Weight Loss Transformation – Jeff Craft Loses 180lbs – Amazing Loser

  • Name: Jeff Craft (ask him anything on Talk)
  • Height: 5’9″ (176 cm)
  • Job: Support Staff for the Wells Library, Indian University, Bloomington Indiana
  • Age: 50
  • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Highest weight: 350 lbs (158 kg)
  • Lowest weight: 168.4 lbs (76 kg)

So Jeff, those before and after pictures tell a story. You look so low in the first one – what was life like at 350lbs? 

I had shortness of breath, I had joint pain. Worst of all I was unable to do things, or at least not do them as well, with my wife, my family and my friends.

So what changed?977017_10201240067274444_202812208_o

My endocrinologist told me that my blood work put me into a pre-diabetic condition. Diabetes runs on both sides of my family and it concerned me. He didn’t ask me if I wanted something to help me lose the weight. He said “We have to get this weight off you” and gave me the prescriptions. I had a willingness to try and this time I didn’t use my lack of thyroid, which I had lost due to cancer, as an excuse.

What did you do to change then?

I got some drugs Phentermine and Topiramate from my endocrinologist to start the process. I used MyFitnessPal to journal all the food I ate and I worked out five times per week. After I saw that the drugs and diet got me to lose 26 lbs. in two to three weeks I wondered what would happen if I did more. So I hit the gym – first twice a week then three times, then four times per week at my endocrinologist’s suggestion.

I just tried to eat as healthily as I could. Sometimes, “eating healthy” became “eating less badly”. I was afraid and I saw an opportunity for something that might work. No one had offered me a medical solution before. They just gave me suggestions and told me to use “willpower”

What were you eating before that caused you to gain the weight?


Before I would eat lots of pasta and starchy carbs, fast food and sweets. Now I eat a lot more lean meats and other proteins, whole grains, brown rice, more salad and vegetables. The biggest change for me is that I weigh and measure most of my food and have a better idea of portion control than I ever had before.

Did you have any plateaus or blips? 

I’ve been lucky. It’s been fairly straight forward up until maintenance. I’ve gotten a little cocky toward the end and lost a little self-control so I’m tweaking my diet again to get back on track.

How has life changed now you’ve lost the weight?

I enjoy moving around more now that I can do it better. I’m an amateur actor and did a show last June and felt better on stage than I have in years. My wife and I have gone to places where people didn’t recognize us because she’s lost over 50 lbs as well.


My wife has really helped a lot and I have several friends and internet resources that I have used for research and motivation. My parents have been more helpful now though they still forget occasionally and wonder why I’m not eating so much.

My worst enemy, though, is me. I struggle mightily to get out of my own way. I’ve gone through times of being paranoid about everything I put in my mouth to wanting to give up because I still seeing a fat guy in the mirror because I see all the loose skin and lose track of my accomplishments.

If you could go back to the person you were at your heaviest – what would you say to him?18491_389789111204491_9129873110727143458_n

Before or after I slapped him?! Seriously, I’d probably say, “Look, I understand how scared you are to make this jump. I know you think you can’t do it. Trust me, though, you’re better and more determined than you think you are. YOU. CAN. DO. THIS!”

Wise words – how would you change the environment to make things easier for guys to lose weight?

That’s a tough one – I don’t think you can force anyone to do anything they don’t want to do. I’d love to see a way that countries or employers could give financial incentives to those who make an effort to improve their health.


Ok, share some words of wisdom with our readers – what three things do they need to know about losing weight?

  1. Not going to lie to you. It’s not going to be easy to start out.
  2. Don’t worry that you’re not losing weight at the same rate as someone else. The fact that you are making the effort to lose weight is a success in itself.
  3. You will feel so much better at the end.

Huge congratulations to Jeff on his success and don’t forget if you want to ask him anything then head on over to Talk and if you’re an Amazing Loser, or you know of one, then get in touch and share your story and inspire the rest of us! 

About the Author /


I'm Andrew Shanahan, I started MAN v FAT when I lost over 60lbs and realised that there was naff all help for men who wanted to lose weight.

From the forum

  1. wow. just wow.

  2. admin says:

    Yeah, I know. Totally on it guy as well. Thanks @mrashp!

  3. Awesome and thanks to the people who have read this smile

  4. Thanks for such a great write up of my story.

    Happy to help other guys who have any questions or need advice :smiley:

  5. Flippin' 'eck. Kudos for sharing that full body shot at the beginning.

  6. Thanks :slight_smile:

    I hated that photo but glad I took it, because it's now a reminder of where I'll never be again.

    Looking forward to getting back into my training, just recovering from a wee bit surgery :confused:

  7. The one regret I have is NOT having one of those "before" photos as I can't think of a better motivation than seeing what I looked like in May this year before I started to take my weight loss seriously.
    I'm sure I'm not the only one on here who kept out of the photos being taken and even though I regularly have to have my photo taken for the local paper as part of my job all I did before was hide my gut behind something/someone else!!
    @Mark_Hannigan you are an inspiration to everyone mate, so glad to read about all the health benefits you've experienced too.

  8. Incredible story and truly inspirational.
    I am now (as I haven't got one) going to do a "before" shot...even though I'm 40lbs down on my journey!!!

    Many congratulations to both you and your wife @Mark_Hannigan
    I have just shown some colleagues the before & after of you both and they cannot believe you are the same couple

  9. Well done @Mark_Hannigan - pretty sure I saw this story on here a few weeks ago as a Newspaper article? Might just be my head playing tricks on me.

    Your current food plan is pretty much exactly I eat now, so totally understand why you love it so much and will stick with it.

    These VCLD low calorie drink diets are jack hard, so I take my hat off to you!

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