My Diet Journey
First of all, my name is Ryan Parker and I’ve kinda always been fat. I grew up as the fat kid, went through high school fat and even entered the workforce fat. When I hit 30 and I was the heaviest I have ever been at 350lbs. I didn’t really have much of a problem until I noticed that I was getting tired a lot and had a hard time concentrating on important things.
I went to the doctors and they put me through the full bloodworks. When the results came back I nearly got a heart attack. My blood pressure was 160/110, my cholesterol levels were sky high at 256 mg/dL and I was on the verge of being a diabetic. My high sugar levels had caused some nerve damage and contributed to some tingling sensation at my feet and hands during winter.
I was at a cross-road. If I didn’t do anything, I knew my life was going downhill at the young age of 30! I hadn’t even gotten myself a family yet and the doctors told me that high blood pressure and the nerve damage can potentially cause ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION or IMPOTENCE. This would render me useless and unable to father a family!
It was the last straw. I had to do something.
I went on many different programs and the purpose of this website is to let everyone know which products and services worked for me.
After 1.5 years, here is the progress I’ve achieved:
Dec 2009 Jul 2011
Not bad eh? I'm now 180lbs, my blood pressure returned to 120/80 and my cholestrol levels were at 176 mg/dL. I'm not going to waste your time telling you how good I feel, just know that I feel like I'm 20 again. Here are the products that I’ve used, some were effective, some were dangerous:
First, I’m going to show you the products that DON’T WORK. These might even be dangerous for your health so stay clear from them.
NO: The Fruit Juice Diet
The Claim: I sounds like it might work. You are removing a meal or two a day and replacing it with assorted juices. It apparently gives your body a chance to “cleanse” itself and at the same time also reduces your calories from the skipped meals.
The Goods: You do actually feel brighter and alert. There is minimal hunger pains especially if the juices still have some of the pulp. Good for concentration.
The Bads: Some juices are completely sugar (watermelon etc.) It is this that is giving you that brighter alert feeling. Sugar. It will make you more diabetic and will leave you malnourished.
Conclusion: I tried it for a week and my glucose tolerance test came back all negative! It made me get even closer to being a diabetic! This diet was infact making my health worse. I had no choice but to stop.
Link: Fruit Juice Diet
NO: The Atkins Diet
The Claim: By reducing all carbohydrates and sugar from your diet, you’ll force your body to burn your fat for fuel. This means you can eat whatever amount of fat and proteins you want and still lose weight.
The Goods: Obviously I get to eat whatever I want minus the carbs and sugars.
The Bads: Low energy from no carbs and also a terrible increase in cholesterol! This diet will make you slim but you’ll probably get a stroke or heart attack after a few years.
Conclusion: I’ll never do this again. I felt so lethargic from no carbs and sugar and after a week my cholesterol levels skyrocketed because of all the meat and fat I was eating. It put my life in danger. If I’m not mistaken Atkins himself died of a heart attack! Go figure! Never again!
Link: The Atkins Diet
NO: Slim-Fast Diet
The Claim: Replace your meals with shakes and bars and have only one real meal a day. It claims to be packed with nutrition and offer the best “compromise” for a long term solution:
The Goods: The information provided is very thorough so you’ll know exactly what to do. There is no guess work.
The Bads: I always felt hungry and ended up craving for all sorts of foods. The hunger makes it impossible to sleep at night. I got cranky and snapped at everyone. The health check after a month revealed improvements but the cravings and mood swings made it impossible to continue.
Conclusion: Don’t try this one. Although there aren’t any health problems it will make you miserable and cranky. I wish someone told me how crap it is. It’s a waste of my time and my money.
Link: Slim Fast Diet
NO: Weight Watchers Diet
The Claim: Its core approach is to help members lose weight by eating smarters, forming helpful habits, get more exercise and provide support
The Goods: Its good that they don't explicitly say no to certain foods. All foods are OK in the program. There are forums to discuss weight loss.
The Bads: It is WAY too expensive! I tried it for 3 months and spent almost $90 for nothing but information I already knew about. There are also hidden costs like "missed meetings" fees. The points system is totally unnecessary. Why count in points when we all already know how to count in calories? The points system is confusing and hard to master. The "support group" is smaller compared to free forums available online.
Conclusion: I don't like it. I felt a bit cheated by it because it also required me to learn something that I didn't need to know about (the points system). Just counting in the industry standard of calories is enough isn't it? They are just trying to confuse people.
Link: Weight Watchers
Now I tried those crap diets and I only managed to create more health problems or lose friends. It was frustrating and made me feel like giving up. I wouldn’t even recommend these diets to my enemies. It was that bad. Don't bother trying them for your own sake.
On the other end of the spectrum are some diet plans that I think are extremely helpful, some even allowed clients to talk directly to the dietician or trainer to get some real 1-to-1 feedback. Here are the ones that have really helped me:
YES: Truth about Abs by Mike Geary
The Claim: Losing fat to reveal your abs is just a matter of eating the right foods, doing some exercise and basically learning how the body really operates:
The Goods: It might sound like something only for your abs but its more! It really helped me to understand my body and how it functions. With the understanding I could feed it correctly and force it to dump the pounds of fat. The understanding I gained and techniques I’ve learned means I’ll never be overweight again!
The Bad: The website isn’t very professional because Mike is a trainer/nutritionist and not a web designer. The information is all there but you'll need to do some digging.
Conclusion: The information provided on his site is very good! I’ve learned so much from him and I credit most of my progress to him. He even replies to emails I sent him. I think of him something like a private trainer. There is however a problem. I don’t think many big companies are happy that he is providing this information for everyone. I think it’s only a matter of time before they buy him out or manage to clamp down on the information he is providing. Go to his site and get all the information you can before it is removed.
Link: Truth about Abs
YES: The Diet Solution Program
The Claim: Removing the stigma of “Dieting”, rather concentrating on what you should be eating more of to start losing the weight. It is another informational site that teaches you the right way about slowly changing your food to the right types.
The Goods: Strangely enough it is more or less the same thing that Mike Geary talks about above. The concepts that this program teaches are very different compared to what other “mainstream” experts talk about and I am living proof that this stuff works. If you haven’t had a chance to see Mike’s material, you can use this one to the same effect.
The Bads: I can’t think of anything bad! At least this site looks nicer and there’s also so many freebies available. Oh, there isn’t the 1-to-1 service that you get with Mike’s program.
Conclusion: I recommend this site wholeheartedly. This was the first program I bought that actually helped me significantly reduce my weight. It showed me what was really possible and how easy it could be.
Link: The Diet Solution Program
I would recommend that anyone looking to lose weight, head over to the sites that I’ve recommended. Some of these sites have paid programs however it isn’t crucial to fork-out the cash. The free information is already very useful. Go have a look and I hope you have a long healthy life.
YES: Fat Burning Furnace
The Claim: As the above two were “real-deal” information sites about eating right, the Fat Burning Furnace is about what types of physical activity is best for losing weight. It’ll teach you how to work out right so you don’t need to spend those hours at the gym and waste that membership fee every month.
The Goods: It really delivers what it promises. It is straight to the point and tells you exactly what you shouldn’t be doing to lose weight and also what you should be doing instead. The results are impressive. Combine it with the nutritional knowledge gained and you’re well on your way to a healthy life.
The Bads: I don’t think there’s enough pictures to illustrate the workouts. No 1-to-1 consultation offered.
Conclusion: What a relief. Everywhere I looked told me that I had to run for hours just to get rid of a pound of fat. I went walking, running even did a bit of weights but I was still fat and unhealthy. This website really helped me sort out the good work-outs from the bad. What a god send.
Link: Fat Burning Furnace
Be smart, learn from my mistakes. Use the right programs.