IDM Success Story – Robert

Dr. Jason Fung: I wanted to share Robert’s success story this week to illustrate the power of diet in our modern world. We are trained to believe that any powerful medicine must cost several thousands of dollars, but the best of medicines may in fact be free as we see all the time in the Intensive Dietary Management program (www.IDMprogram.com). Here’s Robert’s story.

Robert: I was asked to post my story again so it could be shared. I’m a comic. I say that early so you know going forward that if you have no sense of humor about death and weight loss you may want to keep scrolling. I have tried very hard to find the picture of me after I died of a heart attack in March 2011. It has vanished, almost like I did. I was very lucky to have a second chance due to some quick thinking (a bottle of nitro I had saved from a chemical stress test 8 months earlier) and a bit of a miracle.

The first photo was 2 years later as my health continued to decline. I almost had my ticket punched again with a lovely bout of blood clots. Pulmonary embolisms were a constant threat and after another close call a couple years later I was told to “get my affairs in order” there was nothing they could do. At this point I had tried EVERY diet they gave me, every pill they could think of and nothing helped, worked or was sustainable. I gave up. I went on a farewell tour to Europe to meet my best friend and her family and to say goodbye. Before I left The Netherlands, she made me promise to try and come back and sing at her wedding ( I didn’t tell anyone about my prognosis) I promised her I would do everything I could to make it. Those are my “before pictures” (how about that classy “behind shot” from the London Eye… your welcome).

I had heard about #NSNG (No Sugar, No Grain) on the Adam Carolla show from Vinnie Tortorich and the concept of LCHF in my condition sounded like an insane idea but, I literally had nothing to lose so I jumped in September 2016. I dropped the first 60 pounds sitting in a bed or a chair. I started limping up and down the driveway, then counting houses, then miles. That first year I dropped about 100 pounds. The next year I went back to The Netherlands and sang at my best friends wedding. I felt better than I had since I was very young and wanted to do more but I had hit the dreaded plateau and had a lot of “flaps”. I had hangers 7 inches long in some places. It was very gross and surgery was not an option.

Vinnie Tortorich had Dr Jason Fung on his show and I thought “here we go again” Time to try more crazy stuff. I began with Intermittent Fasting by accident. I was fat adapted and started getting busy forgot to eat for 2 days and didn’t feel hungry at all. My first intentional fast was 3 days. It was hard. I still kept going thanks to the support of the Facebook group. I then moved on to EF’s 4,5,6,7 day fasts. I watched with glee as those disgusting flaps started to disappear. I finally got clearance from my Dr’s to start working out (all I had been able to do was walk… a lot). Once I got into the gym I slowly got more “fit” and the “skin flaps” completely disappeared. I wrote this long winded dissertation for 3 reasons.


1. THIS WORKS! For some it’s easy (wish I was one of them and if that’s you just keep it to yourself) for the rest of us fasting is a muscle that needs work. Sometimes that work can seem hard. Did I mention, THIS WORKS!!! Don’t give up.

2. Everyone is different. Not all fasting protocols work the same for everyone. I caution against expecting the exact same results as others show in their posts. The key for me was to try new ones without putting more pressure on myself.

3. SUPPORT was crucial. I never would have pulled this off without the posts, advice, comments and down right love shown by the people in this community. From the bottom of my now perfectly working heart, Thank You for being there and making my new life possible. I started this journey at around 400 pounds. Now 200 pounds lighter, every day I draw breath is another victory. If you’re still reading this I’m impressed. I workout 5-6 days a week (always fasted) and have a new fitness photo shoot next month. My hope is to pay it forward. Best of luck to you all. The future looks awesome!

Dr Jason Fung: I’m still amazed at how great Robert looks. It’s an incredible transformation. I love this story for several reasons. First, you are never too old or too sick to start getting healthy. If weight is one of your big issues, then low carbohydrate diets and fasting may be a significant help to you. In the IDM program we’ve treated people up to 80 years old and many are sick with type 2 diabetes along with a host of its complications. It requires some medical supervision to implement an intensive dietary regimen, but it can still be done successfully.

Second, the point about support is very important. Everything is easier when you do it with a supportive group. On Facebook, we have a free support group for fasting – The Obesity Code Network. There’s also lots of free information and videos under the Resources section of the IDM website. If you like, there are also some aids for fasting that you can buy. The Fasting Tea line by Pique was sold out for a while, but I’ve been told that they have been restocked, so that’s also available.

Third, the point about excess skin is very interesting. I have no proof other than anecdotes, but many people have found that fasting helps their loose skin. Remember that skin is not fat, it is protein. During fasting, there is a period of time where protein is being catabolized (broken down) to burn for energy. This is not a bad thing. In this case, it is very good. Obese individuals have an estimated 20-50% more protein than lean people. This is all extra tissue that needs to be removed. In the IDM program, we’ve had people lose hundreds of pounds, just like Robert, and we’ve never referred anybody for skin removal surgery.

Fantastic work, Robert. You are an inspiration to all of us.

2018-10-24T09:37:27+00:0013 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Patti A Johnson
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AMAZING & SOOOO VERY INSPIRING…especially the part about the loose skin healing!! YAY!!! LURVED THIS!!! 🙂 <3

Francisco
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Francisco

Incredible.

Robert Stanton
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Dr. Fung, Thank you for sharing my story. I told a friend when you contacted me “It’s like getting a letter from the REAL Santa Clause”. I will be forever thankful for the gift you gave me. I plan be out there on the front lines tying to help others get their lives back. You’re an inspiration to people all over the world. Thank you again.

Becky Hobson
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Becky Hobson

Robert, amazing work bud!! I’m just starting on my journey to regain my health and fitness. I don’t think you can know how much you (and others on the FB group) have inspired me.

Rachel James
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Rachel James

Roberts story is OMG… Mind blowing, especially the insight into losing loose skin with dry fasting…. Amazing…. Thanks to Robert and J Dung for making the effort to share this story…. You are both saving lives and spreading your love.😘

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rf121

Loose skin loss was with fasting. I have read losts of Dr. Fung’s stuff and I do not recall any mention or promotion of dry fasting. Dry fasting is dangerous and unneccessary. When fasting you need to drink when thirsty.

Christine Janos
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Christine Janos

There is nothing in that story about dry fasting! Where did you read that?

Delores
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Delores

What an amazing transformation!!!! So happy for you Robert 🙂 Talk about getting your life back….literally!

Anet
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Anet

Good story. But slightly disappointed at the blatant advertising of the Pique tea (a tea endorsed by Dr Fung). And it’s SO pricey!

Kris
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Kris

I’m wondering… how old is Robert — or was he— when this after picture was taken?

Johanna Merimetso
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Johanna Merimetso

Oh wow ! How inspirational !! Stories like Yours, Robert, gives me strenght to go on with my project (got over 100 pounds to loose and diabetes 2 knocking at the door). I’m 46 years old mother of twins (they turn 8 years next christmas).Thanks Robert. And thanks to Dr. Jason Fung too. I’m Diet Doctor member and watched several times Your videos about Fasting. You both inspire me!

SUZANNE SOULIE
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SUZANNE SOULIE

Are you a hero when you save your own life? I think so! Of course you were given a roadmap and support thanks to Vinnie Tortorich, Dr. Fung and the community, but actually doing what it must have taken to get from that picture in the hospital to that man I see? You rock inspiration!

Michael Gessner
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Michael Gessner

Excellent effort and results. The discussion about the extra skin is interesting and useful for many people.
Your testimony will serve others.