‘If I can do it, anybody can’


Like many struggling to shed some pounds, Missourian Jeff Brinker has tried each fad eating regimen beneath the solar.

At his heaviest, Brinker, who travels continuously for his gross sales job and has “lived on expense accounts” for many years, weighed about 540 kilos. Coupled together with his different former enterprise — a catering firm that additionally competed in BBQ contests — Brinker mentioned it grew to become “very easy to eat an excessive amount of.”


Picture: Jeff Brinker to FOX Tv Stations

“I didn’t wish to come to phrases with why I ate the way in which I did, why I had an unhealthy life-style,” Brinker mentioned in an interview with FOX TV Stations.

In 2016, Brinker had weight reduction surgical procedure and noticed some success — he misplaced about 100 kilos — however he “fell again into outdated habits” fairly shortly.

“I by no means addressed the problem between the years of what I used to be imagined to be consuming,” he mentioned.


Picture: Jeff Brinker to FOX Tv Stations

Brinker’s kids, each within the Air Drive and “very match,” had pleaded with him to shed some pounds for years. He had began to “whittle it down just a little,” he mentioned, however it was a visit to his physician’s workplace in September 2021 that fueled his unbelievable weight reduction journey.

“He requested if I needed to be on diabetes treatment, then began rattling off a listing of different drugs. I mentioned no,” Brinker recalled. “I got here out of physician’s workplace and haven’t had sweets since, haven’t had a beer since.”

Brinker instantly diminished his calorie consumption to 1,200 a day, however he now says that most likely wasn’t sufficient meals.

“I most likely crash dieted for the primary 4 or 5 months,” he mentioned. “Now I eat 1600-1800 energy a day, however I’m burning that a lot on the health club.”


Picture: Jeff Brinker to FOX Tv Stations

Not lengthy after he left the physician’s workplace, he downloaded an app to trace his meals consumption and measure simply how a lot he’d been consuming earlier than he stop “consuming rubbish” chilly turkey.

“I used to be just a little astounded. I used to be form of bury the top within the sand previous to that,” Brinker mentioned. “I’m like, there’s no method I’m consuming that a lot, and I used to be.”

Brinker spends 90 minutes on the health club daily and doesn’t hold any sweets in the home. Since September 2021, Brinker has misplaced an astonishing 156 kilos.


Picture: Jeff Brinker to FOX Tv Stations

At 57 years outdated, Brinker feels higher than he has in 30 years. He’d prefer to lose one other 30 kilos, however “when it occurs, it occurs.”

“For no matter purpose, late in life I made a decision to get my thoughts proper, and the physique adopted,” he mentioned.  “I’d like to say it was exhausting and troublesome however it actually wasn’t. I knew I needed to do it.”

Requested if he has any recommendation for others making an attempt to shed some pounds, Brinker mentioned “it’s a must to personal it.”

“For me it was acceptance. I didn’t understand how overweight I used to be,” he defined. “All of us stroll by the mirror daily. If you achieve weight you do it incrementally. And you actually don’t see it till it’s uncomfortable on an airplane seat.


Picture: Jeff Brinker to FOX Tv Stations

“I contend that if I can do it, being obese most of my life, anyone can do it,” he continued. “It’s important to settle for the place you might be and you’ll’t have the issues that you really want. What do I must survive and be wholesome versus what’s on the market. It’s important to say no.”