Nil-by-mouth: Amazing Loser Chris Dixon
This week’s Amazing Loser Chris realized that his excess weight was down to an insatiable appetite for food: he was literally addicted and it was making him miserable. Overcoming any addiction is difficult, but when it’s food how do you break the addictive cycle when you have to eat? Chris decided to take a drastic approach, cutting out solid food completely in favour of soup, protein shakes and smoothies. Extreme? Definitely. But it has given him the space he needed to work on his troubled relationship with food…
Name: Chris Dixon
Location: Windsor, NY, USA
Occupation: VP – Benefits and services at eni and Owner at Dixon Exterminators
Highest weight: 325+ lbs
Lowest weight: 220lbs
Weight lost: 105lbs
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
I spent years overeating. Plain and simple. Fast food, soda, massive portions, eating late at night, literally eating all the time. I would do some crazy things around eating – eating before meals to ensure I felt full, getting nervous about the quantity of food available, just totally destructive eating habits. Limited exercise and a high stress/low physicality job didn’t help. But in reality – the problem was simply overeating at an extreme level. I’m open about it – I no longer blame genetics, metabolism, or body makeup anymore – it was food addiction.
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
What made you decide to change?
My passport photo. I had to get it re-taken and I got a side by side comparison of how far out of control I had gotten. I had tried every diet you can imagine. I’d lose 15 or 20 lbs but when you are that heavy – it’s like a drop of water in the ocean (or so it feels). I’m an instant gratification kind of guy so small improvements are tough for me to value. I like big change. So I needed an aggressive plan.
How did you do it?
What did you eat before you lost weight?
I ate all the foods that pack on weight – processed foods, fast food, but I also ate good food too. The problem is the amount. Huge portions, and frequently.
How has life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
Now that you’ve lost weight, how are you planning on maintaining your weight loss?