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Bellmore woman loses weight after ‘silent reflux’ scare

Heather Fiore is seen in June 2015 when

Heather Fiore is seen in June 2015 when she weighed 202 pounds, At right, a more recent shot, showing off her 58-pound weight loss. Photo Credit: Justin Fiore; Newsday / John Paraskevas

Heather Fiore

45, Bellmore

Occupation: Photographer

Height: 5-foot-4 1⁄2

Before: 202 June 2015

Current: 144 May 2016


“I wasn’t always overweight, but always had weight to lose,” says Heather Fiore. After three pregnancies she said the weight didn’t come off easily. At one point she lost 36 pounds on Weight Watchers but gained it back.

She and her family enjoy summer RV camping at Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach. After a carefree summer last year and not using a scale, never really wearing fitted pants, and enjoying the eating and drinking beach lifestyle, Fiore weighed in at 202 pounds.

“I never weighed that during any of my pregnancies,” Fiore said. She rejoined Weight Watchers. At about the same time Fiore started walking with a friend and was on her way to better eating and good health. She ran into a complication after waking up one night unable to breathe.

She was eventually diagnosed with LRD — laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, often called “the silent reflux.” She was told it was caused by eating fried and fatty foods, coffee, alcohol, onions, garlic and chocolate, to name a few (foods she had enjoyed all summer). Eliminating those foods fit into her new healthier eating plan anyway.

By January she lost 33 pounds and was able to reintroduce onions and garlic into her meals. She reached her goal weight in May and went rock climbing at a facility with her son.

“I cried at the top of the first rock wall. It’s not so much about a number anymore. I was feeling fit and healthy.”


Breakfast is often an omelet with an egg and two egg whites plus cheese and vegetables or a protein shake. Lunch can be cottage cheese with fruit and Laughing Cow cheese on low-fat crackers and vegetables. Dinner may be chicken, fish or sometimes steak and vegetables. Snacks are a hard-boiled egg or almonds.


Fiore runs 3 to 5 miles a day 3 to 4 days a week and follows the Beachbody Hammer & Chisel Workout DVD. She has signed up to do three 5K races using the Couch to 5K app.


“Have an ultimate vision of where you want to be physically, but also set short-term goals. I track every morsel I put in my mouth and go to every Weight Watchers meeting. The support system is important. If you’re making excuses, it’s going to affect only you, no one else.”

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