AUTHOR, FOOD WRITER, WEIGHT LOSS GURU, MEDIA PERSONALITY
Audrey Johns, founder of Lose Weight by Eating, author, and television personality, is the creator of the internet sensation Original Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe, which has started a fruit infused water health revolution. After dropping 150 pounds in 2011, she vowed to share her clean-cooking weight-loss approach with the world. Through her healthy eating blog Lose Weight by Eating, Audrey has helped over 6 million readers lose thousands of pounds through her simple approach to healthy eating, drinking more water, and cooking natural food.
Audrey appeared on season two of ABC’s “The Taste” starring Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson, and Ludo Lefebvre. The two-hour season premiere was on January 2nd at 8 PM.
Here is her story:
My name is Audrey Johns and I would like to share my remarkable weight loss story with you.
I have been heavy my entire life, at my largest I was 275 lbs and a size 20. I hated how I looked and how I felt. I have tried every diet out there, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Atkins, sugar free, fat free, calorie counting, you name it I’ve tried it. Sometimes I would lose a little weight, but inevitably something happened, I gave up and gained it back plus more.
In 2011 I had enough of being fat, I hated that I was always the fattest person in the room. I started reading every blog, book and website about losing weight and found some information and a cookbook that highlighted clean eating. I started cooking 3 meals a day and enjoyed the ritual of cooking and taking better care of myself, but most of all I enjoyed the food. I started with a simple toast with almond butter and bananas for breakfast to now a bowl of chic slow cooked steel cut oatmeal with nuts and fruits soaked in almond butter. I taught myself to cook and with that how to lose weight.
I found that when I stopped eating all processed foods, anything with chemicals, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, and increased my water intake the weight just started to fall off! I had been struggling to lose weight eating frozen “diet” meals and diet sodas all day every day, eating under 1000 calories all along starving and gaining weight. Now I was eating real food every day and drinking lots of water. My calorie count went up to 1200-1400 and the weight flew off and has stayed off.
One year later I was 150 lbs lighter! I am now 120 lbs and a size 4, I look and feel amazing.
Many people ask me about my workout regimen. As I am a firm believer that we all need to move our bodies as much as we can, I was not an avid gym visitor during my weight loss journey. I have a rare nerve disease that has limited my ability to exercise. Many people are particularly interested about this one factor. Most people I have met knows someone who is heavy, but disabled in some way that makes it difficult or impossible to work out, or someone trying to lose weight after an injury. I encourage them to move their bodies as much as they can, if it means lifting weights while on the couch, or just working a little harder in physical therapy you can do something to move more.
So many of my friends asked about my weight loss that I finally started this blog on New Years Day 2012 to answer their questions. I hope to give back to people out there like me who have been searching for the right weight loss information. I want to tell people that a diet that leaves you feeling deprived is not a diet you be a part of because feeling deprived for the rest of your life is not a reasonable way to eat. I started by sharing my recipes, and in 9 months it has evolved into a Virtual Cookbook/ Weight Loss Book/ Cooking Channel.
In 2013 I released my first book FRUIT INFUSION: A Collection of Day Spa Inspired, Fruit Infused Waters, full of FAT BURNING, METABOLISM BOOSTING drinks, sodas, teas and ice cubes.
Articles about Audrey:
- Cheftestant Profile: Audrey / Marcus Samuelsson.com
- Atascadero woman to compete on ABC cooking show ‘The Taste’ / San Luis Obispo Tribune
- Home cooked weight-loss clicks with blogger Audrey Johns / Paso Robles Press