About five years ago, I hit my highest weight ever at 310lb.
What jolted me into action, however, was not just the weight, but also the fact that my blood pressure was high.
I worked hard for a period of about three or four months and lost a grand total of 60lb, then school happened, and I gained just about all the weight back.
My blood pressure became high again. From this point on, my weight remained a constant battle; I struggled with weight loss for the last three years.
I struggled with back and hip pain, and I was out of breath whenever I tried to climb a flight of stairs and then, of course, public transport was a lot less comfortable because I was always concerned about how much space I took up and if I was inconveniencing the passenger next to me.
Before going on further, let me introduce you to myself.
I am Steven, and just two months ago, I stepped on the scale for the first time in over a year and was horrified to know that I had regained 55 of the initial 60 lbs that I had lost.
I was now 305 lbs, and while I was not diabetic, I did have high blood pressure.
During my visits to the doctor to address my blood pressure, she always encouraged me to lose weight. It was during one of these lists that I was first introduced to the term Morbid Obesity.
My doctor told me that my BMI was too high I needed to start working on my weight as soon as possible to save my health.
I honestly never considered myself to be obese, overweight yes, but never obese.
What was the difference between the two anyway?
Hearing my doctor describe me as morbidly obese caused me great concern. I got into a frenzy and started doing some research of my own; to see how best I could tackle the situation.
What is Morbid Obesity & How is it Diagnosed?
A quick google search for the term morbid obesity led me to the University of Rochester’s website.
According to the website, morbid obesity is characterized by extremely high levels of body fat, which may result in difficulty performing simple day-to-day tasks such as breathing and walking.
When you are morbidly obese, you have an increased risk of developing one or more of the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular/Heart Disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Some Cancers
The above conditions are usually referred to as comorbidities and can lead to disability, or in the worst-case scenario, death.
Your Body Mass Index or BMI is the most commonly used indicator of obesity.
The BMI is a person’s height to weight ratio. A BMI of 19-25 is considered normal.
If you are 100lb or more over your ideal weight or have a BMI of 40 or greater you are considered to be morbidly obese.
You may also be categorized as morbidly obese if your BMI is less than 40, but you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned health conditions.
The BMI scale can be broken down as follows:
- Normal: 19.0–24.9
- Overweight: 25.0–29.9
- Obese stage 1: 30.0–34.9
- Obese stage 2: 35.0–39.9
- Morbidly obese stage 3: 40.0 or greater
How Do I Calculate My BMI?
When I googled the term BMI, I was directed to a BMI calculator on the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute’s website.
The site also provided a link to the BMI Calculator App, which you can download to your smartphone.
The process was quite simple, all I had to do was input my height and weight, and voila, my BMI was calculated.
I had a BMI of 40.2 and was definitely above the limit for that which is considered morbidly obese, a category under which 5% of Americans fall.
BMI does not measure body fat directly, but studies show that BMI moderately correlates with some of the forms of body fat measurement.
An increase in BMI, just like an increase in body fat percentage, is directly proportional to an increase in the risk of the adverse health effects of the associated comorbidities.
Is There a Way to Fix This?
I continued to scour the internet for any help I could find, whether it was via social media or even good old Wikipedia.
I searched far and wide for ways in which I could lose some weight. The three most common treatment options I could find were:
- Diet & Exercise
I had very little interest in the second and third options, as I considered them to be rather extreme.
So I decided to stick to option number one, which was diet and exercise. There was so much information out there.
I read about intermittent fasting, the ketogenic diet, going vegan and I even read about people who only drank water for periods of up to 30 days at a time.
The changes I needed to make were so drastic that I almost started to believe that losing weight through diet would be an almost impossible feat.
The 2-Week Diet
I eventually came across a program called the 2-Week Diet by Brian Flatt. I must admit, the title had me a bit skeptical.
I was morbidly obese, a whopping 100lbs overweight, how was a two-week diet going to work for me?
I visited the 2-Week Diet website and was greeted with a video narrated by Brian Flatt himself.
The video outlined the science behind the program and then it was as if he reached into the depths of my mind and touched on some of the very things I was feeling at the time.
Most importantly, I was no longer skeptical because he was not selling me a dream of losing 100lbs in a two-week period, but using that time frame to kick-start the weight loss, which would then happen at a rapid pace as I worked towards my goal.
I decided to give it a shot, especially when I took into account the price was only $37, which came with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
At that price, I really did not have much to lose, and the reward was big: getting my life together.
I definitely did not regret making the purchase, and I consider it one of my best investments yet.
After making the payment, I could start almost immediately. The whole program was neatly packaged into four downloadable e-books, which I received via e-mail.
I will briefly explain what all four books had to offer.
- The Launch Handbook –
The book outlined simply to follow points to help you burn fat. It also broke down how we gained and lost excess weight, using scientific explanations.
As a scientist myself, this was very much appreciated because it meant the program was thoroughly planned and based on science and scientific evidence.
- The Diet Handbook –
Book number two offered information about the diet itself. This was where the questions of what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat were answered.
- The Activity Handbook –
I was never an active person, something that I thought was out of reach because of my weight.
It was not just the physical labor, I just really did not know what activities to do, and I felt ridiculous trying to do some of the exercises.
I was also afraid to ask for help because I was embarrassed. The Activity handbook changed that. It provided workout plans for both the gym and for people like me who prefer to stay at home.
I now simply had to incorporate the activities into my week, following the recommended three or four days per week.
I personally believe this was what made the difference for me, as I no longer needed to make up my own activities.
- The Motivation Handbook –
The most powerful book of the quartet was the Motivation Handbook.
Motivation is something we all need when we take up new challenges, especially when you feel defeated even before the challenge start.
The book’s purpose is to help keep you motivated to push through and maintain your newfound lifestyle even beyond the two weeks, so that you may keep getting positive results.
Weight loss can be a physically hard and mentally taxing process, especially when you have no idea how to go about it.
I eventually found help from Brian Flatt’s program, and it is something for which I am truly grateful.
The two-week diet provided me with the jumpstart I needed, and with the weight, I lost in this short period, I was motivated by my success to continue my weight loss journey.
My journey is far from over, but I now feel better physically, and I can climb a flight of stairs without feeling as if I am dying.
Feel free to comment below about your weight-loss journey, you never know who is reading, after all, and your experience may just be what helps people out there going through the same thing.