Hi! I’m Jason Atkinson, author of Live Like an Athlete and this is my story. Like a lot of people who may be reading this, I enjoyed regular workouts and thought I knew a few things about eating right but I had grown frustrated with my lack of progress and decided to finally do something about it.
In the photo on the left I weighed 254 lbs and had 33% body fat (I was clinically obese). My doctor’s office notified me that I had early signs of high blood pressure. I didn’t understand how this could be the case, since I worked out with weights regularly and ate on a schedule. (Besides my nightly indulgences of sweets my diet was pretty clean I thought).
After reading about the damaging effects of high blood pressure, I quickly decided that it was not for me. My doctor recommended losing weight to help reverse the condition but wasn’t able to provide a solid plan to follow through. Faced with an alternative of a lifetime on prescription medications I embarked on a journey to discover how to make it happen. What I learned, and what I now make available through my books, podcasts, videos, classes and coaching program is the exact opposite of what most people do when trying to get in shape.
These days I’m able to maintain a healthy body weight between 184-189 lbs (65-70 lbs below my highest weight of 254 lbs) at 16-12% body fat. (Body fat % is the main determinant of your condition, not BMI and not scale-weight alone).