A man who was obese for his entire adult life has put his type 2 diabetes in remission after 23 years, since completely overhauling his lifestyle.
Last year David Williams was referred to the award-winning Low Carb Program by his GP when he was unable to continue managing his type 2 diabetes.
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He said: “The Low Carb Program has been, for me, almost lifesaving and certainly life-enhancing. It has provided a huge paradigm change for my lifestyle and attitude that I know will continue for the rest of my life. I am sharing my story in the hope that it inspires others to start the journey.”
Prior to joining the Program, the 65-year-old’s health had suffered, having endured a triple coronary heart by-pass surgery in 2007 and also having had a pacemaker fitted.
David has always struggled with his weight, saying when he was a child he comfort ate and in adolescence he began to smoke and did not exercise.
He said: “I also began to get into the habit in my twenties of excessive drinking, leaving the pub at night and getting a takeaway, to munch watching the TV before bedtime. As a chubby, friendly type I had lots of friends but no serious girlfriends, as my overweight appearance and attitude led to being not taken too seriously, by myself and others.”
Knowing he had to do something, over the years David gradually stopped eating red meat, gorging on sweets and gave up alcohol. He also began to swim.
He said: “I have also been on umpteen weight management programmes that have had some impact but never enough to bring me below the ‘obese’ threshold.”
But it was only when he signed up to the Low Carb Program, that David started to see some significant improvements. After joining a Low Carb Program 12 Week Bootcamp, David was clinically diagnosed as being in type 2 diabets remission.
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“For the first time, through the Low Carb Program, a paradigm change has occurred, I am no longer ‘obese’, and I feel that, for me, permanent change is possible.
“I eat a great variety of food, including lots of leafy vegetables, chicken, cheese, berries and cream and fish that I do enjoy. I have learnt to cut down carbs to a low level and, remarkably, this works.
“In conclusion, if you do recognise any of my traits and life journey within your own experience, please do look for the signposts and follow them before you become diabetic, need major surgery or have to live with huge bags of medication or daily injections.
“Life can be much richer and more satisfying without the carbs! Do give it a go!! After all, life can be so much richer with fewer carbs and less medication. Do also be kind to yourself. There will be blips along the way, but they are just blips.”
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