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The Healthy Lawyer: My Weight Loss Journey
January 2, 2020

I’m not sure why I am dictating this Healthy Lawyer blog in the middle of the holiday season, between Christmas and New Years, a time I affectionately call “the eating season.” If you looked at my Fitbit where it graphs my weight, it looks a little bit like the trajectory of a rocket ship. Hopefully, it will only enter low orbit and return safely to earth early in the New Year.

However, the New Year is just around the corner and if I can keep it together during the “eating season” then I’ll get back on track. I guess the point is that if you deprive yourself even during the holidays, you’ll ultimately fall off the wagon and completely go back to old habits.

So, I do allow myself some grace during the holidays and special occasions. But I keep things within reason, and I don’t let it get too out of hand.

With some fear and trepidation, I am going to put a before and after picture here below for everyone to see what I looked like in 2012 and now in 2019. I took the slow and steady route toward the ultimate 50 pound plus weight loss.

So here are some pointers on how I did it without overwhelming you with the details. I basically cut out most sugars, breads and processed foods. That means greatly limiting sodas, cookies, crackers, breads, pastas and the like. This doesn’t mean I never have any of those, but they are not at all in my regular diet.

I drink my coffee black now and I don’t drink any soft drinks sweetened or otherwise. My diet is mostly what you would call Paleo, Keto and Mediterranean style eating. So, I’m not limited to any one of those diets and there is a lot of variety there. Honestly, it really doesn’t require denying myself a lot. If you can cut out sugars and breads you’re mostly there. If you don’t think bread is bad for you, read the book “Wheat Belly.”

I make sure to add a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats into my diet. And of course, let’s not forget the avocados!

One last thing, I have started intermittent fasting over the last six months or so and found it to be pretty easy and very healthy. It helped me lose the last 15 pounds or so. I know I hear from 90% of people that they could never do intermittent fasting. But that’s what all of us do overnight while were sleeping. I just extend the fast until lunch and avoid breakfast most days.

That old familiar saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” was made up by the Quaker Oats company in order to sell more cereal. It’s completely untrue and by the way cereal is one of the worst things you can eat. See the “Wheat Belly” book above.

There are some great YouTube videos on intermittent fasting and there’s a lot of variety that help people do it successfully. One guy I watch a lot on YouTube is Thomas DeLauer. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and lives what he preaches.

I’m going to hold this blog until January so none of us have to feel guilty about eating over the holidays. I hope you all get a good solid start to some healthy living/eating in January. Make it a lifestyle rather than a diet and it is something you can do for the long-haul.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire