Happily in Denial of Her Morbidly Obese State Until… Her Binging Feast That Was Her Wake up Call

“I wasn’t your typical fit girl to say the least. I started going through a weight loss journey 3 years ago. I was massive. Standing at a small frame of 1.5 meters, I easily tipped the scale at a whopping 103kgs.

I was considered morbidly obese yet I remained in denial. I thought everything was fine. As long as I was happy, I would brush people off and tell myself, ‘Yes I’m fat. So what?’ That was my attitude back then. I didn’t know my dismissiveness would bear consequences.

It all started way back at a time when I had an immense love for the traditional Filipino dish called sisig made with chopped pork and liver. It was thanks to this binging fest that I had a wake-up call. I ate sizzling sisig for 3 days straight and before I knew it, I started to have frequent headaches. I thought it was just because of stress until a company nurse checked my blood pressure. It really hit me hard when the meter read 160/100. I was advised to get checked after a few days and the doctor who handled my case flat out said that if I didn’t make a drastic lifestyle change, I’d die young. [#cuedramamusichere]

My world literally stopped. I used to think I was invincible. Knowing that my life might be cut short because of the way I was living instantly gave me chills. I decided that enough is enough. I needed to do something about this – I didn’t want to be known as the fat girl for the rest of my life.

LUIS, CARISSA EP 3

Knowing that my life might be cut short because of the way I was living instantly gave me chills.

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I decided to watch what I ate. I even cut back on all the processed foods. I lessened my sugar intake and all that jazz. I also did my best to be active. I went to the gym, hired a personal trainer, did weight and strength training. Seriously – it was all blood, sweat and tears. After doing it for quite some time, I noticed that my body was already used to my routine. That’s where I started experiencing a plateau. I knew I needed to do something else – possibly something that’s even more drastic.

Carissa at the 2016 Cohen Cook-Off Challenge

Fortunately, before I started relying on more desperate measures, one of my closest friends recommended the Cohen program. She was starting her journey back then. I was very skeptical at first, having tried so many diets in the past but I was finally convinced when I saw her 6 months later.

I was so head-bent on giving this program my best effort, so I decided to attend the info session and signed up on the same date. That pivotal day changed my life.

My first hurdle was actually learning how to cook. I didn’t know how to cut onions in the first place but given that the prescription was so precise, I had no choice but to learn how to. I slowly built up my confidence to a point that I joined the first Cohen Cook Off Challenge. It sparked my passion so much that I decided to experiment with the allowed ingredients.

The next hurdle was figuring how I can live a normal life while staying committed to my Eating Plan. I’m very extroverted so eating out with friends was among the top activities of my social life. I had to make a choice and it wasn’t easy.


I decided to attend the info session and signed up on the same date. That pivotal day changed my life.

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I followed the program as religiously as I can. The weight started to drop instantly and seeing results, made me realize that food alone can definitely cure my obesity. I’m now a total convert! I realized that there was no use in splurging huge amounts of money on diet pills, laxatives, slimming teas and other diets – they only gave temporary results and you’ll even gain the weight two-folds back once you stopped. I really did the right thing by investing with Cohen. Cohen changed my life and I couldn’t be happier! I’m now at my peak, health wise! It was totally worth it!


Now that I’m moving on to my next phase, the real challenge begins! Cohen helped me change my mindset and provided the right tools for a complete lifestyle overhaul! It was truly a LIFE Changing Journey!”

Carisa lost 31 kgs. in 12 months through the Cohen Program*. 

*Individual Results may Vary.  


Carissa After the Cohen Programme
Carissa After the Cohen Programme

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