& Me - How I Lost 85 lbs, Regained A Life Weight Loss Success
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years, motorcycle enthusiast George O. was a lean, mean bike-racing machine --
a man who literally and figuratively enjoyed life in the fast lane.
When he wasnt working, George divided his time
between weights and motorcycles. But all that changed in 1996 when the Canadian
shifted his focus from adrenaline-pumping activities to a more sedentary
lifestyle where the only thing that remained fast was his food.
George supplemented his couch potato
existence with pizza, beer, potato chips, and anything McDonalds,
Wendys or Burger King.
The pounds piled on fast and furious. It
wasnt long before George, a former bodybuilder, was pushing his all-time
high of 275.
I was headed down the road to
destruction," he tells
eDiets. "I was headed toward heart problems for
sure. I had a lot of back pain, knee pain and heartburn.
Then one fateful day, nostalgia drove
George back to the racetrack. There he ran into an old pal... a good buddy who
was now half the man he used to be. George couldnt believe his eyes. His
friend, who had shrunk from a tubby 350 to a tight 220 pounds, encouraged
George to get back into racing. George played along until he tried to squeeze
into his old racing gear and discovered he could no longer wedge his legs into
Instead of giving up, George, 37, asked his
pal for some weight loss advice. The last diet George tried (following the
Canadian government's food guidelines) had left the biker spinning his wheels.
After struggling to lose just three pounds in six months, he had realized he
was getting nowhere fast by feasting on five to six servings of bread per
When his slimmed-down pal told him about a
weight loss approach where he could eat lots of normal foods and lose lots of
weight, George was skeptical. The idea of eating bacon, eggs and steak to drop
pounds seemed crazy. But more maddening was the thought of never racing
George could almost taste victory. Yes, he
was ready to come out of retirement -- all he needed was the drive to lose
weight. His first step in the right direction: buying a copy of the
best-selling Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. Within four months,
George was back on his bike. Thanks to the Atkins approach, he's dropped 85
pounds. George, a father of two, carries 190 pounds on his 5'10" frame. And he
says he's never felt better.
I love Atkins... I love steaks... I
love ribs," he raves. "My mom lives with us and shes also following the
plan. We eat roast beef, steak, eggs and a lot of pork. I love the food. Plus,
I eat a lot of the Atkins food as well. If I want bread, muffins and chocolate
bars, I can eat the Atkins versions.
In the first two weeks alone, George said
good riddance to 28 pounds. There were mornings he would wake up 3 to 4 pounds
lighter than the day before. The kicker: George didnt hit the gym until a
full year AFTER he lost the weight! These days he does 20 minutes of cardio, 20
minutes on the exercise bike and the rest of the time on free weights.
Using the Atkins plan was enjoyably easy,
by George. He made Dr. Atkins' book his bible and followed it to the word.
George never got bored with the food -- there were too many delicious and
filling meals to choose from. He could dig into an omelet for breakfast,
chicken Caesar salad for lunch and Cajun pork chops for dinner. Eating
Atkins-style quickly became a way of life for George.
I found it very easy. I love meat
anyways," he notes. "Im not a big fruit eater or anything. I never missed
bread or other carbs. I didnt do it as a diet -- its more of a
lifestyle to me. I know I cant go back to eating supersized
McDonalds. On any diet, when you go back to eating that type of food
again you just gain weight.
Initially, George faced opposition from
friends and family members who viewed the Atkins approach as dangerous. They
would tell him the low-carb lifestyle was unhealthy. Their words fell on deaf
ears since the overweight George was already plagued by high cholesterol and
high blood pressure.
George says the recent studies that showed
the benefits of the Atkins approach (faster weight loss without raising your
cholesterol) didnt surprise him one bit. He realized early on that he had
found a safe and effective way to lose weight.
Not only did he look better, but he also
felt better. The successful slimmer has a new mission: to spread the word about
the Atkins plan. Eventually people are going to learn," he says. "At my
gym, people work out hard month after month and they look no different than
they did four months ago. They drop a pound or so, but theyre not seeing any
real gains. They eventually get discouraged and
leave. Ive put friends of mine on Atkins and theyve lost 20 to 30 pounds.
Having the support of girlfriend Katarina
made a big difference in his attitude toward dieting. Katarina prepared all his
meals and that made sticking to the program even easier.
Following the Atkins plan has been a
win-lose situation for George. Not only did he lose 85 pounds, but he also won
his first comeback race. He even landed a sponsor, Gentile Brothers
Thanks to the ultimate low-carb regimen,
George remains on the fast track to a healthy, happy lifestyle.