Bigt Moose's Vegan Health Success Story: Taking back his health in every way

Many of you know 50-year old "Bigt Moose" (keeping his identifying information private) as an active member of my free Going Vegan for Health Facebook Group. He is one of our most active members, always sharing new recipes, delicious food ideas, facts he's learned and asking questions that benefit everyone who participates in the group. He's also shared his amazing results turning around his own health many times in the group in the form of comments and posting his latest blood work results.

I wanted to nail down the whole story of How Bigt took back his health so that everyone struggling with obesity can see that these results are possible for anyone who tries and commits to a whole food plant-based diet and lifestyle.

348 pounds of misery

Late 2015 and early 2016, Bigt Moose was on type 2 diabetes medication, statin drugs for high cholesterol, anti-depressants and anti-inflammatory pain medication. He suffered from sleep apnea, shortness of breath, elevated blood pressure, several bouts with heat exhaustion requiring hospitalization and chronic pain in his hip, knee, and lower back pain.

"At that time, I weighed 348 pounds. I was miserable and felt like I was dying," says Bigt Moose.

Desperate to lose the weight

Bigt says he had steadily gained weight since 1994 after getting out of the Army weighing 235 pounds.

"Like everyone, I tried losing weight with all the fad diets. I'd lose, and gain back more than I lost. I've never had a successful diet program," says Bigt.

In April 2016 he saw some co-workers that had success with gastric bypass weight loss surgery and it sparked his interest.

"I signed up for seminars and immediately fell into the program of preparing for gastric bypass by undergoing psychological evaluation, cardiovascular tests, and the required three month consecutive medical supervised weigh-ins showing an effort to lose weight."

He did, in fact, lose 28 pounds during this time. Part of that preparation included going on a, "liver shrink" diet to reduce the size of his liver for surgery. He lost an additional 10 pounds or so that way, and had his surgery on November 3rd 2016, at around 300 pounds.

Surgery successful, losing weight but not much health improvement

The surgery was successful and by the 4-month checkup in March 2017, Bigt was down to 255 pounds.