A British doctor has lost almost 60 pounds after he says he was sick and tired of giving hypocritical advice to his patients.
London’s Joshua Wolrich, a 28-year-old doctor with the UK’s National Health Services relied on triple sandwich meals from fast-food chains and late-night snacks to help get through his long shifts in medical school. After working all-nighters, Wolrich said he would order a greasy full-English breakfast followed by heavy pasta dishes throughout the day.
Things changed for the young doctor when he was asked to provide obese patients with weight loss advice, and realized any information he could offer would be hypocritical.
“I kept wondering – why should they listen to me when I need to lose some weight too – it’s like a smoker telling patients to kick the bad habit,” Wolrich told the Daily Mail.
Wolrich swapped his fast food diet for home cooked meals but says it took some time before he adjusted to living healthfully.
“At first, I tried methods such as restricting certain foods and experimenting with extreme calorie restriction, but soon realized this wasn’t a sustainable or a healthy way to go about weight loss,” he admitted. “It’s all about focusing on balanced, nutrient dense foods and addressing the disordered eating behaviours – rather than filling up on food that doesn’t do anything for your health.”
Wolrich began tracking his weight-loss on his blog, “Unfattening.” Within the first six months of changing his eating habits, he lost 26 pounds and seven inches from his waist.
With almost fifty-thousand followers on Instagram, Wolrich shares healthy recipes and fitness tips for anyone who wants to make a change. Food, he insists, is key to seeing results.
“As a doctor, I believe diet and disordered eating is the first thing that has to be looked at if you’re serious about weight loss,” Wolrich says. “Diet and exercise are often given equal weighting – but whilst they are both important, changing your diet is key.”
Maintaining a balanced diet that incorporates protein, vegetables and yes, carbohydrates is important for Wolrich, who says he sometimes uses a calorie counter.
18 months after he began his fitness journey, Wolrich completed his first half-marathon. Now, almost three years later, Wolrich shows no sign of slowing down or going back to his unhealthy ways.