Chris turned to the New Direction™ program at the FMH Center for
Diabetes and Nutrition Services to help him with his weight loss. Chris
DeGrange weighed more than 500 pounds when he started New Direction at
FMH. With additional support from Weight Loss Navigator Tammy Norris,
Chris has lost nearly 200 pounds so far.
Although eating under stress had always been an issue for Chris DeGrange,
a youthful metabolism, rigorous athletic training and a physically demanding
job helped keep his weight under control.
As he got older, his metabolism slowed and he became far more sedentary.
But he was still using food to offset the daily stressors of a demanding
management job. Movement of any kind became painful. By the age of 40,
he weighed more than 500 pounds. Constant and severe muscle cramping made
even the basic activities of daily life nearly impossible.
Had he not been bitten by a brown recluse spider in 2014, Chris is convinced
he would not be alive today. He was hospitalized for two weeks, because
the small bite on his leg would not heal due to impaired circulation.
Already diagnosed with high blood pressure and a myriad of other health
concerns, Chris discovered he was diabetic and had dangerously irregular
heart rhythms. His recovery took months.
Finally back on his feet again, Chris vowed to use this medical crisis
as a springboard to better health. He started by making some big changes
in his life to support his goals. He got a job that was a better fit for
his personality and started daily short walks. Instead of having meetings
inside with donuts and coffee, he began holding “walking meetings”
with clients at their job sites.
Chris has lost more than 200 pounds since starting the program last year.
He currently takes no medication at all and is even more motivated and
energized to take off the 100 pounds he still wants to lose.
“At 500 pounds, I felt completely hopeless,” said Chris. “I
had no idea how to even begin to take my life back. Making the decision
to contact New Direction was the first step. After that, I had everything
I needed to move forward—a plan, the products and people who were
knowledgeable and caring. I had to add my own desire to get well to the
mix, and I did. With that combination, the pounds just started coming
To learn more about the weight loss programs at the FMH Center for Diabetes
and Nutrition Services, contact Weight Loss Navigator Tammy Norris at
240-215-1474 or email@example.com. You can also learn more about our other
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