A Fat Intolerance: Amazing Loser Terry Hart
Let’s be honest, we all love food, but how often do you stop and really think about what you’re eating and how it affects your health? I know, for example, that if I drink too much milk I am likely to spend the next few hours on the toilet – and yet when I want to treat myself, I cannot resist a good milkshake because they are so delicious.
That’s an extremely mild example of what food can do to our bodies, for some it is much worse, as this week’s Amazing Loser Terry Hart knows all too well. He suffered from bad digestive health for a long time before making the connection between his ill-health and what he was eating, but once he did there was no stopping him.
Name: Terry Hart
Location: Hong Kong
Occupation: Investment manager
Highest weight: 121kg (19st 0.8 / 266lbs)
Lowest weight: 101kg (15st 12 / 222lbs)
Weight lost: 44lbs
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
I hurt my back so didn’t exercise for months.
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
What made you decide to change?
I was initially diagnosed with bowel cancer and had to have an operation to remove a large section of my stomach. They discovered that it was actually a ‘ball’ attached by a spindle to my appendix, and it was 10cm in diameter. It would drop and sit on my bowel and it ‘strangled’ itself by rotating and cutting its blood supply off. It was malignant but it was thankfully self-contained.
Wow, that’s so serious – definitely something that would make you rethink things.
To make things worse, I also suffered a severe heart attack two weeks later after a complication from the operation on my stomach. I ‘died’ six times and was defibrillated nine times over the course of six hours.
The medication I had to take afterwards also wreaked havoc on my digestive system. I’d damaged part of my gut lining and I was in so much pain. I was bloated all the time and so anxious about my condition.
How did you do it?
Well, I thought I ate very healthy but looking back it’s clear to me that my portion sizes were way too big and I ate way too much dairy and sugar and way too many carbohydrates. I firmly believe that eating in this way prevented me from losing weight.
I cut out everything that I had shown to be sensitive to – cow’s milk, cashews, yeast and gluten. I also cut down on carbs, dairy, sugar and (this was the big one) alcohol.
How has life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Life is now very good. I have much more energy, I feel good about myself and I’m able to do so much more. I am much more positive, and my wife says that I’m much less moody, though I hate to admit it! I have so much more clarity thought-wise and I’m such a better place in my head.
How did you overcome any difficulties?
Now that you’ve lost weight, how are you planning on maintaining your weight loss?