It’s been awhile since I’ve shared letters and pictures from our fellow Fat Heads, so here we go …
I’m feeling Dutch …
Great news! I’m currently studying Nutrition & Health at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. It’s mostly CW, which has been kind of annoying at some points during my study. However, the Seminar & Excursion Commission of our study association has scheduled the viewing of your movie next week! I’m expecting a somewhat similar response like the one at Hopkins Med you mentioned in December, but who knows. I’ll be attending for sure!
Outstanding. Now if only the nutritionists-in-training start promoting high-fat diets in the Netherlands, we can look forward to reading about the Dutch Paradox in 20 years.
Tom, after reading so many inspirational stories, I just want to share with you my little family success that is still in progress.
I have low carbed in the past and having a background as a medical laboratory technician, the science made perfect sense when I started my journey nearly 5 years ago, but it has taken me 5 years to finally “get it” and everything clicked when I watched your movie. I had reached an all time high of personal weight of 178 (I’m 5’2″) in Nov. of 2009, just 9 months after retiring from the military. I thought it was because I stopped working out and indulged in a few too many adult beverages.
I got very upset with myself and knew that low carb had worked for me in the past, so I jumped on the wagon with both feet and lost 25 lbs in 2 months. People were astonished. In July of 2009, my living situation changed and I started to make bad food choices: a subway sandwich here and there, pizza on Friday nights, pasta, etc., etc. and guess what? Yup, I had found that I didn’t just slide down the slope, I had luged my way olympically right back into size 12s bordering on 14s. I felt defeated, gave up and gave in to the “fat and happy” place where I found myself. I was NOT happy; fat yes, but happy? No. That went on for 7 months and then my 18 year old step-son came to live with us after he graduated from high school.
He has always had a weight issue except when he has lived with us. Obviously it is something in his diet and not his genetics. He came to live with us in July of this year which was also when I saw a very unflattering picture of myself. He was 5’8″, 240 lbs. I was 5’2″, 178 (AGAIN!). My husband has always been on the thin side but he had his own “wheat belly” at 5’9, 182 lbs.
I realized some changes were forth coming and started to take action. We had watched “Fat Head” on Netflix and I was ramping into low carb mode but still buying sandwich bread and tortillas for everyone else in the house. I looked up Dr. Davis’s book, placed it on order and made a decision to remove all bread in all of its forms, tortillas included, out of the house. My husband jumped on the wagon with me (half heartedly) and off we went.
Since September our family has had a combined total weight loss of 96 lbs! My step-son represents the majority of that at 55 lbs lost. I would like to say that he and my husband and my boys are totally wheat free, but they are not; they still think I’m a little wacky and that I’m the only one with any sensitivity issues, although my hubby keeps proving to himself that it makes him sick every time he eats it!
I am devouring all of the information I can find and leaning toward a “paleo-like” diet at this point to see if I can’t kick start out of this stall for the last 20+ lbs. I have to keep reminding myself I didn’t get here overnight and I won’t get out overnight either. What I do know is that I feel GREAT. No more heartburn, no more brain fog, no more sore joints, no depression, no ravenous hunger, more stable moods, deep, refreshing sleep and enough energy to get me through Taekwondo and Pitaiyo 3-5 times a week. I no longer try to park close to the store, in fact I love to park as far away as I can because I’m so happy with the fact that I can walk and not hurt or become winded.
Thank you again for all you do and taking the time to read my story. I have attached a picture collage of myself and my step-son to show you our results.
Way to go, Dori. Other than the eyes, I can’t tell it’s the same person in your before-and-after shots. I wouldn’t worry about that last 20 pounds. If they come off, great. If not, you still look mah-ve-lous, and feeling healthy and energetic is really what this is all about.
A doctor is persuaded
Tom – top marks!
I’m a GP up in Canada. Stumbled across your movie on Netflix. Life-altering! I’ve seen it more than a dozen times. There’s more value in this than you would ever imagine!
It lead me to a web of research that has altered my diet 180 degrees. Three-fourths of my job is dealing with obesity, diabetes, “I feel lousy” etc.
I’ve spent hours counseling countless patients, often quoting your movie! Your movie, combined with Food Inc. and The Perfect Human Diet are a must for all humans! Academy award material – yes – certainly compared with the usual crap that is out there.
I am not kidding when I say you have provided a life-altering change to me along with my patients! I’ve loaded my freezer with grass-fed beef. Never have I felt better, healthier, my heartburn has literally gone to hell, as I no longer suffer. Likewise, gone is the pain at the base of my thumb.
Knowing another doctor is on board is all the thanks I need, Richard.
Just three pounds to go …
I won’t go into all the gory details of my life-long struggle with my weight. I just wanted to say thanks for being an inspiration. I’ve lost 76 lbs. since August 1st 2012, when I first watched Fat Head. I have 3 lbs to go until I reach the goal I set at that time. We’ll see where things go from there.
If you’re within three pounds of your goal, I’m guessing those beer glasses in the before picture are gone for a reason. Way to go, Matt. You look terrific.
And finally …
A reader sent me this picture of a young Fat Head fan: