Congratulations to Tamara Quarles of Buffalo, who lost 199.5 pounds throughTOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds SensiblySM), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, recognized Tamara Quarles of Buffalo, who lost 199.5 pounds through the organization, as the 2019 TOPS New York Queen, meaning she lost more weight than any other female TOPS member in the entire state. In addition, Tamara was the 2019 International Queen Runner Up, losing the second most amount of weight of any female TOPS member in the United States and Canada.

TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education, and recognition are all key components to successful weight management.

“I joined TOPS weighing 399.50 pounds and said to myself that it was time for me to Take Off Pounds Sensibly. At my first visit, the other TOPS members were welcoming and inviting, so I felt I could truly succeed,” Tamara said. “I received encouraging cards and great incentives to provide support and inspiration. ‘Loving Healthier’ became my power phrase for creating my healthier lifestyle. I lost weight naturally through preparing and cooking all my food fresh. I ate my biggest meal early in the day, ate nothing heavy after 6 p.m., and drank plenty of water, at least 32 ounces every couple of hours. For exercise, I do line, African, and Urban Ballroom dancing, along with tai chi and water workouts. Through TOPS, I defeated the biggest giant in my life – obesity – reclaiming myself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, giving my life balance.”

Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS support, whether held online or in-person. Visitors can attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at $32 per year in the U.S., $48 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees.

To find a local chapter, visit or call 800-932-8677