After struggling with a gradual weight increase for several years my doctor advised me to make changes to my lifestyle in an effort to curb unhealthy rises in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. He recommended that I consider working with Diminishing Dimensions as the safest option.

Rita at Diminishing Dimensions helped me develop a plan for eating that is very different from my past patterns and habits. When I tried to lose weight in the past I starved myself but always failed, watched my weight yoyo up and down, or even gained weight. Rita taught me the right way to eat to maintain an active metabolism and a healthy nutritional balance. She also helped me understand the basics of nutrition and to think a different way about what I eat and why.

Over the one-year period I participated in the Diminishing Dimensions program I lost 65 pounds. Following the recommendations for exercise I got from Marlene I was able to increase my muscle mass while losing the fat. Most important, when I went back to the doctor for my next annual physical my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were excellent and I was able to stop all my medications.

This program changed (and certainly extended) my life and has made me a healthier, happier person. It required effort on my part, but wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be because of the counseling, information and support I received from Rita and Marlene.

Bob Henderson
South Windsor
Lost pounds 65 pounds


Eating for comfort had become my ongoing way to deal with stress. My weight was affecting my life in negative ways. I was constantly tired, lazy and I avoided photos like the plague! The worst part about seeing photos was the realization of how heavy I had become. I also knew that being overweight was affecting my health as well. My cholesterol was high and with a family history of heart disease I wasn't doing myself any favors. I noticed a coworker was losing weight and I asked her how she was doing it. I called Rita that very same day and made an appointment. I loved the personal connection with Rita and the personalized recommendations she made for my menus based on foods I like and dislike. She provided me my weekly private sessions and I learned what a healthy menu and portion looks like and what my body can and cannot tolerate as far as food selections. Before Rita, I was eating processed junk food and larger portions, with practically no vegetables on my plate. Since losing my weight, I have more confidence. I am more physically active, and I'm not afraid to take on physical challenges such as running and lifting weights at the local gym and I actually enjoy eating roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower! I am beyond grateful for Rita and Diminishing Dimensions and cannot thank her enough for teaching me healthy eating habits for the rest of my life.

Diane S.



Hello, my name is Carolyn. I am 64years old and I live in Colchester and I am presently retired.  While at my doctor’s office and being weighed on one visit she made a comment as she was worried about my health as my weight had steadily been going up.  I had never had a weight problem as I was always active and my job was quite physical.  But once I retired, I seemed to retire from everything!!  My doctor had a pamphlet in her office that was from Diminishing Dimensions and said she didn’t really know anything about it, but thought I should give them a call.  At my doctor’s office I weighed 215 pounds. Even I was in shock.  I waited a few days and finally called Diminishing Dimensions to set up an appointment.  When I went to my appointment, Rita was there and I remember asking her if she really thought I could lose this weight and I cried all at the same time.  In her encouraging ways she told me if I followed the program and started exercising daily there was no way that I couldn’t lose the weight.  So I started my new journey with Diminishing Dimensions.  My food choices and amounts were more than reasonable and I wondered how I would eat so much food in one day and lose weight at the same time.  But once I began reading each chapter in the program and working with Rita it all became clear on how my psychological as well as physical needs with food worked.  I would recommend and encourage this program to anyone who might be struggling as much as I was.  All of the foods that I enjoyed were here but presented in a much healthier way. My short comings of too many bad carbs and sugars were deleted and I began to ask myself before I put anything in my mouth, “is this good for my body”, and it helped me a lot. I still do that to this day.  One of the biggest changes that I have made is that I do not eat any longer in my bedroom watching TV which was a big comfort zone for me. 
Since completing my program and having lost nearly 90 pounds my cholesterol has dropped to the point that I am no longer on medication, my blood pressure has also dropped and my body fat has dropped to acceptable levels.  I am back to exercising on a regular basis including aerobic and anaerobic which was taught so well from Marlane who was also an important part of my weight loss and I can’t thank her enough.  There are so many things that I consider so important like amounts of protein needed in one day as well as water whether I want it or not.  I feel like I could write a book about what I have learned from Rita and D. D.
So if you are thinking about a program to join, don’t wait, make that call and I
assure you that you will never regret it.  Good Luck!




As a Registered Nurse who knows better I was heading in the wrong direction. The reality was that I was 15 pounds heavier then I should have been and really off track, making bad decisions with my food choices. All my clothes were uncomfortable and tight. I especially did not like how large my arms were getting in short sleeves. Yikes, when I had to buy a size up in clothes I realized it was time to seek some professional help with a nutritionist to get me out of this sinkhole. I found Diminishing Dimensions online and made an appointment. I knew with my medical background this was the program for me. I worked with Rita and she individualized my plan to fit my lifestyle and took into account my food likes and dislikes. Once she established the correct percentage of nutrients for my body, the weight started coming off steadily. This was NOT a temporary solution.. Instead it was a lifestyle. I had more energy and the education was fantastic! Being a nurse I liked all the education handouts and scientific logic behind this. It has been 2 years now since I lost the weight and feel so much better about how I feel and I'm not squeezing into my pants anymore. Diminishing Dimensions is the way to go!

MaryEllen Deschamps



From the time I was a child being overweight has always been an issue for me. Since my late teens I have tried all the latest and greatest fad diets and weight loss schemes I’d read about, or seen on TV, only to put the weight back on. It wasn’t until I’d met Rita at Diminishing Dimensions that I actually started to question the reasons for the weight gain. Over time I’ve gained an understanding and adopted a healthy behavior and life style change, while losing the weight.
It wasn’t until I actually made a full commitment to the change that I began to see real results. Rita patiently guided me through the rough spots and the results have been extraordinary! I now know that I need to eat to live not live to eat. Today, I have a much greater appreciation and understanding of the trigger foods that I need to avoid and the healthy foods I need to embrace. With Rita’s help and guidance I’ve been able to lose 100 pounds. Losing the weight and getting healthier has been a life changing experience.

Carl Stafford

Carl Stafford Before

Carl Stafford After

We ALL know that we have been told by our parents NOT to play with our food. BUT you can, and you will, to make healthy and satisfying combinations to assist you in your goal to loose weight.
After menopause ,I was having a hard time loosing weight and this is easy to stick with and I have lost over 30 pounds ! My husband has always had a weight problem, and he is down by over 40 pounds!!
Weigh ins are totally painless and we feel like we are visiting a close friend and always look forward to seeing Rita! Dininshing Dimentions WORKS!

Linda and Dave Hyman

Linda and Dave Hyman Before

Linda and Dave Hyman After

Before Rita, I had no clue what I could do to lose weight being the picky eater that I am. I gained a lot weight in a comfortable relationship and hated my body and self for letting it get that far. I decided I was finally going to do something about it, but I knew I couldn't do it the right way without help. Rita was able to create meal plans so I didn't have to suffer eating things I don't really enjoy like the ones in most fad or internet diets. It is very clear she's passionate about her career in nutrition as well as helping people to be healthy and happy. That's what I like most about her. I am so happy where I am now and have full confidence I will continue this healthy lifestyle forever. If you are serious about losing weight the right way, go to the experts at Diminishing Dimensions! I know I will keep my weight off because now I have all the tools and education I need.
Start weight: 154
End weight : 118
Total Lost: 36

Jamie Malloux

Jamie Malloux Before

Jamie Malloux After

I started with Rita back in the beginning of January 2015 at the encouragement of a friend. I was always one of those okay I put on 10 lbs I can just lose it by starving myself types. This time I put on an extra 50 lbs had high cholesterol and a fatty liver. I knew I needed some help, as starvation not only being unhealthy for you just wasn't going to cut it.

The first time I met with Rita she said to me "okay you need to lose 10 lbs 5 times" I had never thought of it that way and wow did that sound a lot easier then having to lose 50 lbs. Rita introduced me to her partner Marlaine, and the two of them put together a plan that consisted of both diet and exercise. I met with Marlaine at the gym twice a week and Rita in her office once a week. Rita put together a diet plan that really made me feel as though I wasn't dieting at all. I was actually eating more often through out the day, but now I was eating the correct things.

Recovering from spinal surgery, exercise was a complicated thing for me, Marlaine was right there the entire time coaching me along and guiding me to the correct exercises and soon enough I forgot about my limitations and was working out the proper way. Every time I would reach a 10lb weight loss goal, Marlaine would hand me a weight and say can you imagine walking around with that on your body. I am proud to report 5 months later I have dropped the 50 lbs, my cholesterol level is now in check and no more fatty liver. I highly suggest you talk with both Rita and Marlaine as they will teach you that the fad diets don't work and that their plan does, it will become a way of life, and a life that is much better.

Geoff M. , South Windsor



I had been overweight for many years. It got to the point where I hated shopping for clothes and really didn't like the image I saw in the mirror. Over a span of 15 years I had lost and gained back 10-15 pounds. It was time for a change. I knew I needed one-on-one support to be successful , and I got that and more from Rita.

I had always considered myself a "carbo-holic" and a snacker, and I truly wondered if I could stick to a plan that sharply reduced my carb consumption. With Rita's guidance we developed a plan detailing what I should eat and when I should eat it. The plan was tailored to my tastes (no mushrooms or asparagus!) with very specific menu recommendations and with enough variety to keep things interesting. Her grocery shopping lists and recipes were extremely helpful. Weekly check-ins and Rita's counseling kept me motivated. Whenever there was an issue - weight hitting a plateau, needing new menu choices, etc. Rita was ready to tweak the plan to meet my needs.

I lost 25 pounds and feel that with Rita's help and support I have made permanent lifestyle changes. I no longer need to take medication to manage my blood pressure, my knees don't hurt anymore, and I am much faster on the tennis court!! Thanks Rita!

Alison C. , Glastonbury

Alison After

I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I broke my leg as a kid, and I remember that completely changing my body. My weight did get quite a bit worse in college and grad school, and my doctors were consistently telling me I needed to lose weight. But when I followed their instructions, I could lose about 10 pounds, and was frustrated that it didn't really work. I needed to lose more than that. I became a vegetarian to make better choices for myself, and made all kinds of healthy food. No change.

Finally a new doctor didn't just tell me I needed to lose weight, he gave me the help I needed by recommending Diminishing Dimensions. With Marlaine's help, I have learned a lot, and realized why what other doctors were telling me didn't work. I learned what to eat and when, how to deal with cravings for certain things, and what I needed to do for exercise. Though it was challenging to make a complete change at first, it became very easy to follow. Now I don't even have to think about it.

I find that I feel better when I do things the way I'm supposed to. I have increased energy, and no longer experience the constant headaches and midnight stomach attacks that used to plague me. This, in addition to the fact that I have lost over 50 pounds now and look entirely different. All of this has made the investment in this program entirely worthwhile. And I know that when I have reached the goal, I will have support to stay there, which is just as important. I am grateful to Diminishing Dimensions for helping me to accomplish what I have, and making me feel like I can do it.

Amanda, Teacher, South Windsor

Amanda before

Amanda after

"After a Breast Cancer diagnosis and many surgeries to follow, I was scared. Once I felt as though life would actually continue on for me, I wanted it to continue in a healthy direction. With my super husband by my side, we committed to Rita to show us the way. I am very proud to say that Rita can refer to me and my husband as The Ideal Clients for the Diminishing Dimensions program. We followed Rita's direction, meal plan, and recommendations like champs! Between the both of us, we have lost 100 lbs and still to this day continue on Rita's plan while maintaining our goal weight and a very healthy lifestyle. I would recommend Rita Anderson and Diminishing Dimensions 100 times over! Rita cares, listens, educates and ultimately becomes a true friend while guiding her clients through their journey. She has changed our lives forever. "

Lisa and Robbie Gillette

Lisa and Robbie Gillette Before

Lisa and Robbie Gillette After

"I'm 70 years old and stuck in my ways - eating like a 20 year old in the 1960's and exercising like a couch potato. Diminishing Dimensions has been my introduction to a new life with much, much healthier food choices and daily exercise! I am so grateful to Rita and the Diminishing Dimensions program. I'm finally reaching for celery and hummus rather than cookies, and have discovered yoga, walking and the local gym. I've lost weight and permanently changed my habits thanks to this program. Rita has been an encouraging guide through all my ups and downs, with many, many ways to keep me permanently motivated and on track."

Anne Selden

Anne Seldon Before

Anne Seldon After

"Together we lost over 150 pounds! In the past, we had tried many different weight loss programs and the results were always the same. We would lose weight in the beginning and then the diets were too difficult to maintain, too boring, too labor intensive, too restrictive... Then we tried Diminishing Dimensions. It was the solution we needed. This program provided us with a meal plan that was doable. We were able to eat foods we enjoyed, not be slaves to the kitchen, given recipes that were flavorful and easy to prepare, and offered education and support that made a difference. We were taught the "how and why" of healthy eating and exercise that has now definitely made a huge difference in our lives and confidence in our ability to keep off the weight we lost. Darryl: Lost 108 lbs Linda: Lost 50 lbs"

Darryl & Linda

Darryl & Linda Before

Darryl & Linda After

"I am a 61 year old retired middle school English teacher, and I joined Diminishing Dimensions in June of 2013 weighing 148 pounds at 5 feet 4", and I wore a size 10. At the end of the 8 week nutritional and strength training with co-owners Rita and Marlaine, I had reached my goal weight. What's more important, I have maintained since then by continuing to eat right and exercising regularly. The combination of the nutritional counseling with the strength training has really transformed my body. I weigh 128 now and can wear a size 4! How exciting is that?"

Thank-you so much, Rita and Marlaine!

Marita Before

Marita After

  • Matt Woodtke, Vernon, CT, Student
  • 240 lbs to 195lbs, body fat down to 11%
  • much more energetic & positive
  • it was suggested to me by a coach who went through the program
  • I'd never tried a program like this before
  • I learned what to eat and how much
  • 100%, it was much easier than I thought eating healthy would be
  • yes I am very confident that I will maintain my loss, I have for a while now and know I will.

Sincerely, Matt

Matt Before

Matt  After

"I had always struggled with my weight but it was avery stern warning from my sleep doctor that made me want to call Diminishing Dimensions to FINALLY do something about my weight. I knew that Diminishing Dimensions was the answer - my mom and I had worked with Rita and Marlaine before and I had gotten good results. What I didn't realize this time was HOW much that one phone call was going to change my life. When I first started the program, I was on a number of prescription medications and couldn't get a good nights' sleep without my CPAP machine. Sixty pounds later, my CPAP machine has been packed away for months and I ran my first half-marathon in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Working with Rita and Marlaine has been an amazing experience and I am so happy that I made that one simple phone call!"

Lauren H.

Lauren H. Before

Lauren H.  After

Lauren H.  After
"What a difference Diminishing Dimensions has made in our lives! Over the years our weight had gradually crept up and our doctor warned about cholesterol levels. I liked what I read about the one on one consultation. After I joined, Chet decided to come along. Doing the program together, as a couple, has made things so much easier. We could choose from all the recipes, go to the gym together, remind each other to take along the recommended snacks and still enjoy our wine time. Soon it began to show. Margy lost almost 60 pounds and greatly reduced her cholesterol level. Chet lost 30 pounds and improved his strength and muscle tone.

Rita has been amazing. What a coach and cheerleader! She provided us with menus, recipes, advice on eating out and made us understand how the body works. We couldn't have done it without you, Rita."

Chet and Margy Pelka Glastonbury

Chet Pelka Before

Margy Pelka Before
Chet and Margy Pelka After
"My mom heard about Diminishing Dimensions through my pediatrician. At first I said "no - I'll do it on my own", but wow am I happy she got me to go! My counselor worked with me, tailoring my program to my likes, dislikes and the fact I like to enjoy food with my friends. She was great, and for me, that individual attention got the job done. I had steady weight loss with no deprivation. My life has changed for the better. My self-esteem and confidence is up, I have better endurance and ran a 5K, and I now have a good understanding of nutrition and how to eat correctly."

Jerome Weiner, 16, West Hartford, Lost 40 lbs

  Jerome Weiner After
"Being a busy surgical nurse, I was tired of having low energy. Plus not having my clothes fit was further motivation! I needed to lose weight in a manner that would bring long -term health benefits, but with severe food allergies I wasn't sure who would be able to help me. After finding the professional dietitians at Diminishing Dimensions, I was impressed by their knowledge and the individual plan they tailored for me. Their program worked! I lost 50 pounds, never being deprived, and gained back my energy and improved my health as my clothes size went down down down! And I've kept the weight off for over a year. I couldn't have done it without you DD - you gave me my life back!"

Sharon Judd, 56, Kensington

Sharon Judd Before Sharon Judd After
Now 2 years later, down 60 lbs from the day I stepped foot into Rita's office and keeping it off!"

Paul K, Hebron CT

Paul K. After

"I came to Diminishing Dimensions back in 2006 to get help with my diet. I wanted to get educated in Sports Nutrition. As the owner of a baseball camp and an avid player myself I wanted the endurance to play the best I could. The education and one on one counseling has proven to benefit me through the years. I have an athletes body fat level of 10 percent in my sixties! Diminishing Dimensions is an excellent program where the staff is educated to help you with whatever personnel nutrition need you may have."

Chris Corkum
Owner of Corkums Baseball Camp

Chris Corkum After

"I was one step away from either lap band or by-pass surgery. My doctor suggested Diminishing Dimenions®. My program started November 8, 2008 and I just celebrated losing 100 pounds! I have at least 80 more pounds to go but I plan to stay on this meal plan for the rest of my life because it's the only program that works."

Scott Fowler, Realtor, Manchester, CT

Scott Fowler Before Scott Fowler After Losing 100 lbs.
"I was tired of the "Four P's"- Pills, Potions, Points and Pre-packaged foods. I knew I needed a re-education of my mind and body in order to make a long lasting commitment to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I have lost 80 lbs. in just 10 months and shrunk from a size 24 to a size 10. Success can be yours if you follow a personalized program by Diminishing Dimensions."

Luise Craige of Rockville, CT Lost 80 lbs.

"Brian and I have always been heavy. I was 39, my blood pressure was over 200, and my sugar was high. I was headed for trouble and so was my husband. We had to do something for our kids, our family, our future, and us. I called Diminishing Dimensions. They taught us how to eat, not just during weight loss, but forever, and provided constant support. Brian has lost 70 lbs, and I have lost 100lbs, we both are maintaining the weight loss. It was the best thing we have ever done. My Dr. was impressed, my family relieved, we are happy and now healthy. It made it easier that Brian and I did this together. Thank you Diminishing Dimensions."


Tricia and Brian Davis, Cromwell Ct

“I tried to lose weight on my own for a while and lost only 9 lbs. Over the years I have read many testimonials by successful Diminishing Dimensions clients so I decided to give it a try. They saved my life! With their wonderful guidance I lost a total of 100 lbs. I was never hungry and never felt deprived. It was a life changing experience. Thank you Diminishing Dimensions. I will be indebted to you always."

Diane D'Aleo

“This has been a rewarding experience that has changed my life and given me a new outlook. I now have so much energy. Their Program works! I can- not say enough about the staff that are so knowl- edgeable, understanding, supportive and motivating. If you have struggled with your weight, I know how you feel: hopeless and as if the weight will never come off. Diminishing Dimensions can work for you. It certainly made all the difference to me. I am living proof that their program works. Thank you Rita Anderson and Marlaine Philpotts for starting such a great company. Your program proves you really know what you are doing to improve one’s health and make people feel good about themselves.”

Darlene Scaglia

“Over the past fourteen years, I have tried many diets with no lasting results. Finally, this past January a dear friend encouraged me to join her at Diminishing Dimensions. After the first 2 weeks I noticed I wasn’t having the terrible cravings that used to hound me. With 50 lbs. behind me and only 30 more to go, I finally feel free of my cravings, helplessness and frustration that used to be such a big part of my life. It requires a lot of hard work and I still struggle with making sure I get the exercise I need but Diminishing Dimensions has provided me with the tools to live a healthy life. To me, a “diet” always used to symbolize an end (an end of the food, fun etc.) but Diminishing Dimensions has pro-vided me with a new beginning.”

Barbara Wolfe Tolland

"It's the same old story you hear time and time again after women have had a baby or two... after the birth of my second child at age 35 I just couldn't seem to get control of my weight again. Over the following eleven years I tried everything. I'd lose 20 lbs. and gain it back, plus more.

Then one day a friend told me about Diminishing Dimensions.

I thought I was well aware of nutrition, but thought I'd look into one more program. The counselors personally worked with me through medical obstacles (thyroid condition, brain surgery) and emotional obstacles (the loss of two loved ones) and in just 12 weeks I lost 37 lbs.! I'm just halfway to my goal, but I now know I can do it with the help of the wonderful people at Diminishing Dimensions who have encouraged me and given me tremendous nutritional guidance every step of the way.

No, I don't expect to weigh what I did when I was 20 years old. My goal is to be healthy so I can keep up with my 11 year old daughter. It is, however, a definite plus to look nice in my clothes now. Look for me again in a few months when I've reached my goal!

Thank you Diminishing Dimensions for helping me be a healthier and happier woman!"

Carol Gustafson, Manchester, CT

"Diminishing Dimensions developed an individualized program in nutrition education for me. I followed their plan precisely, lost weight consistently each week and never felt hungry.

I never wanted to go off the program, it was so easy that while on vacation I was able to order right from the menu! When I first started the program I was not doing exercising and now I'm working out every day. I benefited from the counseling and support I received each week and as a result I lost 85 pounds in one year!"

Amy Silverman, West Hartford

"From the moment I arrived at Diminishing Dimensions, I received positive reinforcement. Following their program I lost 85 pounds and my blood sugar and cholesterol are now within normal range. My muscle mass has increased and I'm eating properly. I've been maintaining without problems and now I have a healthy outlook toward life. They stay in touch and are always available if I require support or information. Stick with the winners - that's Diminishing Dimensions!"

Bob Breen, Naugatuck

"In February 1999, I had the following results from my doctor:
February 1999

WT: 169 lbs.
BP" 184/94
Cholesterol: 240+
Fasting Blood Sugar: 125+

August 1999

WT: 139 lbs.
BP" 110/70
Cholesterol: 180
Fasting Blood Sugar: 102

With my before picture in February '99 my doctor warned me that I was heading for Diabetes, a stroke or maybe a heart attack. At age 73 I realized I was a time-bomb facing disaster. As a Registered Nurse since the 1950's, I didn't want to be a patient instead of a caregiver. Diminishing Dimensions offered me a nutritional professional who directed and guided me all the way. You can't put a price on being more energetic, healthy and much happier!"

Betty Friel, RN, East Haven • Age 73

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