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Breann Smith, MD

When I started medical school, I was a normal weight on the BMI charts. With the stress of medical school, and then residency, my weight gradually climbed, and by the time I finished residency, I was 35 pounds overweight. I was also pregnant with my first child. I gave birth to my first son 8 months later. By the time he was 6 months old, I was having trouble keeping up with him. I decided then to make changes. I started the ‘Couch to 5k’ training program, and ran my first 5k when he was 10 months old. I watched portion size, but not nutritional content, and exercised, and breastfed – with this, I managed to lose all the baby weight and more. By the time I became pregnant with my second son in January 2010, I was actually 10-15 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant with my first son. After he was born, I continued to exercise and once again achieved pre-pregnancy weight. This was still 15-20 pounds overweight. I stayed very active. I ran innumerable half marathons, 3 full marathons and 1 ultra-marathon. I attempted to out-exercise my largely unhealthy diet. (I have learned the hard way that this does not work.) I then became pregnant with my daughter in mid-2014. This proved to be the most difficult of my pregnancies. I was plagued by headaches and nausea. I discovered that eating carbohydrate rich foods every couple of hours eased my nausea – it also shot my weight up. I gained over 50 pounds with that pregnancy (more than in the prior 2 pregnancies combined). I was then left to get off more weight than ever, and was now over 35. In my quest for more information, I found the field of Obesity Medicine and my passion. With my new-found knowledge and my new diet, I have a normal BMI for the first time in close to 15 years. I sleep better, have more energy, self-confidence and am setting a better example for my family and my patients.