The Ultimate Weight-Loss Story

Marisa Hochberg

{Image via Hamptons Magazine}

The beautiful, confident woman pictured above looks like any other 20-something posing for a photo at the beach. But Marisa Hochberg is as inspiring as she is radiant. She lost over 75 pounds in one year. On her own. The old fashioned way. We are incredibly inspired by her journey and caught up with the Hamptons-based wellness event planner to learn more about how she did it.

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised (and still live!) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and grew up spending my summers in Montauk. Today, I curate health and wellness events in The Hamptons and New York City by partnering with hotels to create interactive, engaging and fun wellness programs for their guests. I also direct and oversee partnerships and events for Cynthia Rowley’s new fitness line by curating top not workouts, healthy cooking classes, influencer dinners and more at her new space in the West Village. My story has been featured in many places such as Hamptons Magazine and Yahoo Health.

Tell us about what inspired your weight-loss journey. How did it all start?

Marisa Hochberg Before

I knew that if I didn’t lose the weight I would be limited in my life experiences and possibly have a shortened life because of the health risks from being overweight. I also really liked this guy (isn’t there always a guy?) and he asked my friend out on a date which crushed me. I thought to myself, “If I don’t lose this weight, nobody will ever be able to see beneath the 75 pounds masking the real me.” Unfortunately, society is based heavily on appearance.

You lost 75 lbs in one year! How did you do it?

I felt that this had to be my personal journey so I didn’t use any outside help like a nutritionist or trainer. Nobody could lose this weight for me. I did a lot of research on weight loss, food, and healthy recipes on my own. I cut out simple carbohydrates and all processed sugars. I ate a ton of protein (lots of egg whites!), vegetables, and filled up on fiber. I drank lots of green tea for an antioxidant boost. One of the key things I learned was to develop recipes that satisfied my cravings for the foods I used to love. Instead of pizza I made cauliflower pizza. Zucchini noodles replaced pasta. I experimented a lot in the kitchen and now have stacks of healthy recipes that I plan to share on my blog in the coming months. Eating clean was hands down what helped me the most- No processed foods and definitely NO white sugar!

Tell us about your exercise routine today.

I do all of my own exercises in the gym. They are a combination of an hour of cardio each day followed by weight training and ab exercises. I love a good SoulCycle class every couple of days as well! The motivation really gets me going. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to make working out part of my daily routine. Now it feels like a normal part of my day. If I can’t make it to the gym on any given day, I try to walk to work or add some extra steps however I can.

Give us a peek into your daily meal plan. 
For breakfast I almost always make a big egg-white omelette loaded with veggies and low-fat cheese. I have coffee but stay away from sugar and milk which can add tons of hidden calories to your breakfast. For lunch I usually grab a salad with tuna or salmon for protein, and for dinner I cook at home and love to make anything from fresh fish to tofu but always with lots of tasty veggies. (Can you see a pattern here?)

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

Some of my favorite healthy snacks are blueberries/raspberries, fat free Greek yogurt mixed with Matcha powder, cherry tomatoes, almonds, Chia Warrior health bars and of course any flavor Nourish Snacks because I know they’re all under 200 calories and delicious without having to think about it.

How do you resist the temptation of indulgent unhealthy foods?

When you work hard for something in life, you don’t want to do anything to screw that up, trust me. I lost this weight all on my own and I would never want to do anything that would reverse what I have accomplished. Every time I’m tempted by something unhealthy I think to myself about how happy I am, and remember that if I eat the unhealthy food, then all of my accomplishments will go down the drain. I also have many people who have been inspired by my story and are losing their own weight because of what I did. I can’t let them down! If I become unhealthy then I’m showing my followers that I don’t care and they shouldn’t care.

What is your advice to young girls with body image issues?
My advice is that you have to be confident with who you are as a person in order to start your personal journey. My weight-loss journey was for myself, not for anyone else, and that’s why it worked. I looked fear in the face and realized myself that I needed to make a change.

What is the most important thing you learned about yourself along the way?
The most important thing I learned about myself is that anything I want to accomplish is possible if I put my mind to it. I also learned that sharing my message and working in the health/wellness space is my calling in life. I gained so much confidence in this journey that allowed me to accomplish things I never thought were possible. I realized that it was only fair for me to dedicate my career and life to helping others lose weight and gain the same confidence that I did. I turned my weakness into my strength.

Follow Marisa on Instagram @marisahochberg.

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