In his honest, humorous, revealing and reader-friendly Diary of A Former Fat Man: My Real-World, Year-Long Journey From Obesity to A Healthier Weight And Lifestyle, Daniel Swift shares what it was to be thirty-seven, over 300 pounds, and fearful for his survival. Swift provides a rare 360 degree view of the effects of weight and weight loss, sharing the physical, mental and emotional effects this year had on him. Men and women of all ages will learn how they can reverse decades of poor decisions and make life-saving changes to their daily routine. Unlike most weight-loss books, Swift offers no quick-fix solutions, no expensive spa-driven plans, no promises of a wonder machine to do the work. Instead, he lays out in journal format how a trip to the emergency room drove him to evaluate his physical condition and his nutritional needs, and how he managed to succeed despite the distractions and obstacles everyday life provides. In the first year, the author dropped over seventy pounds...and more importantly kept it off. Energized, and now a certified personal trainer, with a positive outlook and a full life ahead, he now offers his experience and expertise offering this book and the fitnessforus.com community as helpful resources to those looking to take control of their weight and health.
When Daniel Swift was thirty-seven, and weighing over 300 pounds, he found himself in the emergency room with severe chest pains. This was the wake-up call that changed his way of thinking and his life. Strengthened by a sense that he was literally fighting for his life, the author studied and discarded many "foolproof" diets and finally embarked on a program that he designed to fit his personal needs and that worked with the demands of life. In one year, Swift lost over seventy pounds and regained energy, a zest for life, and confidence. In his informative and often humorous book Diary of A Former Fat Man: My Real-World, Year-Long Journey From Obesity to A Healthier Weight And Lifestyle, Swift honestly and openly shares what worked as well as what didn’t and why and he utilizes his finely tuned research and analysis skills to shed light on some of today’s hottest weight loss, nutrition and fitness ideas along the way. Swift took his research so seriously he became a certified personal trainer and established fitnessforus.com as a free resource and community to those looking to take control of their weight and health. His plan is simple, safe, and makes sense. What's more, it takes into account that most of us are busy, living under everyday stress at work and home, and need a strategy that's easy to follow. This book does all that...and more.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
“Well, you didn’t have a heart attack.” As relieved as I was to hear the emergency room doctor say that, the look of shock on his face did throw me a bit. I guess it is typical for an obese smoker close to forty showing up with chest pains to be suffering a heart attack. Well, it wasn’t a heart issue. It turns out I had developed a chronic stomach condition that simulates a heart attack—lucky me. This was a real wake-up call that forced me to take a hard look at my health.
I decided, for the first time in my life, to get my weight under control. In the past, I had given half-hearted attempts to drop some pounds but this time was different. I really felt like I was battling for my life. The years of excess weight and poor health had really begun to take a toll on the quality of my life. Having never really given my health a second thought, I found a sea of information and programs that promised to shed weight quick and painlessly. I quickly realized most of these programs were nothing but empty promises. I then went to the basics of weight loss: consume fewer calories than I use, combining a low calorie diet with exercise.