I just lost 100 pounds. Here’s why almost nobody else will!
In late 2013, I was pushing close to 300 pounds, and was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea. I had to use a CPAP machine at night to prevent myself from waking up in a panic, gasping for breath. Worse, my feet were going numb due to back problems, muscle issues or blood sugar problems — the doctors were not able to identify the cause, so they simply prescribed medication to take away my nerve sensation. I began to question whether I would get to see my own children graduate from college, get married and have grandchildren of their own.
I knew I had to do something, but I felt that yet another diet would lead me right back to where it always did — failure. Instead, I decided to try a different route — I began to think about a gradual approach of changing my movement and eating habits toward a more healthier alternatives that I still enjoyed.
Since my high of 297 pounds in October 2013, I’ve lost over 100 pounds, and my belt size has gone from 48 to 36. I no longer have diabetes, and am proud to be one of less than 2% of those who have been able to quit taking Metformin after starting it. My blood pressure at one point was 139 over 97 — my last reading was 112 over 74! My sleep apnea is long gone, and I’ve gone from stress eating to using creative movement routines to alleviate stress.
Throughout this journey, I never counted calories, fat grams, water intake, nor have I regularly stabbed my finger to see my sugar level. The only external measures I use to measure progress are a scale and my belt size. Even more incredible, I’ve accomplished all this while sustaining a broken foot in July 2014 that did not heal well enough to remove my cast until April 2015!
This is not a story about dieting, and I don’t have a product to sell. I can eat what I want, whenever I want, in whatever quantities I want. I do make lots better decisions than I used to, and my life is no longer defined by uncontrollable food cravings or binges.
This is a story about how I learned to get healthy gradually, without guilt, and without unrealistic goals that everyone seems to think are necessary to lose weight. Hopefully you will find ways to apply the approach I have taken into your own journey.
Diets as Psychic Prisons
Over the last 30 years, my weight has risen progressively higher, usually spiking after another failed diet. Like almost all morbidly obese folk, I’ve experimented with my fair share of weight loss schemes, from nutty food regimens like Atkins and SouthBeach, to deranged 7 day cleanse diets, to cocktails of chemically-based metabolism boosters and appetite suppressants that caused jitters and bizarre mood swings. Like most dieters, I never had confidence that diets would amount to anything other than short term gains. Through dieting, my weight yo-yo’d more up than down for 20 years. With each attempt I would lose 10 to 20 pounds, only to gain it all back and more — this cycle was endlessly repeated, only with new and improved gimmicks that I hoped would be the magical ticket I was seeking. After each attempt ended in failure, intense guilt and loathing soon followed. It seemed clear I just didn’t have the willpower that skinny folk have.
Unfortunately I’m not alone. A recent report on obesity that followed over 150,000 people concluded that if you are overweight, you are likely to remain that way regardless of the actions you take to get healthy. Of the morbidly obese patients in the study, meaning those in excess of 100 pounds or more — just one of every 1,290 men, and one of every 677 women returned to normal weight. The full range of solutions offered up for weight loss, regardless of the cost, simply do not work.
In 1980, 15% of the population was obese, with 1.3% morbidly obese. By 2008, obesity had grown to more than 34% of the population, with 6% now morbidly obese. Meanwhile, spending on diet products has skyrocketed. In dietary supplements, spending has more than doubled since 2002. Estimates vary — in 2006, $35 billion was spent on weight loss products, but most estimates now put that figure over $60 billion by 2014! People are spending money in increasing quantities on diets, while we continue to get fatter as a population. By 2010, a full 63% of Americans were overweight.
While there is a clearly a correlation, I think its possible a causative link exists between dieting and weight gain — meaning diets cause the average person to gain more weight than they would have otherwise. Diets ask us to adopt a strange set of tools and behaviors that look nothing like what healthy people do. Have you ever seen a skinny person keep a food journal? How many of them are meticulously counting calories, fat and all the rest? When is this magical switch supposed to occur whereby people who follow all of the experts’ advice for weight loss make that transformation toward doing all the things healthy people do as a normal course? The truth is for the vast majority of us, there is no transformation; — as the study above shows, there is no light at the end of the dieting tunnel! Dieting simply doesn’t work.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for the best way to become morbidly obese for the rest of your natural born life, go on a diet! Set weight loss goals! Count your calories, fat and sugar, and keep daily records of your food intake. And then, a few months later, after you’ve failed, self loathed and binged a bit, go on another. This time, try kicking it off with a gym membership that you’ve given no thought about how to integrate into your life. You’ll learn all the behaviors necessary for long term, sustained weight gain. You’ll received advanced training on eating binges and intense craving, and will regularly stress over fruitless expenditures and delusional decisions, along with the self loathing that accompanies it.
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