[SV] 270+lbs (5'8') > 167lbs in a little over a year. I believe I have 2 previous progress posts in my history, Here's the most recent. I'm 43 years old.
[NSV] Finally got health insurance and I had my first blood work in about 18 months. Every deficiency has been erased, I no longer require Metformin (meaning I am no longer pre-diabetic) and every single variable is in the normal, healthy range, including cholesterol. My cardiovascular health is exceptional for my age.
I completely ignored everyone who told me I couldn't get healthy by just counting calories. I completely ignored everyone who said artificial sweetener would make me gain weight or somehow harm me. I ignored everyone who told me I had to avoid processed food. I ignored everyone who told me I needed to eat vegetables. I ignored everyone who told me exercise doesn't help you lose weight (people actually say that!). I Ignored everyone who told me I would plateau. I ignored everyone who told me I would yo-yo. I ignored everyone who who told me my will would eventually break and I would end up even fatter than when I started. I Ignored everyone who told me I wasn't doing it right. I ignored everyone who said it was the worst kind of diet. I ignored everyone who told me that even if I lost weight, my health would be worse. I ignored people telling me I was losing too much weight or losing it too fast.
I ignored all of them, and I was right. I did it eating half a pizza for dinner 3-4 times a week. I did it with bowls overflowing with chocolate Cheerios. I've probably eaten over a thousand fudgesicles in the past year. Almost everything I eat that isn't fruit or meat was made by a machine and contains the oh-so-scary "chemicals" that everyone tells you to avoid. I didn't avoid them. I devoured them, and here I am. Apart from the damage that years of obesity has done to my knees, I am in the best health of my adult life by a mile.
I've always loved proving people wrong, and this is it. QED.