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By Kim, a Virta patient

I started Virta at 328 pounds with a waist size of 58 inches, and I am now 228 pounds with a 46 inch waist. I am off of 8 prescription meds, and I have lost 100 pounds and kept it off, all while healing my body.

My problems weren’t laziness and lack of willpower like people say. I have done the HCG shots for weight loss and ended up with 48 gallstones at age 16.  I did Jenny Craig and I was hungry. I did Optifast with Oprah. I did the South Beach diet. I have done Weight Watchers time and time again. I became bulimic and got as low as 134 pounds, but I could never maintain that weight and eat—all that did was wreck my teeth and forced me to get 4 implants to replace teeth I had to have pulled. Even as a kid, I was in the chubby section in Sears when my brother was in the slims section, yet we ate the same foods. Now that I’m on Virta, this is the first time ever in my life that my stomach has communicated with my brain to say, “Stop, I’m full.” It feels so odd to be physically full yet not have to unbutton my pants!

With Virta, it has been two years of healing. Just today my fasting blood sugar was 125, and at the start of the program my fasting blood sugar was 268 even with the medications. The weight loss has taken time, but what has taken the most time is healing the long term damage of diabetes and a poor diet. I am healing my body one day at a time. It’s not all fun and rainbows but it is worth it—because I am worth it!

I still have a ways to go, but I know I can get there with Virta. I feel like I am in the bonus round of my life. I am walking the trails at our cabin, I am kayaking on the lake, I am down on the floor with my grandkids. Thanks Virta!

Kim, before Virta and two years in the treatment


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    Congratulations Kim. Your doing great and it only gets better. I didn’t worry how long it took, I just trusted it and then lived my life day by day. Low and Behold, it was gone in one year. I feel so energetic. Yes this way of eating really works. Good luck for the days, weeks and months ahead. Hey, you don’t need luck, you’ve got Virta.


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    I am so incredibly proud of my friend, Kim, to have taken this step to a better quality of life. Kim became my inspiration and gave me the courage to begin the Virta journey. I am have been able to lose 60 pounds during the past year. I may or may not choose to work towards more weight loss; but I feel better, look better and am healthier than I have been in a LONG time.. One of the most important and impressive things to me is maintaining the new lifestyle. I can never thank you for this gift Kim, God’s richest blessings my friend!


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    Branko Mijatovich March 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    …I went from 349 in January 2016, to 269 this morning (03.21.2018). Nolonger type-2, off one of my meds for type-2. All of my labs are great, in the normal or below range. I walk more, do more, and will live longer now that I’ve changed what I’m putting in my body. My goal is to lose another 70 pounds, and all though Virta’s help.

    Thanks Dr. Hallberg for allowing me to be included in the trials.

    Thanks Marcy for being my coach.

    Congratulations Kim for the changes you have made, and being the model for others.


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