It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of these. Here are some recent letters from viewers and readers:
You can hardly tell it’s the same person …
I just wanted to write you and thank you your hard work on the movie Fat Head. About a year and a half ago my Type 2 diabetes was terribly out of control and I knew I was cutting my life short. I have a grown daughter but also two younger children and I knew this was not fair to them or my husband.
I watched the movie and decided to start out much like you did. Eating lower carb at fast food places and then gradually eating healthier foods. I have lost over 120 lbs (the first 100 in a year). My life has improved so much. I did it on 1500 calories and day and never over 75 carbs a day, although most days were probably around 40. I watch Fat Head every couple of months and it keeps me motivated. I just wanted to thank you for helping me help myself.
Wow, look at the difference in Linda’s face. Even without body pictures, you can tell she’s undergone an impressive transformation. Congratulations, Linda.
54 pounds in five months
I just wanted to thank you — watching your Fat Head movie on Netflix changed my life. After watching I did a couple months of research and then started a LCHF / Paleo diet. I’ve lost 54 lbs in 5 months and I’m half way to my goal of 180 lbs.
I really don’t have the words to describe what a positive impact your movie had on my life, so I’ll have to leave it at “thanks!”
You can leave it at “thanks,” Jason. I’ll take it. Congratulations on a terrific start.
Long shifts are easier now
First of all thanks for an entertaining and educational movie. Second: please excuse any errors of grammar or punctuation as English isn’t my first language.
I’m writing this on the end of a 25-hour shift – well, to be fair, the worst 25-hour shift I’ve had in my few years as a doctor. I work in cardiology and emergency medicine in Denmark as what would equate to something like chief resident, I guess … we have different titles. The reason for writing is to tell you of the difference in how I feel after the shift today as opposed to how I felt after my shift last week.
Last week’s shift and the shifts before that left me gritty, tired, nauseous, hungry … well, almost hungover. Today I’m sleep deprived as always, but other than that I feel fine. Guess what changed between the shifts? That’s right, I went low carb. I used to use carbs and lots of them (sugary drinks, vending machine snacks, etc.) to keep me going while on shift. Also coffee … lots of it.
This shift I caught myself heading towards the vending machines around 3 am after the first 17 hours of what would turn to be the most insane shift I’ve had in terms of patient volume and complexity. Instead of doing what I would usually do, I did what I’ve been doing for 10 days now. I went for the low carb option. I had a snack consisting of eggs and bacon I managed to rummage up from the kitchen. And today there is none of that hungover feeling and I’m merely having a snooze.
So, once again thanks for an entertaining and informative movie, that has led to a new lifestyle that is already showing its effects.
Thank you for being there for all those patients, Michael. I know what you mean about being able to power through on a diet of protein and fat. At one point in making Fat Head, I had to edit for three days around the clock to beat a hard deadline. I never could have done that when I was living on pasta and cereal. I would have passed out before finishing.
Inspired to spread the word
Thanks so much for your documentary Fat Head and the work you have done to get the word out. It literally changed my life. I went on to educate myself even more, and make sound decisions for myself.
As a result I have lost over 60 lbs after watching your documentary. I am 31 years old and went from 250 to 187. My wife has also lost about the same. Besides the weight we both feel so much better than before. Before we were always tired, I had really high blood pressure, I was often depressed, lethargic, inactive etc. Not only am I 60 lbs lighter, I feel amazing and my blood pressure is better than it has ever been. I feel younger and healthier than ever.
I plan to try to help as many others as I can. I am going to create an online community with videos, PowerPoint slides, links to resources like your documentary, books etc. I plan to create several lesson plans (video/ppt) outlining the facts, the studies etc. And outlining what has worked for me … recipes, where to eat, what to eat, what to avoid. I also hope to create a huge network of people that “get it” and share their stories. The ultimate goal is to allow people to see the facts and make their own decisions based on those facts — and not rely on what the government or media has to say on the subject.
Anyways, I wanted to say thank you and let you know that I hope to change/improve (maybe save) some other people’s lives by presenting the facts and allowing them to decide to change their behaviors based on those facts. I am not selling this — I am offering it all for free — with the goal of helping others improve their lives like I did.
Paying it forward is the best thanks there is, Kerry. Let us know when your site is up and running.
Newly fit at 41
You and your movie have changed my life and my family’s lives. It has led me and my friends on a quest to become healthier. Your doc led me to Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, William Davis, etc, etc. I’ve been able to lose weight in the past, but never keep it off. Until now. I used to weigh 240 lbs while exercising 4 times a week and eating a low-fat diet with a lot of wheat and carbs.
Now, 4 years later, at age 41, I’m 185 lbs, bench pressing 240 lbs. I’m able to do 3 sets of 12 military pullups. I can run the 100 yard dash in less than 15 seconds (even though I was never a runner). Resting heart rate of 49. Triglycerides at 80! Blood glucose at 80! Eating 5 times the fat that I used to. But, no wheat and no sugar. I also used to have tight size 38 jeans. I’m now wearing loose size 30 and had to buy small t shirts when I used to wear XL.
I’ve been buying multiple copies of your DVD for family and friends. You rock. Thanks for taking the chance and putting out such an important film.
Thank you, J. Those are impressive results, and of course I appreciate you supporting the film.
Husband and wife weight loss
I just wanted to drop a note and say “thanks” for making Fat Head. It was absolutely enlightening and a HUGE help for my wife and I who gained way too much weight after having kids, getting busy and being convinced that fat was bad. We’ve both made great strides in the last 12 months, thanks in part to your film (which was recommended by a nutritionist my wife started seeing).
The change to understanding how our bodies really process food is dramatically changing the way we eat and further accelerating our weight loss and change in lifestyle. I’ve lost over 40 lbs and my wife has lost just over 45 lbs, and we’re still working toward our targets. Thanks again, really appreciate someone working to get the truth out and truly help as opposed to working toward a political objective.
A nutritionist recommended Fat Head? Now that’s good news.
Let’s hope the wife gets on board
You, Sir, have changed my life! In 3 months I have lost 32 lbs, my blood pressure meds have been cut in half, and they are soon going away.
It all started with a crappy physical I had in April. My cholesterol was all screwed up and my blood pressure was crazy. I am 30 and it was at 195/95. The doc put me on meds. That was it. I saw your flick and did some research. I was ready to make the switch about a month later.
I started eating no carbs (as far as I could help it), none, zilch. Two months later I went and had my blood tested just to be sure I was on the right track. My cholesterol dropped 45 points and I was 20 lbs lighter. The doctor was floored. We lowered my blood pressure meds and I am hoping with another 10 or so lbs I can fully get off them. I feel like a million bucks.
Now on a side note: the brainwashing we get in life is amazing. The wife still does not fully buy into the idea that fat is actually good for you. She insists I am nuts … yes, after losing 32lbs. There is no winning that fight with some people I guess.
Thanks again and best of luck to you getting the word out.
Weight down, blood pressure down, cholesterol down … I guess your wife’s not an easy woman to convince. Perhaps if you levitate?
A teen drops 36 pounds
I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks. My 15 year old son, Jonathan, watched Fat Head at the beginning of April and since watching it he has lost 36 pounds. He’s gone from 186 to 150. What a gift to have his FIRST attempt at losing weight be so successful.
We have all changed our diets. Thank you SO much for not only the documentary but for your great blog.
I emailed Cynthia to congratulate her son and share my experience of being a fat teen, ashamed to take my shirt off in public, etc. She wrote back:
Thanks again for your response. Jonathan was such a happy guy when he read the email! And thanks for sharing about your experience as a teen … the last time Jonathan was at the pool he took his shirt off for the first time in six years.
If watching Fat Head helps one teenage boy anywhere in the world lose the weight that made him ashamed to be shirtless in public, I’m a happy man.