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This Valley man lost 240 pounds after switching to a plant-based diet

Weighing 518 pounds and being six-feet, four-inches tall, is no easy walk in the park. So Milan Ross decided change that. And he did it with just a plant- based, vegan diet and constant exercise—no surgeries.

If you knew Ross three years ago, you would’ve met someone who was hopeless about their health. Fast forward to now, he is the definition of hope and dedication.

“I had went from a 60-inch waist to a 40,” said Ross in tears.

He’s now shopping at stores that carry sizes he never envisioned himself to ever fitting in.

“Now that might not seem like a big deal if you shop at Old Navy and all these others stores all the time, but coming from where I was, that was like climbing a mountain,” Ross said.

In 2013, Ross decided to take his weight by the reigns after a heartfelt incident occurred with his then seven-year-old son while on a trip to Universal Studios in Florida. The only request his son asked repeatedly was that Ross ride the Harry Potter ride with him.

Ross said a person who weighs 518 pounds doesn’t look forward to riding roller coasters, but he promised his son he would.

Within seconds of getting in the line, Ross knew he wasn’t going to fit in the seat.

“It was his seventh birthday and I promised I was going to ride, in that moment I decided I was going to change me,” said Ross in tears. Ross became determined to lose weight in that moment.

The answer fell on his lap. Ross worked for Whole Foods Market at the time and decided to join a week long immersion program which the company offered to their employees.

The program focused on a plant-based diet and basically, helped their employees find healthier food options.

“At immersion, I promised myself that if I saw anything that worked I would stick to it,” Ross said.

After one week in the program, Ross saw change.

“I dropped 33 pounds and lost six inches off my waist,” he said.

Ross stuck to his promise and continued the practices from the immersion program. Within three months, he had lost a total of 70 pounds.

“I went from the blood pressure meds, high cholesterol meds, and the pain meds for the diabetic neuropathy — 15 and a half years of taking this stuff — to nothing,” Ross said.

His weight loss didn’t stop there. Ross would walk on the treadmill for 15-30 minutes every day. Six months later, Ross was now down a total of 107 pounds. He said he could barely recognize himself after losing all that weight.

He decided to share his story with whoever he could to provide hope.

It has been four years now since Ross changed his health lifestyle and he has lost over 240 pounds and more than 30 inches off his waistline.

He now weighs 200 pounds.

“The cool part about being plant-based is you don’t have to deprive yourself of anything,” Ross said. “I eat all the time. In fact, constantly, but it’s what I am eating.”

Ross looks and lives a completely different life now. He has even written a book titled “The Change. “

Ross is a gifted speaker and gives talks at various health retreats. Additionally, he has recently launched a brand-new vegan food line called “Full Flavor Vegan.”

Ross mentions how a lot of people don’t understand what it’s like to be obese — the emotional and physical aspect of it all.

“Change is a verb, but you supply the action,” Ross said about how important it is to motivate yourself.

Now, Ross lives in Phoenix and is working with the executive producer of  television show “The Biggest Loser” to create a series of how people can get back on track in their lives. 

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Weight loss: Keto diet could see dieters eat MORE food but still lose …

Discussing whether she thinks this is sensible, Prof. Johnston said: “There is mounting evidence that suggests calorie restricted, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets are effective for weight loss, and the keto diet is an extreme version of this.

“Low-carb diets can be more satiating, allowing dieters to feel full longer, eat less, and thus experience greater weight loss success.”

Speaking to medicalxpress.com, she continued: “Overwhelmingly, the most important factor in weight loss success is diet adherence. In research trials, most individuals who lose weight regain most of it within a year, regardless of which diet they were on.”

Explaining the science behind the diet, Prof. Johnston said: “When carb intake is restricted for a few days, glycogen stores in the muscle are reduced. Glycogen is responsible for water retention, so when its levels fall, so do our water levels.”

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How to lose weight without giving up alcohol

Alcohol and weight loss don’t usually mix as seamlessly as vodka and club soda but that doesn’t mean socializing and losing weight have to be worlds apart.

Health professionals like myself can rattle off tons of reasons why drinking too much alcohol can impede weight loss but I’m sure you don’t want to listen to that speech with only a few weeks left of summer. So instead, I’ll share my favorite strategy to help you strike the perfect healthy balance whether you’re at Center City Sips, a backyard barbecue or down the shore. All you have to do is ask yourself these questions:

How much of a socialite are you?
One night out is fine, even two isn’t a problem, but if you’re out more nights than you’re home, you’ve got a problem.

Whether you have client dinners, book club (aka drink wine and eat cheese night) or a date, you must make room for grocery shopping, sleep or exercise. Failing at these weekly routines makes losing weight harder than it needs to be.

Choose one of these routines — grocery shopping, sleep or exercise — and make it a priority on the week you have a packed calendar. If you know you’ll be out Sunday night, have Instacart deliver groceries so you’ll have healthy food on hand to start your week. Going on a date? Suggest meeting just for drinks and schedule it earlier in the evening so chances are you’ll be home in time for a decent night’s sleep. If you usually go to the gym in the evening but have an event after work, wake up early to get a short workout in instead of skipping it completely. For every 15 minutes of intense cardio, allow yourself one drink — but reasonably limit yourself to four.

How complicated is your drink?
Strawberry mojitos, margaritas and sangria aren’t waistline friendly. The more ingredients in a cocktail (i.e. simple syrup, triple sec, house made bitters etc.), the more calories. Plus, the additional sugar intake in these cocktails can make you hungrier. When imbibing on these drinks, your blood sugar skyrockets higher than it would from beer, wine, or a shot of liquor mixed with club soda.

So when it comes to cocktails, remember that the simpler the drink, the better. Choose something straight up and simple like wine (rose, sauvignon blanc and champagne is lighter in calories compared to a heavier red), clear liquor (over dark) or light beer.

Do you sip and snack?
What many people fail to understand is alcohol temporarily keeps your body from burning fat. Since alcohol is a toxin, your body can’t store those calories for later, in the way it does with calories from food. When you drink, your metabolic system must stop what it’s doing (burning off calories from your last meal) to get rid of the booze you’re ingesting. Basically, whatever you recently ate gets stored as fat until your drinks are metabolized. That’s why what you eat before and after happy hour is important.

Start your morning off with a combination of protein and fat (eggs with avocado or a protein shake with flaxseed and unsweetened almond milk), keep lunch lighter with protein and veggies and then be sure to have a mid-afternoon snack that includes protein, fiber and a healthy fat (Greek yogurt with berries or an apple and almond butter). This snack will help stabilize blood sugars without slowing down your metabolism pre-drinks. Post happy hour, avoid fried foods and refined carbohydrates.

Have a plan in place before you take you first sip. Research the menu at where you plan to imbibe ahead of time to scout out healthier options. My go-to snack picks for when I’m drinking are vegetable or seafood based options such as veggie and hummus platters or shrimp cocktail.

For those who drink moderately during the week, the above recommendations should help you establish a more balanced social life while still keeping you on track towards your weight loss goals.

Theresa Shank, RD, LDN, is a Philadelphia based registered dietitian and the founder of Philly Dietitian.


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Weight loss diet: Eating THIS for breakfast could help you shed fat fast

Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure, advises people eat eggs with avocado in the morning. 

He said: “Avocados are nature’s ideal fruit for weight loss. They replace sugar with appetite-curbing good fat.” 

David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, says a shake with whey protein is the way forward. 

He said: “Whey is rich in branches chain amino acids, which stimulate muscle growth. The more muscle you have, the greater the fat-burning capacity of your metabolism.” 

This Valley man lost 240 pounds after switching to a plant-based diet

Weighing 518 pounds and being six-feet, four-inches tall, is no easy walk in the park. So Milan Ross decided change that. And he did it with just a plant- based, vegan diet and constant exercise—no surgeries.

If you knew Ross three years ago, you would’ve met someone who was hopeless about their health. Fast forward to now, he is the definition of hope and dedication.

“I had went from a 60-inch waist to a 40,” said Ross in tears.

He’s now shopping at stores that carry sizes he never envisioned himself to ever fitting in.

“Now that might not seem like a big deal if you shop at Old Navy and all these others stores all the time, but coming from where I was, that was like climbing a mountain,” Ross said.

In 2013, Ross decided to take his weight by the reigns after a heartfelt incident occurred with his then seven-year-old son while on a trip to Universal Studios in Florida. The only request his son asked repeatedly was that Ross ride the Harry Potter ride with him.

Ross said a person who weighs 518 pounds doesn’t look forward to riding roller coasters, but he promised his son he would.

Within seconds of getting in the line, Ross knew he wasn’t going to fit in the seat.

“It was his seventh birthday and I promised I was going to ride, in that moment I decided I was going to change me,” said Ross in tears. Ross became determined to lose weight in that moment.

The answer fell on his lap. Ross worked for Whole Foods Market at the time and decided to join a week long immersion program which the company offered to their employees.

The program focused on a plant-based diet and basically, helped their employees find healthier food options.

“At immersion, I promised myself that if I saw anything that worked I would stick to it,” Ross said.

After one week in the program, Ross saw change.

“I dropped 33 pounds and lost six inches off my waist,” he said.

Ross stuck to his promise and continued the practices from the immersion program. Within three months, he had lost a total of 70 pounds.

“I went from the blood pressure meds, high cholesterol meds, and the pain meds for the diabetic neuropathy — 15 and a half years of taking this stuff — to nothing,” Ross said.

His weight loss didn’t stop there. Ross would walk on the treadmill for 15-30 minutes every day. Six months later, Ross was now down a total of 107 pounds. He said he could barely recognize himself after losing all that weight.

He decided to share his story with whoever he could to provide hope.

It has been four years now since Ross changed his health lifestyle and he has lost over 240 pounds and more than 30 inches off his waistline.

He now weighs 200 pounds.

“The cool part about being plant-based is you don’t have to deprive yourself of anything,” Ross said. “I eat all the time. In fact, constantly, but it’s what I am eating.”

Ross looks and lives a completely different life now. He has even written a book titled “The Change. “

Ross is a gifted speaker and gives talks at various health retreats. Additionally, he has recently launched a brand-new vegan food line called “Full Flavor Vegan.”

Ross mentions how a lot of people don’t understand what it’s like to be obese — the emotional and physical aspect of it all.

“Change is a verb, but you supply the action,” Ross said about how important it is to motivate yourself.

Now, Ross lives in Phoenix and is working with the executive producer of  television show “The Biggest Loser” to create a series of how people can get back on track in their lives. 

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