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Facebook Memories are great warnings of how heavy and sad I used to be.  They remind me of how far I had  fallen.  

I never want to be that heavy again--313 pounds at the heaviest.  Now, I'm back in my 160's thanks to You First and the Ideal Protein Protocol (link)

But this Facebook memory got me thinking about something else.  I have not been sick since I started losing weight!  Coincidence?  I think not.

Okay, yeah, the first thing I noticed was how chubby my face was.  But you know, those meds I got back then for my frequent respiratory illnesses seem to be gathering dust in my bathroom cabinet.  

I have hundreds of unused saline packets.  I don't know if cough drops have an expiration date, but I had better check. Here's a side-by-side of me in 2015 and 3 years later.  Welcome back, cheekbones!

I think that two things about the Ideal Protein protocol are major factors toward my rapid health improvement.  I started eating at least FOUR CUPS of vegetables a day, and drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day.  Hydration helped me feel better immediately.  I still eat my veggies and drink lots of H2O since losing the pounds. 

Prior to doing IP, on my high-carb/high-fat diet that got me up to 313 pounds, I drank very little water and you'd never see any greens in my kitchen... except maybe the bread (eeewww!)

After I began the Ideal Protein Protocol, I seemed to just stop needing to go to the doc for respiratory and various ear/nose/throat problems that I used to frequently get.  

In the radio biz, I'm often pushing my voice and being exposed to germs of other ailing deejays, especially when using microphones.  Now it seems like I just watch my fellow jocks getting sick.  It feels like I dodged a bullet.

To me, it's obvious that eating better, regardless of whether you do it to lose weight is great for your health.  In my case, my health improvements went beyond resisting colds and flus.  

If better health is not enough to move you, think about this:


My doctor (who now calls me 'Slim), was happy to inform me at the end of last year that I no longer need injections of Testosterone!

Also, my water retention in my feet and legs went away.  I used to wear tight compression socks because I hated the water pills.

In September, I finally finished paying off the the last bill from stomach pains that had sent me to Alaska Regional Hospital's Emergency Room.  It was for the follow-up CT scan.  Those pains have never come back.

What's the bottom line?  Cheap food did NOT save me money.  

Cheap food just made me spend money on other things-- like meds and humidifiers for coughs and sore throats and aches & pains.  You get quite a few of those when you weigh over 300 pounds.  Cheap food led to my seeing doctors and getting lab tests and more prescriptions.  

I even had a compressed disk several years ago that needed 3 pairs of steroid injections.  My weight may not have directly caused the injury, but having a big belly probably aggravated my back and didn't help with my spine's recovery.


I have decent health benefits through my job here at Magic 98.9.  Now, I can spend them on more important things, like dental work or emergencies.

I hope that this blog has given you some perspective on the financial benefits of losing weight and improving your health, especially if your first question when looking into weight loss plans is 'how much does it cost.'

Cost is important, of course.  But cost is only a problem if there's no VALUE to what you are buying. 

There is tremendous value in the benefits of the Ideal Protein Protocol through You First.  I feel like I am living proof of that!

Learn more at our next Free Seminar on October 17th.  Click any of the photos for more info and to RSVP.  I'd love to see you there.  ~Brian

Disclosure:  I, Brian Ross, was a client of You First for 10 weeks. After seeing significant weight loss results on the Ideal Protein plan, I proudly began endorsing them & receive compensation for on-air mentions & web content.  I also now work part time at You First as a Health Coach.  Results may vary.

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