- Posted August 26, 2013 by
cleveland heights, Ohio
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
62 lb weight loss and a new lease on life
I had more than one aha moment in the past few years. For one thing, I had a heart attack two years ago. But even that didnt get me to change my eating habits! That just shows how tough it is to change! Really it was a combination of a few things. The realization because of the heart attack that my health was really failing, and seeing pictures of myself looking so big, I couldnt take it anymore. I knew that inside I was not a heavy person, that I could let the thinness that I had grown up with "come out" so to speak. But how to do it ? every time I had tried to lose weight in the past i had failed. this time had to be different. I felt like my future was really on the line!
My son who was also overweight and I decided to embark on a complete diet change. We now follow a eating style that would be called "low fat vegan" and is promoted by Caldwell Esselstyn MD and Joel Furman MD. Its lots of vegetables fruits whole grains beans and its very low in fat. We are not strict 100 percent of the time, and I probably cheat about once a week.
But wow the results are amazing. And I am never hungry because there is no volume restriction at all. The foods in general are lower in calories, and sometimes I feel stuffed. And I am still losing weight!
Yes i excercise, and i seem to make it to the gym about three days a week. But if i had to give credit, it would be to the total diet makeover. I look radically different, and I have lost about 10 inches on my waist for example.
The main thing for me is not the look. My wife was not going to kick me out of the house either way. But I feel so much better. Its like I have gone back about fifteen years in terms of my stamina, and health. And on top of it, I now realize that I was somewhat addicted to all sorts of bad food.
Once I really starting following the diet, all my cravings for things like soda pop chips crackers cookies just totally disappeared, whereas I had almost become a slave to those sorts of food in the past, I am now in control of what i eat, and it feels great!