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ABC Reporter Mara Schiavocampo Talks 90-Pound Weight Loss and Anorexia Battle

Mara Schiavocampo lost 90 pounds in two years by overhauling her diet.

Mara Schiavocampo lost 90 pounds in two years by overhauling her diet.

ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo credits a healthy diet, exercise, meal planning and sleep for her stunning 90-pound weight loss in two years.

Schiavocampo detailed her weight loss secrets in her book, Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds, where she breaks down her formula for rapid, lasting weight loss:

  • Food: 70%
  • Sleep: 10%
  • Planning: 10%
  • Exercise: 10%

In her book, Mara revealed she tried every popular diet and weight loss program, then suffered the eating disorder anorexia and depression before finally gaining control of her life.

“As an adult, I’ve tried practically every diet and weight-loss program known to man,” said Schiavocampo. “In my early 20s, I suffered a debilitating eating disorder, leading to depression.”

Ironically, Mara kick-started her weight loss after giving birth to daughter Nina in 2011. Schiavocampo slowly changed her diet and began exercising and soon lost 40 pounds of baby weight by cutting back on processed junk food and watching what she ate.

Mara, who had been 50 pounds overweight before getting pregnant, then gradually shed 90 pounds over the course of two years.

Like most fitness experts, Schiavocampo said diet is the No. 1 factor in weight loss because you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Fitness expert Bob Harper, a trainer on “The Biggest Loser,” underscored that diet trumps exercise for weight loss, Examiner reported.

“It is all about your diet,” Harper, author of the bestseller, Skinny Meals. “I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you, and it’s just absolutely not the case.”

Schiavocampo’s experiences bears this out. “What you eat and how much, is the single biggest factor in weight loss,” she said. “You will never exercise your way out of a bad diet. Never.”

Mara, whose diet consists mostly of fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains, works out regularly, but said diet is more important than exercise for weight loss.

“If you make the right food choices, you can lose weight without any exercise at all,” said Schiavocampo. “Don’t get me wrong: Exercise is really good for you for a number of reasons. But it plays a much smaller role in weight loss than so many of us believe.”

Still, Mara exercises regularly because it relieves stress and gives her energy. Getting enough sleep and meal planning are also critical components to losing weight, she said.

Schiavocampo details her diet, workout and weight loss secrets in Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds.

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