Manuel Uribe is a much happier man now thanks to low-carb living
Remember when I blogged about the tragic story of the 41-year old half-ton man named Manuel Uribe last year? YES, I SAID A HALF-TON MAN! You may have even seen him featured on television shows and in magazine articles about obesity over the past few months because he has been doing unbelievably well in his weight loss efforts--and he's livin' la vida low-carb to do it, too! HA!
In fact, this former 1230-pounder, who was once dubbed "The World's Heaviest Man," has his weight moving at a rapid pace in the right direction and has dropped an eye-popping 400 pounds in one year--losing over a pound a day and has already lost ONE-THIRD OF HIS STARTING WEIGHT! WOW, now that is truly amazing!
It sorta puts this discussion over the past few days about the study showing the low-carb diet is better for weight loss in the proper perspective now, doesn't it? Manuel is a living, breathing example that it REALLY works!
I've been keeping an eye on his official web site periodically and have been so proud of Manuel for getting his weight and health under control while he still can. Although he's not out of danger yet still weighing in at just under 850 pounds, the fact is he is doing something about it and learning there are healthier and more satisfying ways to eat and live. That's an unheralded message of livin' la vida low-carb that far too often gets lost in the debate over diets.
If all the doom and gloom about low-carb diets beyond one year that have been bantered about by various low-carb opponents these past few days in all the media accounts about this remarkable nutritional approach are indeed true (they're not, but follow the logic for a moment), then I suppose there's not much hope for Manuel Uribe to reach his ultimate goal weight of of 265 pounds sometime in the next few years. He should just give up now and call it a day for giving it the old college try.
How absurd! Obviously, livin' la vida low-carb is working to help him lose weight and get healthy when just one year ago he felt there was no hope left in the world for him at all. But look at what is happening for Manuel Uribe NOW--with assistance from friends and family, he was able to get out of his house for the very first time since 2002 on Wednesday and it was an event worth celebrating!
You can sense the gratitude he has for life now:
"The sky is beautiful and blue and what I want is to enjoy the sun," he told reporters. "My goal is to leave the house on my own but I know that will be a long process."
You WILL do it, Manuel, because you've found a plan that is working for you and you are making it happen!!! CONGRATULATIONS and here's to another 400 pounds lost in the next year! Keep at it, buddy, and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
Where are all the alarmists low-fat diet apologists now? Are they going to claim it was better for Manuel Uribe to remain at 1200+ pounds rather than going on a low-carb diet? How about it, Dr. Ornish? Dr. Katz? Or anyone else who has thumbed their nose at this healthy lifestyle change? Wouldn't you agree he's better off today than he was one year ago BECAUSE of livin' la vida low-carb?
The answer is obvious to everyone--OF COURSE HE IS!
I'm pleased to hear Manuel is getting ready to use his newfound worldwide fame to start a foundation dedicated to giving overweight and obese people financial assistance for medical care as well as classes on what a healthy diet looks like. How much you wanna bet it won't be a low-fat diet?! It's livin' la vida low-carb instead, baby!
**READ UPDATES ON MANUEL URIBE'S LOW-CARB WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS, INCLUDING BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES, BY CLICKING HERE**