Starting Weight: 280 pounds
Current Weight: 228 pounds
Total weight lost: 52 pounds*
*In a CMWL multicenter randomized trial involving 550 patients who followed a CMWL Low-Calorie Diet (LCD) or Modified LCD Program, both with and without appetite suppressants, the average weight loss was 2 pounds per week over a 12-week period. The research was wholly funded by an independent third party with the exception of travel expenses. According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, participants completing a 12-week medical weight loss program lost 11.1% of their body weight, on average. Results may vary.
I saw Dr. G. at a mutual friend’s wedding in December 2009, when I weighed over 280 pounds. I knew he was a medical doctor who specialized in weight loss, but what could he possibly do for me? I had been dieting for years, going back and forth, losing 10 pounds here and 15 pounds there…but nothing consistent. He, along with all my other friends, remembered me from high school as the athlete.
During my younger years, I was big into sports and excelled quickly in all sports I tried out for. Gym was easy for me since I was always the best in my class: fastest, biggest, and strongest. Now here I was, married with children and dealing with all of life’s stressors. I grew to an alarming 280 pounds and was considered to be morbidly obese! I guess life just catches up with you.
I tried every diet in the world, but nothing seemed to work. I grew up with Dr. G., so I figured, let me just give this another try. Of course, all the naysayers told me not to try another “fad diet.”
One of the Best Decisions Ever
Looking back, I can now say CMWL was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I have maintained virtually all of the weight loss two years later. Now, those same people who said I couldn’t do it want Dr. G.’s phone number!
Before I started with CMWL, I had high cholesterol and sleep apnea; now my cholesterol is great and I’m no longer using the sleep apnea machine. My energy has significantly improved and my thinking about food has changed forever. I still use some of the meal replacement shakes and bars to help with keeping my weight stable, and I exercise regularly, training with weights three times a week and doing cardio at least three or four times a week.
Dr. G. has helped me find myself again. My life has been awesome ever since. Thanks to Dr. G., I’m looking more like the 21-year-old Mark everyone remembers – and more importantly, I feel like him as well… maybe even better!
Favorite CMWL Product:Chocolate shakes and Chocolate Graham Bars.
Top Tip to Stay Motivated:I keep a screensaver on my computer of the 285-pound Mark so I make sure I don’t want to go back; I’m always moving forward.
What I Like Best About CMWL:Being able to be accountable by meeting with Dr. G every week and being weighed in. When I know we’re meeting, I always think twice about what I eat. He’s also a great coach.
At CMWL, I learned valuable information from Dr. Kaplan to help keep me moving forward
"Being both a CMWL doctor and patient, I have first-hand knowledge of how well this program works. I will never be overweight again."
"I got the same results without having surgery…I accomplished something I thought was impossible."