With advanced degrees in physical education and an established
career as a high school wrestling coach, Doug Darnell had
considered himself fairly knowledgeable when it came to overall
health and weight management. Although the former college athlete
pushed his students to be at the top of their game through physical
conditioning, Doug himself struggled to lose the weight he packed
on after graduating college.
"My weight always yoyo-ed ever since I stopped wrestling in
college," says Doug, who unsuccessfully stuck with a low-carb, high
protein diet with minimal fruits and vegetables. He exercised, but
his routine consisted of long, slow-paced workouts that did little
to move the needle. "The past 10 years I saw my weight go up and up
and I couldn't lose the weight no matter what I tried."
At his heaviest, Doug weighed 252 pounds and his weight began to
take its toll on his health. "I was always tired. I had developed
sleep apnea and had chronic back pain," remarked Doug. And with a
family history of high cholesterol, Doug began to consider himself
"a walking heart attack."
It wasn't until an emotional fishing trip with his son that a
course for change was set in Doug's life. "My son and I were
walking when I became very fatigued and needed to stop and take a
break, and as I sat there trying to catch my breath I saw the tears
well up in my son's eyes," said Doug. "For the first time I
realized how much of an emotional effect my gaining weight had on
Doug decided to take action and knew he needed to make some
changes as the years of low-carb dieting had not helped. After
reading a news article about the Inherent Health Weight Management
genetic test, Doug decided to give it a try.
He took the test and learned that based on his genetics he would
respond best to a low-fat diet and higher intensity workouts - the
complete opposite of the diet he'd grown accustomed to. Doug
immediately began to notice changes once he started the diet
program recommended by his genetic report.
"I started losing weight day one," said Doug. "I had incredible
results because my body really responded to the change in my eating
habits and workout intensity." Doug changed his diet to meet the
recommendations from his test including eating less meat and
increasing his fruit and vegetable intake. When he did eat meats,
they needed to be lean.
Doug knew he had to make the plan part of his new lifestyle in
order to continue to see results and not only did he lose nearly 80
pounds and go from a size 42-inch waist to a size 35-inch, he saw
other benefits as well.
"My cholesterol levels have gone down to normal, healthy levels
and I have a lot more energy and no longer snore when sleeping,"
said Doug. But most importantly, the emotional toll his weight had
taken on his family has been lifted and now his daughter can put
her arms around her dad for a hug.
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