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Before Tori began the Best Life Weight Loss Challenge, she told the Oprah Show producers that she wasn't an emotional eater—she just ate the wrong foods. But Bob wasn't buying it. "I believe that no one's just overweight because they like certain foods," he says. "Always there's an emotional component, and I do feel Tori is unwilling to go to that place."

As Tori examined her feelings, she realized the attention people paid to her body when she was a child might have something to do with her weight gain. "I feel like as a young girl, my body was always being talked about, you know, 'That's a shapely little girl,'" she says. Tori says this kind of attention made her feel uncomfortable. "I don't know if I somewhat held onto some of my weight because of that—just like kind of a coat, so to speak," she says.

Now that she has lost 20 pounds, Tori is coming to terms with her body. "As I've gotten older and feeling more comfortable, and through this journey of really trying to lose this weight, I just feel like I'm at a point where I'm ready to take the coat off and show who I am," she says.

As for eating the wrong foods, Tori got an important lesson on portion sizes from Bob's book, The Best Life Diet. "I started looking at labels and reading portion sizes and thinking, 'Gosh, this portion you can only have a small amount, and it's a ton of calories,'" she says. "You don't realize how many times you're putting your hand in a bag of chips, or whatever. And that adds up."
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FROM: The Big Weigh In: Best Life Weight Loss Challenge Update
Published on January 01, 2006

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