Hi everyone. My name is Maritza Rivera and if you are reading my testimonial then like me, weight and losing weight has always been an issue. Being extremely overweight is not something new to me. All my life, I had some serious issues with my weight and it has been a constant struggle. I was raised in a typical Hispanic low income family where we didn’t have much but for some reason everyone in my family struggled with being overweight. We didn’t have those luxuries of eating out, getting fast food or splurging for candy so I constantly ask myself “how the heck did we all get so heavy?” As a typical Hispanic family, I remember being served large portions of rice and beans and being told that I had to finish eating everything on my plate. Although growing up I was very athletic, my weight continued to increase. I think it was around age 13 that I knew that my weight could no longer be seen as “baby fat”. I dealt with the teasing and the name calling in stride as I took everything as a joke as well as the fact that I was very rebellious and headstrong. By high school, I was weighing 200 pounds and started my first bouts of dieting. I tried every crash diet available and lots of those over the counter diet pills that supposedly curves one’s appetite. Yes, they did work but I was unhealthy, sick for the majority of the time and unhappy. I became anemic. I started having heart palpitation because a lot of the products I was using were loaded with an unhealthy amount of caffeine. I did not have the energy to do anything. All I wanted to do is sleep. One thing that these crash diets never mention is that once you stop using the product, you quickly gain the weight back plus some, which I did.