Man loses over 300 pounds on a low-carb diet, says “If I can do this, anyone can”

tony-bussey-before-and-after

Tony has lost an impressive 326 lbs (148 kg) following a low-carb high-protein diet and walking. Congratulations!

His weight-loss journey started in May 2016 after the wildfire in Fort McMurray. At this time, he had to use two airplane seats during the evacuation, delaying other people from getting to safety. This increased his motivation to attempt a big lifestyle change.

He shares a few words of encouragement for anyone who’s in a similar situation to where he was in 2016:

You used to think there was no hope. That it was just total despair that you were that big. That there was no going back. It was almost as if you were just waiting to die, as sad as that sounds, but that’s all your life was.

There is hope. I was 41 when I started this, almost 600 pounds. If I can do this, anyone can.

CBC News: Man drops 326 pounds after needing two plane seats in evacuation from Fort McMurray fire

Note that while Tony was eating a low-carb, high-protein diet he was also “eating” hundreds of pound of body fat. So including that, the fuel to his body was actually more like a low-carb, high fat diet.

To keep up the same fuel mix and the same hormonal situation once a more normal body weight is reached, it becomes necessary to tweak the diet a bit. Specifically, you’d then need to increase the amount of fat eaten, to stay satisfied and not hungry after meals.

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  1. Anita Shaw
    God bless you! & Thanks for the inspiration. I've fallen off the low carb wagon after a 70 lb. loss & needed some encouragement to get back on it. Again, thank you ?
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  1. Pam
    Too bad he wasn't on "MY 600 lb Life." That would get the word out.
  2. Kathleen
    Congratulations, Tony. Great job!
  3. Cookie
    Happy Happy for you!! I hope you donate your extra skin if you have any to Baylor College of Medicine Houston Texas
  4. Anita Shaw
    God bless you! & Thanks for the inspiration. I've fallen off the low carb wagon after a 70 lb. loss & needed some encouragement to get back on it. Again, thank you ?
  5. Karen
    Congratulations Tony! You're an inspiration!
  6. Rieann
    Note that while Tony was eating a low-carb, high-protein diet he was also “eating” hundreds of pound of body fat. So including that, the fuel to his body was actually more like a low-carb, high fat diet.

    For me, this is probably my 'light bulb' moment.

    I have tried to do LCHF over several years, but not religiously, and while I have lost some weight I never had the losses I read about on Diet Doctor and other sites.

    I am a very short, very fat old lady, and I was absolutely horrified when I saw my whole body scan and saw this large blob, with small bones in the middle of it, that started me on LCHF but as I have said, not very successfully.

    Now I have to re think my diet, and basically, cut out fat, need to eat my body fat and not the fat on meat, bacon and poultry or in
    dairy products.

    Can't hurt to try it and might have more success than I have had so far.

    Thanks for posting Tony's story and congratulations to him for his achievements.

  7. Paula
    Hi how do I start this program and he I follow the step of the menu when I see results. Thank you
  8. PAT
    I've been low carb since Oct.. I have lost 35 lbs. BUT, I've lost nothing since the end of January. I've even cut back on carbs.
    I am so frustrated that I want to EAT anything & everything.
    I have about 50 lbs more to take off. Unfortunately, exercise is at a minimum as I have a weight-bearing knee brace which is supposed to re-align my knee.
    I know I'm whining but I'm really struggling.
    Replies: #16, #19
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  10. mdogger12
    I have bad knees, back, feet so I use a chair and do alot of upper body exercises also I stand alot when I can and just use upper body movements, something to think about, also resistant bands provide a goid resistant workout without needing lower body movement..
  11. Sharon Alrifai
    It's so hard. I'm a newbie. I've only lost ten pounds in two months. I'm stuck inside the house 24/7 taking care of my mom who has terminal cancer and sometime I just go to the fridge or for summer chips or something sweet out of bordem. I can't go anyplace with out finding someone to sit with Mom. I think that's what makes it so hard for me.
    Reply: #15
  12. Kelly
    I encourage everyone to stop saying the word diet. To make this successful, you have to make a life commitment to change how you eat. This is not a short term fix. I started in Sept 2017 and have lost 25 lbs. This may not seem like a bunch but slow weight loss means a better chance of keeping it off permanently. I also can't exercise much due to feet problems but the change in eating makes the biggest difference. Keep at it and don't give up!
  13. Vicky
    Sharon, being a caregiver is hard. Maybe you could get a Wii and use at home or workout videos while she sleeps. Yoga can help with relaxation and stress. Taking care of yourself is important, too, but easier said than done!
  14. Sherry
    Here's the link to the original story by Katie Breen on cbc.ca :
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-man-drops-326-...

    Did Tony consent to use his image and story as an endorsement of your program?

  15. C
    Sharon, you are stuck in the house all the time taking care of your mom and that is awesome. Please make it work for you, though, instead of against you. Use that time to plan and cook healthy meals and prepare healthy snacks to keep on hand when you get the munchies. You can do this
  16. TeeDee
    Pat, all I can share from my own weight loss experiences is that whenever hunger or cravings become a problem, it's always because I was consuming too many carbs. I don't eat bread, pasta or potatoes any more, but even the low starch veg and occasional glasses of wine was enough to cause those nagging cravings. Now that I keep all carbs around 10-20g per day, I rarely have those cravings. Once we become true fat burners the only 'hunger' I feel is mainly psychological because I know my body has plenty of fat in storage to burn. Once my excess fat is burned and I'm at an ideal weight, it will be my dietary fat that keeps the carb cravings away. Best wishes on the rest of your health journey. :)
  17. Bonnie Jalsevac
    Sharon I totally understand as I took care of my mom for 7 years. She died this past June at 96. I certainly was physically low and yes I ate out of boredom....the Diet doctor helped me stay focused and I am doing daily at home workout videos ...The Body Project..check them out. They also are a great online support group. You NEED exercise to help mentally. Follow The Diet doctor for recipes and DON'T bring chips or candy into the house! If you have a buddy you can email or talk to ,that is also helpful...I rekindled an old friendship as we are both doing The Body Project...I am 69 and trying to regain my strength. Keep up yours!
  18. Tamara
    Was great to read Tony's story! I'm curious...does Tony live in Ft McMurray or is he a camp worker? My husband also works in Ft McMurray and is interested in exploring LCHF but he lives in a work camp way out in the bush and has little control over his food options the weeks he's at work/camp. Any suggestions?
  19. DKC
    Try intermittent fasting!! I was in the same boat and this made a huge difference!
  20. Frances
    I prefer the 5:2 Fast diet as promoted by Dr Michael Mosley, BBC medical journalist. One restricts calories on 2 non-consecutive days of the week and eats normally the other five. This weight loss method works for most people. Essentially it is low carb. on the 2 fast days.
  21. J
    Wow well done to Tony, what an inspiration.

    I think the biggest thing I learnt along my journey is not to use the word 'diet' and not to have the mentality of 'I can't have that'. This is important. We all have cravings but the problem starts when we tell ourselves we can't have something. I have been doing LCHF for a year and lost 4.5 stone. I always enjoyed one meal per week where i ate anything I want. This allowed me to curb my cravings. Also, If i was really desperate for something bad i.e. chocolate, i would have something small but i would tell myself first. If you really want it have it, just know it has consequences. If there were days when I had to eat something high carb/unhealthy for pure ease or I was unable to prep then i would make sure the rest of the day would be good. Basically, don't deprive yourself is what I'm saying.

  22. Cristina
    Great job! But I don't understand one thing. The story talks of LCHF but then Diet Doctor always seems to point you towards the "get started with keto" link. Does it have to be keto (which is very low carb) for things to work? I thought low carb was an option. I want to know what Tony did. He didn't mention keto (unless I"m mistaken). Thanks.
  23. George Hess
    So does this comments section remove any mention of Reddit (the best source for keto info) if so, that seems like it's way more interested in making money than helping people do what's right and lose weight in a safe manner.
    Replies: #24, #25, #26
  24. George Hess
    I stand corrected. I simply posted info saying that all the info you need to do keto is 100% free and no one should ever charge for it and that either google or reddit, the info is available for you to find.
    I consider this site a "Complementary Tool" for Keto (plans/recipes/etc.. so I can see paying for that, just like I would my bullet blender for making LCHF shakes), but if anyone ever tries to charge you for information about keto run for the hills, no one has a secret way of doing it, all the info on how to do it correctly and safely is online.
  25. George Hess
    I stand corrected, it looks like it didn't like my mention of the fact that all the info on keto should never come with a price tag as it's all available and there are never any proprietary secrets to it. (Also I consider this site a complementary tool like I would my bullet blender for LCHF shakes, so not calling it out, just mentioning based on the other comments that you should go read up on the subject.)
  26. George Hess
    ok, i guess there's a huge lag between submission and the post showing up,.. (Really not trying to be a jerk here)
    and as I can't edit/delete.. you just get multiple posts from me looking like a moron.

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