Overweight Granddad Drops Almost 90kg After Doctor Warns Him He'll Miss Out On Seeing Grandchildren Grow Up
An overweight man has lost over 88kg (195lbs) after a doctor warned him he wouldn't live to see his granddaughters grow up if he didn't drop some weight.
Jamie Green, 56, from Georgia in the US, saw his weight creep up to 170kg (375lbs) due to his love of hot dogs and sugary soft drinks, which knocked his confidence and left him feeling insecure.
However, it wasn't just the emotional and mental toll that hit Jamie, in 2016 he was diagnosed with early stage liver failure and told he was pre-diabetic. A straight-talking doctor warned him that if he didn't sort out his weight, he would die before his eldest granddaughter Baylee, now eight, turned 10.
The shocking diagnosis was enough to spur Jamie, a former Marine, into action and he began a new fitness regime and diet.
Jamie swapped his typical daily diet of six hot dogs and two hamburgers to a vegetarian one, full of fresh vegetables, quinoa and legumes.
He also headed to the gym with his fitness-loving wife Melissa, 50, and managed to drop 88kg in less than two years.
Jamie said: "The company I work for, they make us do a yearly wellness exam for our insurance, which shows your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, liver function and other things like that.
"At that point I was already on the maximum dosage of medication for blood pressure and cholesterol.
"We had just gotten a new doctor that year and he told me I was pre-diabetic and also in the early stages of liver failure.
"He asked me how old were my grandchildren and I said, 'Six and seven.' Then he said, 'Well you'll be lucky if you live until the oldest one is ten.'
"He made me so angry. I said, 'You can't just speak to people like that.' I was furious and embarrassed.
"But I was eating two double sausage, egg and cheese biscuits and a large Coke every single morning.
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"And for lunch I would eat six corn dogs or hot dogs. For dinner I would have two hamburgers and sometimes a whole tube of Pringles."
Thanks to his hard work and commitment, Jamie has gone from a 52inch waist to a 32inch waist and says that, unlike before, he now craves healthy meals.
"When I went home after that doctors appointment I started to research and everything pointed to a plant-based whole foods diet," he continued.
"That's how I've done it. I'm mostly a vegetarian now but I sometimes eat fish.
"At the beginning I really missed meat and salt. I've substituted table salt with organic seaweed to snack on.
"Now I crave broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Sometimes we make vegan sushi. I couldn't walk a mile before but now I lift weights and do cardio five days a week."
Being slimmer also means that he's able to enjoy time with his grandchildren.
Jamie said: "When I was fat I was afraid to even get into the pool with the kids because I worried if they got into trouble I wasn't mobile enough to help them.
"I want to see those blond-haired, blue-eyed girls get married someday and I'm glad I've taken the steps to do that."
And his relationship with his wife is better than ever, with Jamie admitting that before he lost weight he was jealous and insecure.
"When I was heavy I was a super jealous husband," he said. "My wife is so loyal, but I would get paranoid she was looking at other guys.
"It was all just paranoia that festered from my own insecurities about my weight. As the weight dropped, so did those feelings."
He now thanks his doctor for being so brutally honest with him, saying: "My doctor is my best friend now because I went home and thought, 'I'll show him.'
"After I lost 100lbs he told me that's exactly what he wanted to do. And he was right. I was on the path to an early grave."
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