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Man Drops From 350 To 175 Lbs Because He Was Scared Of Diagnosis

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    Will Nevin, 25, feared a frightening diagnosis by doctors so much that he went
    on a diet and exercise drive and lost 175 lbs in 11 months. He had been starting
    to have tingling sensations in his feet, which after an internet search made him
    wonder whether he might be pre-diabetic.

    One day, in January 2010, while
    travelling with friends by car from Alabama to California, he felt a tightening
    in the chest and a racing heart. He assumed the worst and thought that perhaps
    he was having a heart attack. He kept quiet about his symptoms,
    saying nothing to his friends. Now, he realizes that was probably not a very
    wise thing to do.

    The symptoms slowly went away and the road trip
    continued. He had not seen a doctor for three years. A fear lingered in the back
    of his mind that there might be something seriously wrong with his health. This
    fear grew and eventually pushed him into doing something about it.

    Back in Alabama he continued wondering whether he had some serious and perhaps
    life-threatening condition. The worry sometimes overwhelmed him, but he kept it
    to himself. Today, on reflection, he says he was "wallowing in self
    pity."


    A month passed, the worries continued, but so did his
    lifestyle of eating and watching TV - a lifestyle of physical inaction and
    eating. And then, suddenly, for no clear reason that he can recall, he walked to
    his university gym.

    During his walk he acknowledged to himself that at
    the age of 24 a human is usually at the peak of his/her physical condition. If
    he was unfit, unhealthy, and flabby and weak at that age, then that peak either
    passed a long time ago or would never occur, he thought.

    He remembers that his first trip into the gym was like going into a strange and unfamiliar
    land, except of course, for the smoothie counter. He got onto a treadmill and
    managed to do a three-mile walk on it.

    From that day on he did not miss one day at the gym. He also carried out some
    research and altered his eating habits, cutting down on red meat meals and increasing h
    is intake of veggies and fruits.

    He did not see a doctor, nutritionist, gym instructor or sports
    scientist for advice - something he says today he regrets. He believes he was
    lucky that everything turned out well.

    There were moments in the gym when
    he would look around and see nothing but perfect bodies, and would feel
    despondent and lonely. Negative thoughts of never ever being able to look like
    them occasionally entered his mind.

    He found himself becoming frustrated
    and upset when he weighed himself and was disappointed with the results. This is
    a common problem - individuals with high expectations becoming frustrated and
    upset on the scale.

    However, he persevered and people and family started
    to notice. Such comments as "You look different.." gradually turned into
    "Wow! I cannot recognize you any more..". Clothes starting becoming
    unwearable and he had to get new ones.

    Nevin, who was studying law, felt a great sense of achievement when he
    managed to walk up the flight of stairs to his law class without panting.
    Today he says he can sprint up them with ease.

    After 11 months Nevin weighed in at 175 pounds, a 50% drop in
    bodyweight. He had arrived, after many months, at that magic number -
    175!

    Even today he says he looks at himself in the mirror and still
    cannot believe it is him.

    Now he was ready to see his doctor for a check-up,
    he thought. Whatever he was told he felt he could cope with. He passed
    with flying colors - he was fine, a healthy young man.

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