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Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
Doctor Loses Weight and Pays it Forward
When it comes to weight loss, everyone has that one “Aha!” moment that disperses all of their negative thoughts and throws them into a whirlwind of motivation and will-power. This is the story of mine…
A couple years ago, I was sitting amongst a crowd of fellow doctors at a renowned medical obesity conference. I looked around me and noticed that, ironically, some of the doctors could benefit from the very treatments they were learning about. How can you treat obesity, teach people about the consequences, and influence them to lose weight when you yourself do not follow the same advice? Then… I looked at myself. I was no better than the doctors I was just scrutinizing. This was my “Aha!” moment.
There is no doubt that I learned a lot at this conference, but I came to the realization that the right path was not looking for the latest drug treatment or latest surgical procedure, but rather a lifestyle choice. However, although a lifestyle choice may help to maintain weight, an actual defined short term protocol may be necessary to reverse the years and years of weight gain.
From there, I went on a high protein, low carbohydrate protocol, using supplements and food specifically designed for weight loss. I lost 25 lbs in 6 weeks! Then, I looked into programs for weight maintenance and exercise, and was successfully able to keep the weight off. I now follow a regimen of 3 meals and 3 high-protein snacks a day, and do a vigorous 25 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.
Seems like a typical weight loss story, right? However, what followed was truly extraordinary. My patients began to notice my weight loss and were completely shocked. They would ask me what the big secret to my weight loss was. It was then that I decided to introduce this exact weight loss protocol to patients at my practice. My ‘before & after’ pictures became a source of inspiration for many of them, but specifically one patient named Joyce.
Joyce’s story is especially inspiring because she suffers from chronic medical conditions, is on 15 different medications and walks with a cane. Through the diet, Joyce accomplished a 100 lb weight loss in nearly 7 months. She is living proof that even if you cannot exercise, through simply a regimented nutrition protocol, one can lose great amounts of weight.
But the story continues… since displaying Joyce’s ‘before & after’ picture in my practice, many more of my patients have been given their “Aha!” moment. We continue to inspire people and motivate them to see that weight loss is possible for anyone and everyone. You get a different type of gratitude and appreciation when you help someone with weight loss. It invents a new person, so to speak. What began as a personal journey turned into an inspiration for friends, family, patients, and my community. It also became probably the most satisfying thing that I have done with medicine. It really is a two-way street. The patients are very thankful, and then on the other hand, I feel like I have made a significant difference and I feed off of that positive energy. What started off as a personal transformation went on to become an integral part of my role as a physician. I like to think of it as a “Pay it Forward” type of success and I can only hope for this cycle of weight loss to continue...
- Dr. Amir Rouzati