Oct. 18, 2021 — Brian Martin Sr. has struggled with weight loss off and on most of his life. He says that struggle kicked into high gear 3 years ago when he needed a hip replacement.
His doctor told the 64-year-old from Woodstock, MD, the good news was the hip replacement was the solution to his problem, but the bad news was he had to bring his body mass index, or BMI, down before he could have the surgery. He weighed just under 400 pounds at the time.
“Having body mass index of at like 55 and having to drop to 40, which entailed dropping about 85 pounds, it was kind of, well shall I say, it was quite an impact on me in many ways. My ego was the first way, but then how to formulate a plan was the next.”
Making that plan is the key, experts say, but no one template will work for everyone. Bouncing from diet plan to diet plan is not unusual, and it’s usually unsuccessful. But some people have found strategies that worked, and the best weight loss plan appears to be the one you find interesting and doable.
The 6-foot-tall Martin says he’s always been a big guy but pretty healthy. He was obese but had none of the conditions that often come with obesity like diabetes and high blood pressure. He was in his 50s when he decided to focus on getting his weight under control.
“That’s when I started trying different things, and everything worked, but nothing stuck, which I’m sure is not only my story,” he recalls. “I always tell people I’m the most disciplined person in the world for the first 21 days, but something happens on that 22nd day I still can’t explain.”
A National Crisis, a Lot of Options
Martin is not alone. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 70% of American adults are overweight or obese.
And the Boston Medical Center, which houses the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, says about 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend a whopping $33 billion annually on weight loss products.
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