Simple steps, made easier with a partner

BY: AP PHOTO/THE JOURNAL GAZETTE, CATHIE ROWAND This undated photo shows Tony Williams and Rebecca Moore.

This couple lost a total of 255 lbs.  Williams is scheduled to appear Tuesday, April 19, 2011, on NBC-TV’s “Today” show to talk about the loss.  They mention several things similar to my experience and advice:

The engaged couple from Fort Wayne used to weigh in at 572 pounds combined. Through exercise and better eating, they managed to trim that to 317 pounds…

The weight loss campaign started in January 2009. The 5-foot-5-inch Williams went from 294 to 173 pounds.  “I was six pounds shy of weighing 300 pounds,” said Williams. “It hurt to do anything. I was just so sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

“We started small and just kept making little changes along the way,” Moore said. “But they began to add up.”

Williams and Moore say they replaced their fast food and meat-heavy diet with a lot of fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains and lean meats or seafood.  “I’ve learned to love vegetables,” Williams said. “I even eat eggplant.”

They’ve been engaged for several years and say their weight-loss success is motivating them to finally set a wedding date.

They changed what they ate, and found a partner (each other!) to help stay motivated.  And just like me, they report feeling so much better physically.




Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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