This week’s group meeting featured low-carb success story Jason Jodway. Dr. Tro and health coaches Amy Eiges and Brian Wiley talked to Jason about his inspiring story and how he overcame obesity using a low-carb approach to lose over 300 pounds.

Discussion:

  • Dr. Tro began the meeting by talking about a study that showed how ketogenic, low-carb diets outperformed Weight Watchers and low-fat diets for weight loss. Not only did low carb outperform the other diets, but the data showed people were more compliant and likely to stick with it long-term.
  • Jason started to have weight issues as early as 5 years old, even though he was eating the same things as the kids he noticed his appetite was higher than theirs.
  • Once in high school, Jason remembered being told to eat “human portions” by his peers – although he followed the directions given to him by nutrition professionals, he was not able to get any results. He just figured he was “different.” 
  • Jason found low carb after having recurring nightmares about dying and becoming increasingly panicked about his health. The first thing he noticed about low-carb living was how simple it was and he could finally feel full from food.
  • Jason credits his success to working at keeping the bad messaging out, controlling his environment, and minimizing the damage of difficult situations and foods by planning safety nets.
  • Jason noticed that once his stress was better and weight was coming off, his all-around health and mental well-being were improved.
  • Jason is now down to around 195 lbs. He estimates he has lost around 315 pounds.
  • He attributes the weight-loss maintenance to getting enough sleep and prioritizing stress relief. He also pays attention to processed foods and avoids salting and smoking his meats because they are a trigger that can often cause him to overeat.

 

Article by Brian Wiley

Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who struggled to lose weight for most of his life. He attempted most of the mainstream approaches, along with the standard advice to “eat, less move more.” This advice resulted in minimal short-term success, or no success at all. Brian then adopted a low-carb lifestyle in 2009, and succeeded in losing 100 pounds. He has maintained that weight loss ever since using a low-carb ketogenic IF lifestyle. "I see people every day, both in real life and on social media, struggling, going through the same cycles of unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful, is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution." Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer.