Losing Weight Saved Our Lives!

Shedding weight helped these 8 inspiring individuals bounce back from the brink of obesity and disease

By: The Editors of Fitbie 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bill Sorrell, Kyle Calderwood, Bryan Ganey

Losing Weight Saved Our Lives

Losing weight can help you attain a better body, but it’s also a surefire way to help your health and prolong your life. Just ask these eight formerly overweight individuals. The looming risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and other health issues forced them to reclaim their lives, one pound at a time. (Search: What are the side effects of obesity?) Here, read the remarkable stories of how they worked to drop weight—in some cases close to 200 or 300 pounds—and turn their health around in the process.

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He Could Barely Walk to the Mailbox

A steady diet of junk food had caused Bryan Ganey’s weight to top out at a whopping 577 pounds. “I had given up completely,” he says. “I figured I would be that heavy for the rest of my life.” Then in 2010 Bryan got a wake-up call in the form of a pulmonary embolism that put him in the hospital. At this point he realized that it was time to lose weight—or risk losing his life.

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Now He’s Gearing Up for a Half-Marathon

Bryan revamped his eating and slowly integrated exercise into his life. As a result, he’s dropped 279 pounds—and continues to keep losing! He’s also conquered a 5-K and has his sights set on a half-marathon later this year.

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He Was Medicated for High Blood Pressure at Age 26

Years of careless eating caught up with Kyle Calderwood at a young age. By the time Kyle hit his late twenties his weight had climbed to 332 pounds and his blood pressure had skyrocketed.

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Now He’s 136 Pounds Lighter

With help from Weight Watchers Kyle overhauled his eating habits, slimming down to a cool 196 pounds and dropping from a size 48 to a size 32 pant size in the process.

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She Had High Blood Pressure as a Teen

Lisa Troy, 48, was teased by fellow students for being chubby and she continued to eat to cope with the pain. At age 13, she was diagnosed with hypertension; by adulthood she had pre-diabetes and was on five different medications to control her blood pressure.

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Now She’s Happier Than Ever

With the help of her doctor, Lisa set up a meal plan that helped her lose about two pounds a week. She looks up calorie counts and loves taking Spin classes. Now 68 pounds lighter, Lisa is bursting with energy and down to only three blood pressure medications.

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He Landed in the Hospital with Chest Pains

After suffering from arthritis, former fire fighter Bill Sorrell, 48, scaled back his physical activity completely. As a result, his weight jumped to 225 pounds and his health suffered. It wasn’t until Bill was rushed to the hospital with heart-related problems—twice!—and a doctor urged him to make some life changes before he took his health into his hands.

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Now He’s Off Most of His Medications

Today Bill’s health is in good shape; he went from nine prescriptions to just one. He’s also become an avid runner. Bill estimates that he logged 850 miles in 2011, and has a couple of 5-Ks, as well as a half-marathon and Tough Mudder challenge under his belt.

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She Had a Family History of Diabetes

Even though she had relatives with diabetes and her mother passed away due to heart disesase, Roma West, 43, continued to load up on fatty and fried foods. She was a diabetic herself, but couldn’t find a weight loss plan that worked.

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Now She Hates to Miss a Step Class

Roma was originally afraid of going to the gym, but after signing up for a step class, she fell in love with exercise. These days, she hits the gym four times a week, avoids fried foods, and has lost 70 pounds.

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He Was About to be Fat and 40

Phillip Adlof, 45, had equated being big with being a protector and a defender. But at 360 pounds and diagnosed with pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, he could barely take care of himself.

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Now He’s Here to Stay for His Family

After making the resolution that he wanted to be healthy to ensure that he could be there for his family, Phillip lost a remarkable 171 pounds on Weight Watchers. Thanks to his newfound health, Phillip survived a heart attack that would have otherwise killed him.

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He Topped 300 Pounds by High School

Anthony Nieves, 37, had always been a big guy. At 331 pounds, he was plagued with high blood pressure and had trouble breathing, and his parents would constantly beg him to pay more attention to his health.

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Now He’s Running Five Times a Week

To clean up his eating, Anthony cleared out his pantry, freezer, and fridge, and eliminated excess salt from his diet. Slowly he began to walk on the treadmill and now hits the pavement four to five times a week. Thanks to his new routine, Anthony dropped over 100 pounds in 8 months.

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She Slowly Packed on Pounds

Mary Vesely, 43, never used to worry about her weight, but after two children the weight slowly crept on. It wasn’t until her doctors started mentioning words like “high blood pressure” and “family history of diabetes” that she realized it was time to reform her health.

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Now She’s a Pilates Instructor

Mary taught herself how to cook and makes healthier versions of pizza and baked goods. Thanks to encouragement from her friends, Mary started taking yoga and Pilates classes, and is now a certified instructor!

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