Thomas Lost 70 lbs. and Reclaimed His Health - in only Six Months!

2009 has been an exciting year for Thomas. This summer, he reluctantly agreed to take part in a weight-loss contest with a friend, and before he knew it he was on a whirlwind life-changing journey to improved physical, mental, and emotional health!Thomas - April 2009 and November 2009

Thomas recalls his turning point, “On Memorial Day 2009, as I was lounging by my apartment pool with a rum and diet coke in hand, one of my dearest friends Liz suggested that we start a summer diet competition. In my inebriated state, I was happy to please her. As a couple of weeks passed hearing nothing else from her, I was relieved to think she had forgotten. That mirage was not to be. On the evening of June 7, 2009, Liz texted me something along the lines of ‘Alright, I hope you're prepared, because the weight loss starts tomorrow with our first weigh-in.’ This message came through as I had a soft taco shoved in my mouth, which was promptly spit out as the last processed food or animal product I would attempt to ingest to date. That initial June 8, 2009 early morning weigh-in was a disgraceful 223 pounds.”

Thomas had read Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live in 2005 – he was now ready to put it into practice. He found emotional support in his friend Liz and sister Sarah, and from some new friends on the member center.

Thomas jumped right in, and set a (seemingly) lofty goal for himself:

“I made a flippant prediction at work that I could continue beyond the summer to lose 70 total pounds by Thanksgiving. Two colleagues bet against me (reasonably so)…I was more motivated than ever.”

Thomas quickly found success with Dr. Fuhrman’s plan.

“The weight loss was rapid at first, with me losing 23 pounds in the first month…there were several benchmarks along the way: the drop below 200 lbs, the surprise visit for my parents to see it during Labor Day, the drop below 170 lbs, and most recently the most important personal drop below 150 lbs.”

Needless to say, Thomas won the bets!

Of course, Thomas was thrilled to have dropped all of this extra weight, but the real benefits for him are in the improved state of his health:  Before beginning his new lifestyle, Thomas had mild depression symptoms, which have completely disappeared. He was on steroids and then antibiotics for rosacea, and now takes no medications and has no symptoms. He had early signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which have also disappeared. His total cholesterol dropped from 202 to 120, and his blood pressure dropped from 148/90 to 114/77.

The most important lesson Thomas has learned that each of us has control over our own health.

“The most important thing to remember is that heart disease is preventable, many cancers are preventable and treatable with food, and Type II diabetes should be non-existent in our society.”

Thomas expresses his gratitude to Dr. Fuhrman for guiding him on this journey.

“I could not have done it without the book and online personal guidance of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I have listened to many of Dr. Fuhrman's teleconference recordings and read many of his newsletters, which have all been extraordinarily helpful in supporting me through this journey. This family doctor has literally changed my life and relationship with food. He is truly a one-of-a-kind physician and a Godsend to me.”

Some final thoughts from Thomas…

“I think it is fair to say that this life-changing process for me has been one of the most rewarding of my 32-year life and has helped to erase the four year darkness I had previously endured.  For those of you who aspire for some of the same results in your life, just know that I am living proof that it can be accomplished.”


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Emily Boller - December 7, 2009 1:30 PM

Bravo Thomas ~ great job! I'm so happy that you have your health and life restored!

(and congratulations on winning the bets too!)

Samm Cohen - December 7, 2009 3:26 PM

Hi Thomas,
Yours is an inspiring success story. My question:
what happened to Liz????

LaurieInOklahoma - December 7, 2009 3:56 PM

I tell you, Liz is one great friend!! (for starting the diet competition). You are lucky and smart not to have started on some fad diet, but instead choosing the healthiest way to eat for a lifetime. Congratulations, and enjoy your good health!

Nancy Wall - December 7, 2009 6:49 PM

I have Dr. Fuhrman's book and following his plan, lost a considerable amount of weight. Then I dropped the ball and have gained some of it back. I'm thankful to read about Thomas. I'm going back to the book again. Thanks a bunch.

Thomas - December 7, 2009 9:05 PM

Thanks all. It truly was one of the major accomplishments of my life, and to have such a nationally renowned doctor and expert as Dr. Fuhrman willing to share this story on his blog is a huge honor for me. Liz is indeed a great friend. Samm, most of it was a motivational trick to get me in "gear." Liz had very little weight to lose, I found out later. She just needed to trigger me into action.

Jacob Park - December 7, 2009 10:27 PM

Congratulations, Thomas! I knew you'd make it!

Terri T. - December 8, 2009 8:34 AM

I never tire of reading these kinds of success stories. I am not overweight but I do struggle with medical problems. I have recently started Dr. Fuhrman's lifestyle change and I am beginning to feel the difference. Continued success to the 'Thomases' of the world.

susan - December 8, 2009 10:29 AM

Stories like these are very inspiring but it would be oh so helpful if they could give some specific strategies that worked for them, i.e., some of their sample Eat to Live meal plans that they implemented. Just a suggestion, but would love to see more stories like that!!

Billy - December 8, 2009 2:53 PM

great story, love reading them and congrats now the really hard part dont go back to your old ways

Susan - December 8, 2009 7:00 PM

Congratulations, Thomas! You look great. I'm a longer term member of the Members' forum on Dr. Fuhrman's website. The input from the members there has been invaluable.

GreenGiant - December 14, 2009 10:48 PM

Congrats Thomas!

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