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    For years I tried to lose weight but kept gaining it slowly, especially around my stomach. Nothing seemed to help. I tried to diet and not eat as much, but I would always get hungry and end up filing up again on rice. My weight slowly went up to an all time high of 81 kg. I felt heavy and unhealthy. I went on the program and to my surprise I saw a huge result after six months. I lost 10kg and my weight went down to 71kg, all without ever feeling hungry or like I was on a diet. Never before had my weight gone below 74kg! The best thing was that my visceral fat went down from 17 to 11. Now my stomach looks flatter, and I feel lighter and healthier than I ever have before. Thanks to Xndo I’m now very close to my ideal weight, and I’m going to keep going until I get there!
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    With her shift work as a nurse and busy schedule, Kelly did not even realise she was putting on weight until she looked at an old photo of herself. “I didn’t realise that I had put on quite so much!” The realisation struck home even more when she wandered into an Xndo store one day and did a body composition assessment. “My weight was 54kg, higher than my ideal weight of 51.6kg and much more than my last remembered weight of 48kg!” she recalled. Most significantly, though she did not look it, her visceral fat level was 28.5% instead of being lower than 25%. She started her journey towards better health with Xndo’s 4 Simple Steps programme. “I saw results very quickly and in two weeks, I could see results. In particular, my arms became slimmer and more toned.” Despite her odd working hours, Kelly found the programme easy to follow – and was grateful for the support from her consultant, Lili, who advised her on the best ways to adapt the programme to her individual needs. Over a period of just nine months, Kelly lost 4kg, reduced harmful internal body fat, gained healthy muscle and dropped two dress sizes. The programme, she said, is easy to follow and convenient. “I simply replace one regular meal with a protein shake or a noodle or rice meal. They are all prepacked, so it’s very easy.” She especially enjoys the grape flavoured Xndo blocker drink. “I don’t like taking tablets, so I prefer taking my blockers in drink form. I love the fruity flavour and it’s a much healthier and sugar-free replacement to other sodas and drinks.” The most important thing she feels she has gained from this experience is the knowledge of how to manage her weight and diet well without significant sacrifice. “It is a healthy way to gain a more ideal body composition and I am motived to continuing my journey towards health.”
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    'Just eat and lose weight'. In her initial introduction to Xndo, Bee Hwee was sceptical of the claim. A salesperson herself, she sussed out several Xndo stores to assess the credibility of the shop advisors before committing herself to the programme. And when she did, her confidence in the 4 Simple Step programme grew day by day as she shed the weight. “I love to eat. And being in sales, irregular meals and frequent lunch and dinner appointments meant my weight soon shot up to almost 80kg!” she shared. She started on a four week programme, replacing her breakfast and dinner with protein shakes. Eating blockers when she had her regular lunch and drinking the coffee for her mid-afternoon break. “I was ‘hungry’ in the first week because my body was so used to eating large amounts of food and getting used to the programme. But after I got used to it, I felt great. I didn’t feel like I was dieting and I didn’t feel I was being restricted.” Plus, she said, Jecsiy, her advisor was her personal ‘cheerleader’ who kept her dedicated to the programme. “It just works. All you need to do is follow the programme,” she said. “It is an investment in my health that I am glad I took. A year on, she has lost almost 12kg. Her results have been so dramatic and sustained that she has convinced her friends and family to start the programme too. For Bee Hwee, it is more than just about losing weight, but part of embracing  better health. “More importantly, Xndo’s enzyme tonics have improved the digestive health of my husband and I,” she said. He used to suffer heartburn and Bee Hwee was plagued by bad gastritis attacks. "After taking Xndo enzymes every morning for just three months, I saw an improvement in my condition. I have since stopped taking my gastric medication!”
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    A thrombosis patient on Warfarin with bad blood circulation, Jenny Lee knew she needed to reduce her weight. She wanted to stay healthy for her two children, and be with them as they grew. Jenny discovered Xndo while shopping at Causeway Point and read a store advertisement about losing weight through eating. She became curious and met professional advisor Rose Kho who explained in detail how the my4 Simple Steps system worked, and how she could lose weight in a healthy way. Jenny started the Xndo program weighing 60 kg. Without ever feeling hungry or doing vigorous exercise, she lost 6kg in the first month. “What I like about Xndo is they are using food to make you to lose weight,” she said. “They also do not just base everything on body weight. They monitor the metabolic rate, BMI, and body fat as well as make sure all factors are taken care of with the weight loss.” I brought along Xndo Platinum2™ and X-Fat™ or Xndo Carbohydrate Blocking drink whenever I met up with friends for a meal to block and reduce the calories and carbohydrates.  Jenny said she no longer felt she had to cover her tummy or hide behind anyone when pictures were taken. “Now I can put my hands on my waist gracefully.”.* Once again thanks to Xndo and my Weight Advisor, Yvonne. I will recommend Xndo to my friends who want to lose weight and gain health.
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    I started on Xndo in early February this year after finding out that I have fatty liver and am at risk of developing serious health problems. I turned to Xndo to regain health. I ate Xndo meals for breakfast and lunch every day and had Xndo milk tea or healthy bars during the day as snacks. Xndo Platinum2™, X-Fat™ and Xndo carbohydrate blocking drinks also helped me continue to be socially active. Whenever I met my friends for meals, I’d use them to reduce my carbohydrate intake.  Ever since I started on Xndo, my sugar cravings have ceased. I have also seen an improvement in my fatty liver condition. Xndo’s meal solutions – together with regular exercise – has also helped me lose 10kg. I am a much-healthier 62kg now.
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    I have been overweight since my teenage years. I tried every diet method I could but all failed, and eventually I gave up. Then I was introduced to Xndo by my aunt who lost weight through the Xndo Weight Management Program. I went on the program for two months and started to lose weight after the first week.  I've now lost a total of 10kg without starving* and all while still eating my favourite food. I would like to express my thanks to Xndo for assisting me in gaining back my confidence and achieving my goal. Not only have I lost weight, my skin is glowing and also I feel younger.*
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    Before I tried Xndo, I was 96KG and had the ‘3 Highs’ of High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and High Blood Sugar. My health and life was in danger. I started Xndo in August 2014 and within 6 months I lost 27kg and my ‘3 Highs’! Not only is my weight back to a health range, but my health is too. The best part is that during the time I have been on the programme, I have been eating real, delicious food.
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    After my first pregnancy in 2008, my weight increased and never dropped. In October 2015 I was 92kg and desperate to lose weight and be healthier. After starting Xndo’s total health programme, I lost 4kg in the first month. As of March 2016 I’m down to 79kg. More importantly, my visceral fat has dropped, my metabolic rate has increased, and energetic enough to do light exercise.  More than weight loss, I’ve gained health and beaten obesity to reduce my risks of the three H’s - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
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    Being overweight has had an impact on more than my self-esteem. My obesity would cause poor blood circulation and leg cramps – not to mention the health risks. Starting Xndo has changed my life and my health, Over 8 months, I lost 17kg! Certainly, I look better but more importantly I feel healthier. Thank you Xndo for giving me an indescribable experience and a great sense of achievement for gaining a much lighter me.
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  10. Beating Diabetes: Sharmilah's Story

    “You are young, you’re happy, and you’re full of life, but being overweight you are a ticking bomb.” Big is Gorgeous founder Sharmilah Begum was offended. She had come to meet Xndo founder Lars Brittsjo to talk about how the Singaporean weight and health management company could collaborate with BIG. At the end of the discussion he had challenged her about the health implications of her own weight. “When he said that I was a bit upset with him, because I felt that he judged me like everyone else,” Sharmilah said. “Just because you’re overweight you would always be unhealthy, right? I didn’t tell him I was upset with him, but I felt why is he telling me I’m a ticking bomb, you know? I don’t think I’ll be a ticking bomb, because I’m so active right? I love to eat, but I do exercise.” Sharmilah dismissed the challenge. Eight years later, the ticking stopped and the explosions began. Obesity, diabetes, and sickness A diagnosed diabetic, Sharmilah became sick; very sick. Small infirmities compounded and grew to become major problems. She was hospitalised several times and fought a constant battle with fatigue. The young, happy life she was living gradually disappeared beneath a cloud of pain and infirmity. “I was going from bad to worse. I was coming out with a lot of things, and all of it was diabetes related,” she said. “I had a carbuncle on my head that gave me a face stroke. I put a headband on and I wore big glasses. Everyone thought I was looking so diva, but actually I was going through head surgery. Underneath that headband was a bandage and behind those big glasses was a face that had melted down.”Before Xndo (100kg) and after (79kg and decreasing)[/caption] Against doctor’s predictions Sharmilah’s face recovered and movement returned. She remained positive and upbeat, but the sickness continued. She had a second operation on her head, then one on her toe, then her hand. All the while her energy level was diminishing. A sugar and carbohydrate lover, her blood sugar level was three times the healthy range, and her blood pressure was up to a dangerous 200. She pushed on but the normal demands of life and business often became too much and she’d fall sick again. Friends became worried, and business opportunities were lost. A seemingly continual stream of health conditions embattled her. Diabetes reversed through eating Eventually, with diabetes threatening her eyesight and doctors telling her she would go blind, Sharmilah saw Lars on Facebook and contacted him again. When they met, she reminded him of his words. “I said I finally understand what you mean by I’m a ticking bomb. He told me if you are willing to listen now, I’m willing to teach you what to do.” Following Lars’ advice Sharmilah began eating breakfast, a meal she had never liked. The effect was that she wasn’t as hungry during the day and ate less for lunch and dinner. She reduced carbohydrates in her diet, particularly white rice. She replaced her usually high calorie late night supper with an Xndo meal. She stopped eating sugar. She began to lose weight but her recovery stalled. She became even sicker, though she knew and could feel she was getting better. Her feet swelled, and she suffered dizziness. She often fell ill. Sharmilah said the detox process was long and painful. A lifetime of dependency upon carbs and sugar created a vicious kick back when they were removed, but she knew she had to endure it. Painful Sugar withdrawal “The whole body is telling you it can’t do it anymore. It’s going to give up on you. That’s how it is. I told myself to be gentle and patient. “If I were to be impatient I think I would have just given up and think that it’s impossible; that what Lars told me was just crap. But he made me understand that it’s not something that I should rush. As we talked I realised that he was trying to tell me that food is my poison, but food is also my remedy.   “It was hard initially. To tell me to give up on carbohydrate was the toughest thing to do. The first time when the doctor told me I had diabetes I didn’t cry. But when the nutritionist told me what I couldn’t eat, I cried, because I thought what is life if I can’t eat. “But what I liked about what Lars told me was that you have to eat to lose weight. You just have to eat the right way. He told me eat more protein. Eat more fiber. Just cut down on carbohydrate intake. I said, you mean I can still eat? He said, yes you have to eat! “As we talked I realized that he was trying to tell me that food is my poison, but food is also my remedy.” [caption id="attachment_720" align="alignnone" width="840"]Big Is Gorgeous magazine[/caption] Blood pressure and blood sugar normalized It has been a long road back to health, but two years later Sharmilah is a changed woman. She has dropped 21kg and is no longer constantly sick. At last reading her blood sugar was normal and her blood pressure has also normalized. Even her eyesight has improved, reversing from diabetes-induced near sightedness to the (unfortunately) more normal far sightedness. “I have to go and change my glasses, because I can’t see properly with these glasses now,” she laughed. “This is the body that I had before I had diabetes - the feeling, the energy. “It was terrible to live with diabetes. It was a living death. I feel that diabetes and obesity has robbed my life. My diabetes was due to obesity and because of this, I felt that I couldn’t go for the wealth that I wanted to, the business that I wanted to. I didn’t even want to have a relationship; I didn’t want to get married because I felt that if anyone was to be my partner it would really be an injustice to them.” Big is Gorgeous has always been about making plus sized women feel beautiful, and to fall in love with themselves. The message that women are beautiful at the size they are has been the driving passion behind Sharmilah’s life work. But her battle with obesity and diabetes has brought a change. She has faced a difficult truth and come through a terrible struggle. The carefree young woman who stubbornly continued on her way is wiser. BIG’s message hasn’t changed, but its messenger has. You can do it too! “I want to give my plus size girls hope now, because I know what obesity will do,” she said. “I’ve always wanted them to be healthy. But how do we put out that message to them, to be healthy? I think being the leader maybe God wanted me to experience all this and pick me up again. I’m sure all of them are going through what I’m going through, the pain and everything. “A lot of them are very impatient. They try something and expect in one week or two weeks time to see changes. I think you have to be gracious with yourself. You have to give your body time. You rush and you force and the body can’t handle it. “I’m not 100 percent recovered yet. I’ve still got 15kg to lose to get to my right weight. I’m still waiting for my feet to recover, my eyes to fully recover. So I want them to join me in the journey to recovery. “If they can hear my story, if they can understand my pain and I understand their pain, then we all know that we are in this together. I want to be a support to say let’s do it.”
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