• Through years of unhealthy eating habits, Glen Shultz's weight rose to over 250 pounds.
• After hiring a nutritionist, Shultz made a series of simple nutritional changes based on two-week challenges.
• The result was a dramatic weight loss of 50 pounds, which caused Shultz to get fit and reveal six-pack abdominal muscles.
Not long after he was 56, Glen Shultz was overweight and faced a probable pre-diabetes diagnosis. He could not keep up with his teenagers, could not make contacts as he used to, and not move as he wished. He knew that the time for a change was long overdue. "In the past, many obstacles derailed me," he says. "I've never really stuck to a long-term vision."
Shultz's weight had steadily increased over the years, making it difficult to notice. Some of the usual culprits were guilty: he did not eat well enough and did not stay active ̵
In addition to everything else, Shultz was assigned to look after his parents – a process that forced him to deal with some hard truths. "I had some dark moments with my parents," he says. One day, when he was visiting a possible retirement home with his mother and father, he was struck by how different people were in their old age. "It's a very sobering experience to see the difference between people who move and people who do not move," he says.
Shortly after this visit to a retirement home, Shultz made an overdue medical appointment, during which he promptly received the diagnosis-diabetes. "The conversation with my doctor was the cherry on top," he says. With the diagnosis in mind, Shultz made a second appointment – this time with a nutrition expert from Precision Nutrition, an online consultancy that helps trainers eat healthier and safely lose weight.
The program required a one-year commitment, and when Shultz signed up, he joined a thriving community of about 300 other people across the country who were also trying to lose weight and get back into shape. Working with a nutrition and health trainer, Scott Quick, Shultz quickly identified some of the biggest obstacles to losing weight. Quick also worked with Shultz to develop a series of two-week challenges – small things like "drinking more water" and "time for meal preparation" that helped him develop healthier habits.
His training also required a slow transition: Shultz, a one-time avid oarsman, began again with the crew of his ship. He combined these water sessions with Cycling to Work . Then he undertook longer walks on the weekends with his wife and two boys. He also started shooting tires with his kids. "It sounds easy, but these little challenges were a real revelation to me," he says.
As a result, Shultz developed a new appreciation for serving sizes and a better understanding of nutritional labeling. He quickly started to see results – and not just on the scale, even though he was steadily losing about five pounds a month. He also saw it in his habits, his desire, and his sense of self. "I'm more lonely, but the group [aspect] got me to do more," he says. "Lazyimage lazyload" data-src = "https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3. amazonaws.com/images/mh-weightloss-7-29-social-1564411652.png?resize=480: * "/>