My friend C L first approached me with the idea for this story shortly before Christmas. Yesterday he informed me he was mentally prepared to attack his weight problem and confident he will be successful. Today he said “The difference between now and past weight reductions is, I feel horrible…very unhealthy…ache all over…arthritis…joint problems…and heart disease runs in my family….so, I’m extremely motivated to say the least”.
For the next three months Nashville Past And Present will chronicle his progress and his diminishing girth. This morning he weighed in at the Bellevue YMCA at 324 pounds, we will record his weight every Monday.
MISSION: To demonstrate to those who are obese that you don’t have to go on a strict diet or exercise regime to lose weight.
BIO: I have battled obesity for all of my adult life. From Low Fat Diets to Low Carb (and everything in between), I have tried them all. My first diet was The Scarsdale Diet. It worked for a while. I tried the Cambridge Diet (it worked for a while). I even traveled to Durham, NC to enter the Structure House program under the guidance of Dr. Gerrard J. Musante, and yes, it worked for a while. Then came Atkins and South Beach…again, my success was temporary.
I had just about given up on the whole notion of losing weight until I met a Dr. Lee Tucker. Dr. Tucker said that all diets are set up for failure because of deprivation. He gave me a few simple guidelines to follow:
1. Eat 3 meals a day (yes, whatever I want)
2. Only eat 1 helping (no seconds)
3. No snacks
4. No deserts
5. Diet drinks, water, unsweet tea or coffee (no soft drinks with sugar or alcoholic beverages)
So, what were the results? Simple. I lost 20 lbs in 3 months and never felt like I was on a diet. Truly amazing.
Hey, I can go to all of my favorite restaurants and still LOSE weight. My typical meals include:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, 2 or 3 slices of bacon, toast and coffee.
Lunch: A 2 piece fried chicken dinner from KFC or Bojangles.
Dinner: Ribeye steak, baked potato and salad.
Now, did I eat that EVERY SINGLE DAY? Absolutely not – nor would I eat that every day if I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I often eat salads at lunch and dinner (because I like salads – not because I have to). But the key here is: DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF – EAT WHAT YOU WANT.