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400 Pounds Lost? No Surgery? Stop Lying!

Taken from Fitness 102:

Here is a man who a few years ago contemplated suicide.  He felt hopeless and had no desire to live.  He wanted to disappear from the world around him.  Just a few years later, he’s completely changed his life and is starring in his own television show.

His story should certainly give hope to others who currently struggle with obesity.  You do not need surgery and you certainly do not need anything fancy in terms of exercise and diet.  A consistent and diligent effort has once again come out on top… [read more] — Fitness 102

Check him out:

Never be amazed by what a little hard work can do. Be INSPIRED by what a little hard work can do. : )

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By | 2015-02-28T15:21:13+00:00 February 28th, 2015|Health News, Inspiration, Video Vault|32 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.

32 Comments

  1. anony December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    what’s up with the title of this article. people can lose a lot of weight without surgery. i think your title is stupid.

    • Erika December 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM - Reply

      I think it’s equally stupid to post snarky comments on a site and claim your name is “Anony.” See how that works?

      The title of the article is about the fact that people tend to think that only surgery can bring about major weight loss. If you bothered to browse the site, you can see that I’ve endured my OWN major transformation, so CLEARLY I don’t believe that to be the case.

      Alas, I understand how people post on the Internet. It happens.

      Have a lovely day!

  2. Sheshe December 30, 2009 at 5:17 AM - Reply

    I guess understanding sarcasm isn’t her strong point. lol!

    • Erika December 30, 2009 at 9:59 AM - Reply

      For crying out loud, I guess not. LOL!

  3. Tiesha March 6, 2010 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    If people READ more, and JUDGE less, maybe, just maybe, they will and understand how he was able to lose the weight without the surgery. Skimming around the facts will cause you to make a dumb ASSumption.

  4. Gail March 20, 2010 at 7:25 AM - Reply

    Hi Erika,

    It’s been very hard for me to loose weight ever since I was young. I don’t remember my slim years at all. I tried Bally’s but quit after I was insulted by a man who was trying to pick up on me. Some times I think those women are there to loose weight but also to fine a man, how do you to the gym with make up on looking like you are in a beauty pagent. So I’m on the treadmill and I had on a sauna suit, when I told him that I wasn’t interested he told me that I look like a big thing of aluminum foil and walked off. I never returned, I tried women’s work out world, curves and so forth. Maybe it’s just me! I know it is, so Tuesday I have an appt. to go to a seminar at Northwestern Hospital for the lapband surgery. I’ve heard mixed messages about it, what do you think about it?

    • Erika March 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM - Reply

      I’d hate for you to take the easy way out, only to find that you still have to face the issues that caused you to gain/keep the excess weight in the first place.

      I think you can do it without the surgery, as long as you have supportive people around you. 🙂

      • Mia August 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM - Reply

        I’m sorry, but Weight Loss Surgery is NOT the easy way out. The fact of the matter is, that diets fail 95% of the time. Kudos to you, Erika, for being in that slim 5% of people who are successful at keeping the weight off and achieving their weight loss goals. But for a person with chronic illnesses, using a tool (yeah, A TOOL, not magic bullet) is not the “easy way out,” it’s taking advantage of the advances in medicine to help turn the tide against proven statistics.

        • Erika Nicole Kendall August 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM - Reply

          “Diets fail 95% of the time.”

          I’m so tired of this phrase… and please don’t lump me into that “magic 5%” because I didn’t achieve my weight loss through dieting. I achieved it through doing the same thing surgery participants have to do after they’ve had their surgery in order to maintain their loss… thereby STILL leaving me to question the need for the surgery in MANY people’s cases, in the first place.

          Your disagreement is noted. I still stand by what I said.

          • Angie S April 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM - Reply

            I assure you surgery is not the easy way out. I work with several people who have had weight loss surgery. One lost no weight at all Only excuses for why it didn’t work. The other gained all her weight back within 2 years. There are several others that are Thin after surgery. They are very regimented and exercise and eat right. I agree with others who say it is a ” tool”.. It is not a cure all and not a crutch. If anyone thinks they can have surgery and be done they will be very disappointed. I’ve seen it first hand.

            • Erika Nicole Kendall April 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM - Reply

              You can’t assure me of much; if it wasn’t a surgical means of assistance – a shortcut – then people wouldn’t do it.

              Your comment only furthers my underlying belief that most of these people don’t need surgery; they need THERAPY.

              And, before anyone takes that as slander, remember: I saw a therapist about MY food addiction.

        • LaDonna April 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM - Reply

          In some cases weight loss surgery IS the easiest way out. I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve seen who’ve had the surgery to only gain the weight back. All I can think is that person just wasted good money on surgery only to gain all the weight back. If you don’t get to the root of the cause of your weight gain you will gain it back and some more!!! I believe 99% of the battle is fought in our minds. Renew your mind, change you life!!!

    • Candice April 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM - Reply

      I’ve seen people and know a person who had the surgery and it didn’t work. There are underlying issues to most people’s weight gains and if you don’t address them, no amount of surgery will help.

  5. vesta henderson April 7, 2010 at 5:32 PM - Reply

    Hi, read your article and was very impressed by the truth of it all and want to know, because i couldn’t find it what diet did you follow i would like to have an example to get started and share it with my niece and daughter and friends. I’m glad you mentioned the HCG spent my money didn’t believe it my niece told me to try it I told her if you eat 500 cal a day you will lose wt. alone. so i truly thank you for that. if you don’t mind giving me a start i would appreciate it.

    • Erika April 7, 2010 at 11:21 PM - Reply

      Vesta, the best that I could do is tell you to subscribe to the site and go through all of the articles. I give excruciating detail about the things I’ve gone through and how they’ve worked for me, as well as the science (sensible science) behind the basic principles of health and wellness. If you have any specific questions, I’m all ears… but unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to the question you asked.

  6. lakeisha stringfellow April 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM - Reply

    Hi Erika,
    I absolutely love your site. I dont believe that having the weight loss surgery is the easy way out, as I have heard stated before(I personally know of a couple of people who have had the surgery and its not easy at all, and may even be harder than trying to live a healthy lifestyle, its so much more than having the surgery and WHA-LA youre thin). I think that it just gives some hope and a jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. Ive personally thought about doing the surgery, but I do understand the importance of a changed mindset and healthy eating habits. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and I look forward to writing a chapter or two of my own!!!

    • Erika April 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM - Reply

      Lakeisha,

      I’m glad you support the site and I hope that it continues to help you… but I stand by my position. Surgery allows you to lose weight regardless of how many mistakes or screw-ups you make on your journey. I value my screw ups, because I’ve learned from them. Surgery takes that opportunity away from you. I stand behind that.

      I am perfectly aware that it’s about more that going under a knife, and voila… but just like there’s more to surgery, there is way more to weight loss in general that cannot be ignored. Surgery undercuts that. Sorry that we disagree. 🙁

      • Meka January 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM - Reply

        Hello, I am enjoying your website! I do have to disagree
        with surgery being the easy way out. I had the lap band surgery
        which is totally different from the bypass. I can still eat
        everything that I could before and if I don’t make healthy choices
        or go workout I will not lose a single pound or even gain back the
        80lbs I have lost so far. I am losing about 5lbs a month due to
        making healthy choices and hitting the gym. I work just as hard as
        the next person that didn’t have the surgery. The band is a tool
        that allows me to not get hungry as often as I used to. Some people
        choose to take diet pills to dim the hunger but I chose the band. I
        can sit around and drink milkshakes all day and eat all the ice
        cream I want and the lap band would not stop it. So, as far as the
        surgery taking away the opportunities to make mistakes and learn
        from them, it has not done that for me. I didn’t lose any weight
        from June to August because I was drinking Starbucks Frappuccino’s
        every day and not working out. I am so happy that I made this
        choice. I have lost weight in the past only to gain it all back
        plus some. I am hoping that by making a lifestyle change this time
        around will help me keep it off. All people that had surgery can
        gain all the weight back if they don’t make a lifestyle change just
        like you did. So, for the ones that manage to keep the weight off
        deserves a hand clap because it was in no way easy. Thanks for your
        encouraging words!

  7. Gail April 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Hi Erika,

    I pray and hope this go through, I agree with both you and Lakeisha on the matter of the surgery. As I stated to you, I did go to the meeting at Northwestern University. Surgery is no piece of cake, did you know that if you do make the mistake of eating something that you’re not suppose to, that because of the surgery your body will reject those foods and baby it won’t be pretty. You get sick, you throw up and you feel awful, these are the things you can no longer have when you get the surgery. No carbs (period), sugar (period), soda (including diet) beer, pizza of no kind (including your delicious pizza), a small piece of rib tips (no greasy food period). I was funk that man, you can only have 64 oz of water a day, the doctor said some people can drink that in one sitting, after the surgery it will take you a full day to get that down. You have to take it really, really slow eating otherwise your body will throw it back up. So no eating on the go.
    I was like damn! I rather try to exercise as best I can, and eat healthier, at least I can treat myself once in a while and have family night, make me one of your pizzas and enjoy myself. Because of you, a close friend of mine who did have the Bariatric Surgery, and the meeting. I decided not to go through with it. The surgery is way harder than just doing it myself, even if I did cheat, the pain of being sick just wouldn’t be worth all that.

    • Ms.Nikkie February 27, 2011 at 8:06 PM - Reply

      I AM INSPIRED! I just visited your website about a week ago after reading the featured article on you in Essence. I have been on a mission to loose weight for the past couple of weeks and have found the idea of “clean eating” very insightful. I have begun reading labels looking for “high fructose corn syrup” and have not bought anymore of those “chicken sausages” that have added pork (I ate that brand ALOT and never bothered to read the ingredients!). After viewing the video above, I know if that guy can commit to loosing 400 lbs., I can definitely commit to loosing 81.

      Thanks, Erica

  8. Amber March 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM - Reply

    That’s amazing!

  9. LaDonna May 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    I loved this story. It inspired. I recently enlisted the help of an online trainer to get myself going on a self motivated path. He provided the do’s/don’ts nad supplement and exercise regimens. The willpower is up to me. This first month has been rough going. But I’m working on it. I find its battle because some of my food trends are habits driven by triggers and emotions. And everytime I have to make a food choice I confront them. The habits and the underlying issues. I won’t lie. Some days I win the battle…somedays I don’t. But just like building endurance in exercise its getting better as I go. Jogging was extremely uncomfortable at first. Constriction of breathing is no picnic. In the same way I find my appetite is not comfortable when I restrict it. Its tough. I’m like an unrulely child wanting his/her way. But the more I press…the more I confront and the more I push…the more I accomplish. The little victories are so encouraging.

    Seeing this man keep at, even when he hit blocks and discouraging patches…I’m inspired that like building cardiovascular endurance, my endurance to eat right will broaden. I’ll get better…feel better and be better. Ups and downs aren’t defeats! They are part of the process! An entire psychological exercise!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Arnita May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM - Reply

    Erika,

    Thanks for posting this. I believe I saw a part of this previously and I forgot about it. The reminder was much needed for me. This clip brough tears to my eyes (I know I’m a wuss!) but it really touched me. This just speaks volumes to me and says, hey, if this man can lose 200 lbs, I can lose the first 70 that I need to lose. I am very impatient and I heard that it took this man 2 years and he stuck with it. And for me, I can say that surgery is not the answer because I flat-out refuse to even entertain the notion of it. Between this and your story and all of the encouragement you give on your site, I know that I can do it. For that, I say a heartfelt Thank You! 🙂

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