At 67 years old and 5 ft. 11 inches, Don began the program weighing 228 lbs (BMI 31.9). Because of high triglycerides, high blood sugar, high c-reactive protein, and excessive small LDL, I instructed Don to eliminate all wheat products from his diet, along with cornstarch and sweets. His intake of lean meats, eggs, vegetables, oils, raw nuts, etc. was unlimited.
Don now weighed 194 lbs, down 34 lbs over 6 months (BMI 27.1). Triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, and well-being had improved dramatically; small LDL, however, had dropped only 30%–still room for improvement.
“My friends say I’m too skinny. They ask if I have cancer!”
I’ve heard this many times: Someone loses weight in a relatively short period of time and friends and family tell you you’re too skinny. “It must be cancer. Nobody loses weight like that.”
Unfortunately, many Americans have forgotten what normal looks like. Normal is certainly not a 190-lb, 5 ft 4 in woman, nor is it a 228 lb, 5 ft 11 inch man. But Americans have put on so much weight that the prevailing view of what constitutes “normal” weight has been revised upward. Normal is closer to what we see in old movies from the 1940s and ’50s with people like Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. That’s what we are supposed to look like.
So Don actually remains mildly overweight but is judged as “too skinny,” or even cancer-ridden, by friends and family.
Ignore such comments. As you lose pounds and approach a truly desirable weight, realize that you are returning to the normal state, not the vision of “normal” now held by most Americans.
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