“As a competitive masters oarsman, at the age of 64, my rowing partner and I decided to compete in the 2016 US Rowing Masters Nationals Championships in the lightweight category, 160 pounds or less. Both my partner and I were lightweight oarsmen in our respective colleges.
In the late fall of 2015, I began doing research on weight loss programs and settled on “Always Hungry.” It made the most sense to me scientifically and logically. At the time my weight hovered around 200 pounds. I discussed the program with my wife and began the program in earnest around Thanksgiving of 2015, with the goal of reaching 160 pounds or less by August 2016. My wife thought I was crazy to begin the program during the holiday season, but I thought, what better time.
I immediately cut refined sugar out of my diet and eliminated all processed foods and started eating, as proscribed. I immediately began losing weight at the rate of 1-2 pounds per week and easily achieved my goal weight by August. At weigh-in before my race, I tipped the scales at 158.6 pounds.
Since completing the competition in August 2016, both my wife and I have sustained the healthy eating habits we adopted. She’s lost several dress sizes and I lost 4 inches off of my waist. I have maintained a constant weight, between 165-170 pounds.
Last week, I saw my internist. Blood pressure 116/65, pulse 58. Total cholesterol, 176, down from 224, LDL/HDL ratio now 3.2. Feeling more energized than I had in years and have adjusted eating habits to stay healthy and maintain an optimal weight. Still rowing competitively and off this year’s US Rowing Masters National competition.”