Escaping the Dungeon of Obesity with Justin Lacy: PYP 193

Two years ago, Justin Lacy weighed 500 pounds, and could move about only on crutches — when he could move about at all. His tendonitis and lymphedema made standing painful and walking all but impossible. Following his mother’s stroke, the then-30-year-old Justin decided that he was going to make changes and get healthy, no matter what.

Decades of yoyo dieting notwithstanding, Justin believed that he would be able to succeed if only he had access to the right information. And that information came, accidentally, when he started messaging with an admin on a Facebook page that he had joined while flailing about looking for a solution.

“What brought you to a plant-based lifestyle?”, she inquired.

A what-based what?

Justin had no clue what she was talking about.

A McDougall video and Forks Over Knives later, Justin was on the trail of optimal human nutrition like a bloodhound who’s just had a whiff of a stinky sock. This can’t possibly be right, he thought, even as he began devouring Vegsource videos and books and interviews by Drs Esselstyn, Campbell, and Fuhrman.

Justin’s turnaround — and the rollercoaster journey that brought him to where he is now — are the subjects of today’s conversation.

We covered:

  • not thinking of food as an addiction
  • carrying around a “really good calorie collection”
  • abstaining from athletics as a kid (“PE was dreadful and running track was awful”)
  • reading diet books at age 12 (and not telling his parents)
  • the challenges of sticking with a paleo diet (“After a while, the body says, ‘I’m just gonna eat some pizza’”)
  • the power of one slice of bread to undermine a commitment to paleo
  • being a “professional dieter” and entering weight loss competitions
  • how he lost 100+ pounds at least three times in his life
  • the key mindset shift: focusing on health rather than weight
  • the key strategy: really really wanting to get better
  • obesity as a dungeon and bad habits as chains
  • Justin’s step-by-step approach to cleaning up his diet
  • getting more active as a natural consequence of feeling better and lighter and more energetic
  • the importance of expanding the bubble of our comfort zone
  • and much more…

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