In 2010, I weighed 282 at my highest, I had high blood pressure and bad labs. Initially, I did calorie counting, and got down to 167 pounds, but was hungry all the time. The hospital nutritionist reported that I was deficient in fats. So I increased fats such as peanut butter and my weight subsequently increased.
In 2013, I attended the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa and only did a partial implementation of the recommendations and my weight increased year after year.
In September 2020, I signed up for the 12-Day McDougall Program as a refresher. I thought the online program wouldn’t be as good as the in-person one but I was wrong. The online program was actually better and it cost less!
At this time during the COVID pandemic, there was no vaccine available. I was concerned since the effects of COVID were worse with the combination of age and comorbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. My high blood pressure and worsening labs had me worried. My primary objective was to eliminate or decrease my comorbidities in order to decrease the risk of serious effects from COVID and in addition lose weight. I thought the weight loss would be a slow process but it was not once I implemented the full McDougall Program recommendations.
My current weight is 140, my blood pressure 110/66, and my labs are all normal. My current weight is approximately what it was in high school and college. I never thought that was possible. My total weight loss is over 140 pounds! Implementation of the full recommended program was the key and exceeded my expectations – I never felt hungry, had fast weight loss and never had to count calories.
As everyone noticed I was losing weight, some would say. “OK you either have cancer or had bariatric surgery, which is it?” My response was, “No it’s the McDougall Program.”
Out of a 5-star rating, I would provide 10 stars for the 12-Day McDougall Program!
In addition, subsequent to the weight loss and improved labs, I found that I could run faster, and in October 2021 I ran 125th Boston Marathon and am now training for the next Boston Marathon.
The McDougall Program has given me my life back!
Dr. Thomas A. McCarty