
Susana had always been thin as a young girl and woman and she even suffered because they used to bully her in school calling her names like “asparagus” or “pencil”. This caused her pain, and it led her to try a lot of crazy things to gain weight and look like the rest of her friends. This gorgeous winner got married at 18 years of age and from that moment on dedicated her life to her family, and especially to her two beautiful children. Being a full time mom led her to neglect her eating habits and she became sedentary, and because she had been thin her whole life, she didn’t have a lot of awareness about the problem that was starting to occur.
Since I have lost the extra weight, I feel born again. Life gave me a second chance and I feel like a completely different person.
For the first time in more than 15 years, Caludio Molina is enjoying his life to the fullest. Ever since he was little, he had to push aside a lot of his dreams because his obesity seemed like an impossible obstacle to overcome. He ignored the problem for years but every day that went by he saw how his health was deteriorating and his self-esteem was fading. Tired of feeling limited by his own body, Claudio decided to finally take action and say Yes You Can! and turn his whole life around. In less than a year, he completely changed his lifestyle and lost over 160 pounds.
My name is Angie Perez, I’m 29 years old, and I weighed 200 lbs. after my first pregnancy, my body and eating habits were out of control and I began to gain weight. It didn’t seem to me like I was that overweight because I’d always been chubby. I was frustrated because no matter how hard I tried to lose weight doing all types of different diets, they didn’t help me lose weight and I ended up gaining even more. People I knew referred to me as the sweet, chubby girl and that made me feel depressed. I felt bad, and I had to wear black clothing all the time and I wouldn’t date wear a skirt or a dress because I hated how people looked at me.
After my second pregnancy, since I was breastfeeding I felt like I needed to eat more so the baby would be healthy. I am a Lactation Consultant and I always thought I would be able to diet while breastfeeding.
“Alejandro Chabán gave me the biggest gift of all: he taught me how to love and believe in myself. Thanks to him I was able to make the biggest dream of my life come true.”
Karina is another example of how resolution plus action can change a person’s life forever. With a lot of discipline, effort and Alejandro Chabán's help, this spectacular young Latina was able to lose 18 pounds in only 4 weeks. On top of reaching her ideal weight, she was also able to make her biggest dream ever come true: she became the star of the night and the Prom queen!
Alejandro always felt as if he was inferior to others and that nothing he said or did was worthwhile due to his overweight. For this champion, it was traumatic to look at a mirror and he did everything he could to avoid them because what he saw in himself made him feel depressed and powerless. He didn’t look as good as his classmates and friends, and after years of suffering, he was able to take the reins of his life and said, “Yes You Can!” with willpower, a balanced nutrition, and a lot of discipline, he was able to lose more than 40 pounds in only weeks and he’s on his way to the body of his dreams.
One of his biggest frustrations was having no control over his own body. He wanted to jump, run, climb stairs, play sports and enjoy life like the rest of his buddies, but his weight and his health kept him from doing all of these things. This young Venezuelan made the decision to hide behind his wit, and so he assumed the role of the “funny fat guy” and this way he anesthetized his reality. The truth was that behind that mask lived a scared young guy with very low self-esteem and very little love for himself. The most tragic memory that he has from this period was when one of his closest friends said to him, “Face it - you’ll always be the fattie of the group and you will die that way.” This was the moment he decided to change his lifestyle and started to look for help, and fortunately he found the person who he considers to be his “guru”- Alejandro Chabán.
The death of my 5-year-old daughter caused a great amount of anxiety and depression in my life, and the only thing I wanted to do was to eat uncontrollably. I felt like this was the only way I was going to be able to feel any better, so I binged on anything I found: bread, burgers, pizza, soda and all kinds of greasy snacks. I was experiencing an extreme level of fluid retention, and my whole body was bloated and things like tying my own shoes became a mission.
“Thanks to all the motivation, tips and support from my crush, Alejandro Chabán, I was able to regain my confidence and look spectacular on the most important night of my life!”
Yesenia Denis’ life changed overnight, thanks to Alejandro Chabán and his whole team of specialists. In the blink of an eye, this young Cuban American stopped being the chubby girl that everyone ignored, said Yes You Can!, becoming a beautiful princess that everyone was dying to meet. In a few weeks she was able to make two of her dreams come true: to reach her ideal weight and go to her prom with Alejandro Chabán as her date!
My name is Lorena Gasga, I’m 28 years old and I’m Mexican. When I first moved to the United States, I was completely overwhelmed by everything around me, and the last thing I was thinking about this point was my nutritional habits. With this thought not having been at the front of my mind, and after having my second baby, I got up to 200 pounds.
Another obstacle I had to overcome was that I work as a cook in a fast food restaurant, so even if I didn’t eat anything at the restaurant, I would get home and binge on anything I found. Being surrounded by food all day made me very anxious. Because I saw fast food all day, I lost the notion of what a balanced and healthy meal was. I went through a lot of emotional changes; the mood swings I was having because of my weight caused a lot of problems at work and with my family. During my work hours, my weight was always a problem since I have to stand all day and my legs would hurt because of the weight and my varicose veins.
I love the Yes You Can! ™ Diet Plan because I can eat the things I like the most and I’m no longer starving. I don’t feel like I’m dieting because this has become a lifestyle for me. I am obsessed with the protein shakes - I love them! They are my salvation for school, the drives home and even for my trips back home to Ecuador. I lost 53 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 2. I feel amazing, thanks to Alejandro Chabán and his Yes You Can! ™ Diet Plan!"
A fashion, makeup, and accessories lover, Cristina Alvarez was never able to enjoy the pleasures of her age group, and whenever she went to the mall with her friends, she had to go straight to the plus-size section because young and hip clothes didn’t fit her. Consistently frustrated and annoyed, she opted to avoid shopping altogether because she always ended up sad and discouraged. Cristina, or “Titi”, as everyone knows her, loved to dress up to feel beautiful but even her own father made her feel inadequate, making comments such as, “Why do you wear so much make up with a body like that?” This was very hurtful, and not only did she have to live with loneliness, taunts, and insecurity in school, but she also had to put up with discouraging words at home. This 19 year-old Ecuadorian was able to change her life completely and has been able to lose 53 pounds saying YES YOU CAN.
My name is Monserrath León, and I’m 21 years old. I have to confess that my teenage years were very painful because I was never happy with myself. I always felt sad and angry and kept dreaming that I would one day close my eyes and that when I opened them, the whole nightmare would be over. All through school I was treated differently because of my weight, which totally wrecked my self-esteem. I remember not being able to sit properly and cross my legs… simple things like this that EVERYONE could do and I couldn’t, made me feel like an outsider; everyone around me was thin except me so I always felt alienated.
I always had conflicting thoughts regarding my meals because I thought that it was too late for me so I might as well eat whatever I wanted. When I found about the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan by Alejandro Chabán, I knew it wasn’t like all the other diets I tried before, and I could feel this was different so I gave it a try and started changing my life.
“A difficult moment that I recall from my obesity period was when it was time to look for my high school prom dress. That moment I realized that a size 21 was way too tight for me and I didn’t have a lot to choose from…”
This is a small reflection of how Karla’s life was when she was overweight. This was a very harsh moment for a teenage girl and Karla had to live through it. While all her friends enjoyed their lives and could wear whatever they wanted, she had to settle for whatever she could find that fit her.
Being overweight affects everything in your life. Since I was a little girl, I had to deal with obesity and I had a very hard time with it. I always wanted to do regular things like playing soccer, but my brother would say, “Be careful because they’re going to confuse you with the ball and they might kick you instead.” They use to call me “the ball”… I never went to parties because I had nothing to wear, and I’d try on 10 dresses and none of them would fit me so instead of going out and having fun, I would stay at home crying and feeling depressed. Then as an adult, and after I gave birth, my weight increased to 175 pounds, and I was ready to give up because I had lost all hope.
One day soon thereafter, I was watching TV and saw the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan and thanks to God and Alejandro Chabán, (who I feel is a part of my family) I’ve lost 55 pounds in only 4 months. I feel more active, get to wear what I really want, am wearing makeup again, wearing heels and do a lot to take care of my appearance that I didn’t do before. I went from a size 12 to a size 6 and my self-esteem went through the roof.
My name is Daniela Chapa, I'm 34 years old, and I’m originally from Matamoros, Mexico and now live in Virginia. Years ago, I never worried about my weight; I thought I was a healthy woman because I kept active by working every day. I saw overweight people as outsiders who had nothing to do with me. After my last pregnancy I quit my job and dedicated myself to my home. I devoted myself to my children, and all I did when I finished my chores was to eat and sleep. I dealt with monotony, boredom and my solitude by eating and everything became a challenge for me.
Even picking things up from the floor was extremely difficult for me; I could not get up and had to yell for help. It was very humiliating because I felt like an old lady, and being alone at home caused so much anxiety. I even had a few anxiety episodes that put me in a bad mood and drove me to eat as if it were the last day of my life. I would eat anything and everything - even my nails! My weight went up to 149 pounds, and though it seemed small in number, my whole body would hurt because of the excess fat. My relationship with my teenage daughter was a battle because of my mood and depression.
We all know that a lot of people who are overweight take a long time to realize that they have a problem and that it is necessary to do something about it. Fortunately, Miguel Cote realized this even as a teenager, and decided to make a transformation in his life. With plenty of discipline and motivation from Alejandro Chabán, he was able to lose more than 50 pounds to regain control of his life, his health, and now, he isn’t only thin but has also turned into a hottie.
Miguel had to go through many difficult moments in his life because of his obesity. Like many other people that struggle with their weight, he hid behind a mask, pretending that everything was fine and that he was happy. The reality of the situation was that every day he felt sadder and lonelier. Humor and laughter would be Miguel’s defense mechanism to hide all of his insecurity and hang-ups he carried.
eing obese as a teenager is one of the most traumatizing experiences that anyone can go through, and José Luis had this experience firsthand. This young Venezuelan lived in what most people would consider “hell” for many years until he finally decided to make a transformation, say Yes You Can!, and lose more than 120 pounds!
It was always hard for this triumphant young kid to feel different from the rest of his friends. He couldn’t run and have fun with like them because it would cause him a lot of pain and this would destroy his self-esteem. One of the most vivid memories José Luis has of his obesity is when he had to start wearing adult clothes. At this point he not only felt different, but started looking different, and all of the jokes said about his weight multiplied.
My name is Odalis Rodríguez, I’m 43 years old and I’m Cuban. I currently live in Alexandria, Virginia. My weight problems started when I first got to America from my country; the change affected me quite a bit. When I got here, I had back to back pregnancies and I started to eat with absolutely no control, and would get into fights with my (now) ex husband constantly because he just criticized me every single day due to my obesity. One day he told me I looked horrible because I was way too heavy, and that he was no longer in love with me and had no desire for me as a woman, and that really crushed me. Obesity ultimately led to my divorce and to a deep depression.
My obesity led to me quitting singing, which is the thing I love to do the most in life, because I was way too sad to do it and I was always out of breath. Because of my obesity, I became asthmatic and was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Looking back, I’m not surprised because I kept eating fried foods, beans, rice, tostones and everything I could get my hands on. All these terrible habits drove my weight up to 210 pounds! One day I say a picture that I took next to my mother and I couldn’t believe how old and overweight I looked, and that’s when I told myself that I had to stop. Coincidentally, that was the same week I saw Alejandro Chabán on Despierta América with one of his success stories and I burst into tears because I saw myself reflected in that person. From then on, he became my guide and every single day I thank God for the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan.
This story is proof that nothing, no matter how difficult it may seem, is impossible. With the proper dedication, discipline, and motivation, anyone can reach incredible goals. Cristian was able to transform his life completely thanks to his great efforts and the support given by Alejandro Chabán. Cristian took on the challenge, said Yes You Can! and in only six months he was able to lose 110 pounds and begin a new life.
Cristian struggled with overweight all of his life and because of this, he suffered tremendously. His health, his body, his social life and even his relationships were severely affected by his obesity. Due to hardships he faced in his life, Cristian gained a tremendous amount of weight. His eating habits and anxiety led him to take refuge in food and ignore his health. Fortunately, this young Guatemalan was able to find the strength he needed in Alejandro Chabán’s story, and he finally stopped hurting himself and began showing himself love.
My name is Lismeth Pesce, I’m 40 years old, live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and am Venezuelan/Italian. My struggle with weight began at a very early age. When I was approximately 6 years old my grandparents forced me to eat, worried about my lack of appetite, and that added to the cultural pressure of never wasting food. To them, rejecting a plate of food was considered offensive. This obviously led to different eating disorders that later caused a constant increase and decrease in my weight. I would do strict and dangerous diets - those “miracle” methods that cause a lot of irreparable damage like stretch marks in several parts of my body.
My biggest problem began when my family and I decided to leave our home and start a dream life in America. I had gained an alarming amount of weight over the years and being overweight had quickly turned into being obese. That’s when all my major health issues started. By 2012, I went up to 250 pounds and my health worsened. It wasn’t only the hypertension, though. I was also diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition called endometrial hyperplasia with atypical cells. Toward the middle of the year, a hysterectomy was performed and I started to reflect on the need to regain control over my life. A new Lismeth had to be born! It was around that time that I saw Alejandro Chabán on Despierta América and I was really drawn to the idea of the “traffic light” diet. I realized that everything I ate regularly was part of the red column, and this was a huge eye-opener that led me to change my way of eating with all the tools Alejandro Chabán gave me to accomplish this. Alejandro is my angel and he was more supportive than my own family. I remember talking to him on the phone and him saying, “I’m rooting for you”… those simple words made me believe in myself and in everything that I could accomplish: leaving behind more than 20 years of failure and changing once and for all the way I ate and took care of myself.
If you’re seeking inspiration to change your life, read on to Beatriz Montoya´s amazing story. This Colombian woman is a fighter that overcame many obstacles in her life, including a difficult battle against overweight. Luckily, and thanks to the inspiration brought by Alejandro Chabán, she lost 50 pounds and regained control over her weight.
She started to gain weight when she left Colombia and arrived in the United States, due to the change in food and her irregular schedule. As she started gaining weight, her self-esteem began to suffer seriously. Her health was also at risk; she had high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, and her thyroid condition was out of control.
Rubén’s story is another wonderful success story and further proof that the Yes You Can ™ Diet Plan is for everyone, including young people who suffer from overweight. This Cuban youngster suffered a lot during his teens because of his obesity and at only 17 years of age, decided to change his life forever. With the help of Alejandro Chabán, he was able to lose over 30 pounds and leave behind all of the unhealthy habits and food consumption and transform his body, his health and his life.
When Rubén arrived in the United States from Cuba, he failed to take care of his health and lost control of his weight. The cultural shock and the fact that he was apart from his father led him to look for refuge in food products, reaching 200 pounds. Rubén felt very lonely and kept eating chips, pizza, chocolate and every type of candy he encountered. Because of his obesity, he was rejected and taunted in school, didn’t have a lot of friends and the girls that he liked acted like he didn’t exist. Due to the rejection, he stayed at home most of his free time watching TV and playing video games while eating hot dogs, frozen foods and sugary sodas.
Juan was born and raised in Northern California, but he feels more Mexican than American. Like most Latin homes, his diet was not ideal for a person in the process of growing from childhood into adulthood. Juan was always slightly overweight, but the real problem began when he went to college and his weight gain spiraled out of control, reaching a weight of 250 pounds.
Valeria had struggled with her weight since she was 15 years old. Due to her obesity, she never had many friends and always regretted that she couldn’t wear the clothing she liked best. Being abandoned by her parents when she was very young was one of the main reasons for her resorting to food as a refuge. Feeling lonely and being rejected made her to see food as a companion, over time gaining a total of 240 pounds.
Valeria met Alejandro Chabán just before her wedding. It was 3 months before the wedding, and the thing she wanted most was to lose enough weight to be able to wear her dream dress and look spectacular walking down the aisle. She wanted to start her new life the best way possible, and with Alejandro Chabán’s help and his Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, she was able to lose 41 pounds in only 11 weeks!
My name is Ana Ávila, I’m 25 years old, was born in Sinaloa, México and since the age of 9 I’ve lived in Hurón, California. I started suffering from obesity from a very young age because my whole family is overweight, so naturally the environment was very unhealthy. My teenage years were very lonely and frustrating, and I always felt like people rejected me because I was fat and I remember that they always called us “the fat family”. I was never asked to dance at parties and this really affected my self-esteem… I wanted to be different so I decided to leave my house and have a healthier life, but unfortunately work and my routine led me once again down the same path. I would go without any food the entire day and then when I got home I would binge on everything I could find, which led to me reach 220 pounds.
One of my biggest dreams was always to be a mother, but because of my obesity I was never able to get pregnant. Doctors told me that I had a very high body fat percentage and this would make it impossible. Not even hearing this made me react and change - it was only a few months ago that my mom had open heart surgery due to 3 clogged arteries that I “woke up” to my problem. Seeing my mom fighting for her life terrified me and I felt like I had to do something or I was going to be in her place in a couple of years. I remember sitting at the hospital by her side crying desperately when Despierta America came on the TV and Alejandro Chabán really touched my heart. I felt like he was an angel sent to help me change; he didn’t just know about the diet but he connected emotionally with me too. Thanks to Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, I’ve lost 54 pounds in only 6 months, now my menstruation is regular, my cholesterol is under control and I feel better than ever. The protein shakes are the perfect snack to take to work and they taste amazing! All the supplements are giving me amazing results with no side effects! I feel like a healthy woman and I’m ready to take on the world with a smile on my face. I went down from 220 pounds to just 166 and from a size 14 to a size 8!
Brian is a young guy who saw a life improvement change in only 3 weeks, thanks to Alejandro Chabán and the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan. He quickly went from heartbreak to heartthrob, and has never been happier. Brian started to gain weight around the 5th grade, as his eating habits were terrible and he was sedentary and therefore became the object of many jokes and taunts. His self-esteem was severely affected, to the point that he wouldn’t even take his shirt off at the beach. His decision to make a change came about when a girl he was dating dumped him because of his weight! He felt defeated and miserable because he realized he’d put himself in that situation. He knew that he had to take action and that’s when he decided to join the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan family. The first big change that Brian made in his life was in the segment of his nutrition. He exchanged all the junk food for healthy and balanced meals. Thanks to the plan, Brian also became a lot more active and started exercising consistently and this helped improve his health and he quickly started shedding the extra weight. The Yes You Can! protein shakes are always on him while he trains and they help speed up his metabolism and he therefore gets better results.
The most important life change that Brian made was in the area of his self-esteem. Thanks to the focus that the plan has on emotional health, he was able to believe he had a lot to offer and that he was a valuable and incredible person. He was no longer ashamed of his body when he went to the pool or to the beach and was able to completely get over the fact that his last relationship ended because of his weight.
Luis experienced very significant changes during his transformation into a healthier lifestyle. He was able to see right before his eyes how his entire life improved after the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan helped him lose all of the excess weight that he had carried throughout his life.
His obesity made his life very challenging, as he had difficulties getting through the day and even more disruptive were his nights. Luis could never make it through an entire night’s sleep without waking up at least once. He would get up in the middle of the night to eat whatever he could find and the next day would wake up feeling irritable, tired and anxious. His lack of sleep was turning into a real nightmare!
My name is Marianela Feria, I’m 25 years old, I’m originally from Perú and I now live in Queens, New York. I started gaining weight when I was 16 because of my parents’ divorce, since my only shelter was food and as a teenager I really didn’t know any better. I was raised in a home where there was really no consciousness or control in regards to food and I always ate every single thing I could find. This was the cause of a lot of humiliation and because of my weight, my friends used to tease me all the time asking me if I wanted to “roll” with them and many other hurtful jokes that they never thought could hurt me the way they did. I became a single mother at a very young age and this had a very strong impact on my weight, and having to take care of my baby and work left me with no time to worry about my nutrition, so I would just eat whatever I could to just get it out of the way. I used to drink a lot of coffee with up to 8 packs of sugar in each cup because I thought this was the only way I could have energy to deal with everything in my life.
I peaked at 167 pounds and began to suffer from extreme migraines; this had me going in and out of hospitals every single week. One day, while I was in the hospital waiting room crying from the pain, I saw Alejandro Chabán on TV and my life changed forever. He was talking about the benefits of weight loss and how the “traffic light” guide was an easy way to achieve this. Alejandro has become my most important support systems in this process and has helped me become a very disciplined and focused person. I have learned how to prepare and plan meals for my daughter and myself and thanks to the supplements and my new way of eating I’ve lost 43 pounds in only 4 months! Now I can still eat ceviche, lomo salteado and all the Peruvian dishes that I love but in a healthier way. The Multi-Vitamin has helped keep my energy levels up so I can deal with all the things in my life without having 8 packets of sugar!! I went from a size 10 I went down to a size 4 and my headaches disappeared forever! All of this thanks to the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan and my idol Alejandro Chabán who helped me rebuild my dreams and have a better understanding of my health so I can teach my daughter a healthier lifestyle.
Susana is the proud mother of two children. However, while dedicating her life to their upbringing, she didn’t take care of herself and ignored her weight increase and poor nutrition for a long time. Susana gained 50 pounds with each of her pregnancies and had a very hard time losing the weight afterwards. She spent all of her time at home, so food was a constant consolation for her; it was her way of escaping her anxiety and boredom. She thought there was no turning back until she was introduced to Alejandro Chabán and he changed her life forever!
When Susana met Alejandro Chabán for the first time, she weighed 210 pounds, had poor eating habits and very little self-confidence. With the help of Alejandro Chabán and the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, she was able to lose 41 pounds in only three months and became the envy of all of the other mothers in her children’s’ school! She says that she will consistently view her body as a temple and that she has never felt better!
I'm a proud Salvadorian named Mildred Castillo, I’m 31 years old, and I live in Los Angeles California. After I gave birth to my children, I retired from work and I became a homemaker, wanting to take care of them and spend a lot of time with them. I began to gain weight without even realizing it and in a very short period of time I went from a size 3 to a size 11. I got really depressed when I climbed onto the scale and saw that my weight had gone up to 165 pounds. I couldn’t believe it. Seeing that number there really bummed me out, and made me want to eat more and I thought to myself “well, whatever…if my husband really loves me, he’ll love me no matter what!” I had no meal routine and had no clue what was right and what was wrong; I had fruit for dinner, cereal all day while I was watching my novelas and to me coffee without sweet bread was not really coffee.
One day, my son came back from school crying because another kid told him “your mom is as big as an elephant” and that made him feel terrible. I remember that while he was still crying he asked me: “You’re not fat mom, right? Only a little bit?” It broke my heart to see that my weight was no longer just my problem but it was also affecting my family, and I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t really aware of the gravity of the situation. That’s when I decided to do something about it but I got ahead of myself and because I really didn’t think about what was right for me. I tried a ton of extreme diets that only made it worse. All these failures drove my self-esteem even deeper into the ground and I lost all faith. I used to stay at home all the time and avoided family reunions because every time I would hear comments such as, “Look at your cousin, she’s so skinny!” and it would make me even sadder and angrier about my situation.
My name is Glorimar Paredes, I’m 22 years old and I live in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’ve been overweight my whole life, and since I was a little girl my life was full of limitations because of my situation. I remember not even being able to play hide and seek because I would run for 3 seconds and feel totally exhausted. My life was full of insecurities, darkness and a lot of sadness. Like it is at every Puerto Rican household, we always had enough food to feed an entire army! Most days I would have a huge portion of rice and beans, a ton of fried foods and my nightly “tripleta”. Other days I would skip 3 meals but then I would go down to the kitchen late at night and eat everything I found in the fridge. I ate when I was happy, sad, nervous, stressed… food became my refuge and the only outlet I had to vent and handle my feelings.
All throughout my teenage years I had huge confrontations with my mom because of my weight. She always told me to stop eating so much and to take better care of myself but I would rebel and do the exact opposite. I remember that when she started “nagging” me about my weight I always told her, “What you really want is a skinny, pretty daughter”, and even though I knew that she loved me and that this wasn’t really true, I convinced myself that this was true so I could shift the blame and not take responsibility. I was always a very shy person and obviously being overweight made this a lot worse; I felt like everyone around me was ashamed of me so I kept all of my thoughts and feelings to myself just to avoid being embarrassed. I would stay home all the time just to avoid seeing or talking to people because I was sure that no one really wanted to talk to me. Even though I tried several diets, I always failed and went back to eating with no control. The more people pointed out that I was failing, the more I wanted to binge and eat twice as much. Every single day was like a play where I acted like everything was fine and on track but on the inside I was crying and screaming for help; I wanted a lot more for myself and for my life. I was very angry at myself because I knew that I was hurting myself by eating so much and by bottling up all of my feelings. My obesity was destroying me physically and mentally.
arisa is one of the best testaments to the success of the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan. She transformed her life radically, shedding more than 60 pounds in only 90 days and did it publicly on Alejandro Chabán’s TV show. She showed the world that transforming your life is possible when you are committed to it.
Thanks to the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, Larisa was able to lose many pounds of extra weight from her physical body and from her mind. She had been a victim of her own anxiety and consumption urges, but she decided to take control of her life and her mind, and overcame all of the adversities she was faced with. By changing the way she viewed food and her own body, she started to respect and love herself.
Claudia Skiadas is a perfect example of someone with the Yes You Can! attitude. She was a victim of bullying in school throughout her childhood and adolescence, and this deeply affected her self-esteem. But, thanks to Alejandro Chabán and the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan, she was able to overcome her lifelong hardships and obstacles, and went from a chubby girl to a Prom queen.
Claudia was born in the United States to a Hispanic family, and from a very young age, the family gathering and socializing was centered in the kitchen. Baking became one of her hobbies, and naturally this had an impact on her weight. But, thanks to Alejandro Chabán, Claudia was able to overcome her poor eating habits, and lost 25 pounds in only 5 weeks. Today, she still maintains her weight and was able to replace all the cakes, cookies and other baked goods with the delicious Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan protein shakes. She found in the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan Choco brownie protein shake the perfect on-the-go snack to take to school each day, and carries one with her in her backpack at all times!
Waleska Rodriguez’s story has the same beginning as the story of millions of Latinos who come to the United States and suffer from what’s known as “food shock”. This happens when individuals begin overeating without realizing the amount of weight they are gaining because of the vast difference in the types of food they are consuming. Waleska came to a point in which she decided that she had to put an end to her weight gain because her health was suffering and being compromised and she needed to find a fail-proof solution.
It was at this time that Alejandro Chabán was introduced into Waleska’s life, and she started following his advice and began putting it all into practice. She as one of his viewers was inspired by his story, and began her journey towards a new life. The first advice that she remembers following was adding more colorful foods to her meals, and this alone made a huge difference and was the first of many changes that she made to her daily nutrition. Watching Alejandro became a continual inspiration, and every time she viewed his videos, guest appearances or read his articles, she learned something new and got closer to her dream.
aby Espino is one of the most spectacular women in the world, and her beautiful body has mesmerized millions of people. She is a very active person and leads a very healthy lifestyle, and that is why the Yes You Can!™ Diet Plan is ideal for her. During her pregnancy, Gaby wanted to give all the care and love in the world to her baby, so she didn’t limit her food intake, and the result was that she became 30 pounds overweight.
In order to return to her ideal weight and to continue with her amazing career, Gaby went to Alejandro Chabán and his Yes You Can! ™ Diet Plan. In only 2 months, she lost the 30 pounds she’d gained during pregnancy and fell in love with the plan. She says, “It was a delicious diet because I was able to eat the things that I liked the most and it wasn’t difficult to follow. It’s perfect for a woman that just gave birth and wants a fun and easy solution. Now I can’t leave my house without my protein shakes! I’m particularly fond of the Choco Brownie flavor, and since they are made for people on-the-go, I can take them to every set, photo-shoot or event I attend. I call the appetite suppressant my ‘happy pill’, because it helps me to stay calm and relaxed during the day - even when I’m on a set or in a photo-shoot for 12 to 15 hours a day. This little pill is fabulous; it helps me to eliminate stress so I can balance my personal and professional life with no side effects. I always recommend the collagen to friends, family and fans because my hair has never been healthier, shinier, and it doesn’t fall out any more. My fingernails never break, and my skin looks toned and fresh. This supplement is miraculous!”
I created the Yes You Can™ Diet Plan based on my own personal experience. Even though I am now an actor, motivator and author, I suffered from morbid obesity and was more than 314 pounds overweight. This obesity caused me to develop anorexia and bulimia, and due to the disastrous toll these disorders had on me, I dropped down to only 115 pounds. Today, I am able to be an example of what can be accomplished with a Yes You Can! attitude. My personal experience motivates me to inspire, support, and help others that want to accomplish their goals, just as I was able to do.
After testing several diets such as the liquid, pineapple, Scarsdale, Zen tea, Chinese, Brazilian, cucumber and tuna diet, the anti- diet, etc., I realized that the solution was a balanced plan and a focus on 4 fundamental pillars: nutrition, exercise, emotional health, and quality supplements. For this very reason, I gathered a group of experts and specialists and created the only diet plan made by Latinos for Latinos.
Cuando era joven, tenía un peso normal para mi estatura; mido 5.5 y pesaba 135 libras. Como a muchas mujeres nos pasa, después que me casé y tuve a mi primera hija subí 25 libras. Pero en ese momento con mucho esfuerzo, logré bajarlas. En mi segundo embarazo volví a aumentar de peso, pero me recuperé de nuevo. Pero pasó algo inesperado que cambió mi vida: cuando mi hija menor cumplió dos años le diagnosticaron leucemia - cáncer en la sangre. Yo no sabía qué hacer, fue un impacto muy grande para mi familia y la ansiedad me dio por comer. Desde ese momento empecé a ganar peso descontroladamente, y me comía todo lo que encontraba. Me sentía deprimida, sin ganas de nada.
A mi hija después de dos años y medio de tratamiento le lograron controlar la enfermedad y aunque siguió en observación, ya estaba fuera de peligro. Cuando empecé a tomar medidas para bajar de peso, empezó mi agonía con las dietas. Las dietas que intentaba hacer no eran saludables; recuerdo que una vez hice la dieta de las pastillas china, donde casi no podía comer, y luego cuando la dejaba, venía el rebote y engordaba todavía más. Ya estaba usando una talla 16 de pantalón y en blusa una XXL. Me sentía fea. Ir a la tienda para mí era un sufrimiento, todo me quedaba horrible. Así pasaron varios años en los que no lograba bajar de peso y aunque trataba, no conseguía resultados.