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Welcome to markdonnelly.ca !

DONE! I reached my goal!

I lost HALF MY BODY WEIGHT: 370 lbs to 185 lbs in less than two years!

HOWEVER, for those of you who have struggled with weight loss, you know that losing the weight is only half the battle; the other half is keeping it off. Having yo-yoed around my goal weight for the best part of a year now (both gaining some back AND losing too much), I decided I needed some assistance. I chose to work with Dr. Allana Polo. With both knowledge and experience, Dr. Polo has helped over 1500 patients solve their weight loss challenges by using Dr. Simeons' Protocol. After two months with Dr. Polo, I not only lost the weight I had gained back, but have received (and continue to receive) sound information and advice on how to approach my new lifestyle and maintain a thinner me. See how Dr. Polo can help you reach your health and vitality goals by visiting poundaday.ca!

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HOW DID YOU LOSE ALL THAT WEIGHT?!


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SOME OF THE MEDIA HAVE NOT LET MARK TELL THE WHOLE STORY, AND TRIED TO USE HIM TO FURTHER A VERY NEGATIVE VIEW ON HOW HE ACHIEVED HIS RE-MARK-ABLE GOAL. CHECK BACK TO FIND OUT WHERE AND WHEN MARK WILL BE MAKING A PRESENTATION ON HIS WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY!
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This is not a question that can be answered briefly with any completeness. I have felt uncomfortable explaining in a few words how I have lost over 170 lbs, not wanting to mislead people or compel them to do something unhealthy. However, because I am in the public eye, and my weight-loss has garnered attention from the media, speculation and misrepresentation may arise as to how I achieved my objective. (UPDATE: Yep! That's what happened!) Therefore, here is a brief account of THE major factor in my transformation.

Even though I have been athletic (more or less) since junior high school, I have struggled with obesity for most of my life. Through moderately stringent dieting and extensive exercise, I had managed in the past to yo-yo between being fit and being fat. Then the 40's hit, and fit was a permanent thing of the past. Exercise would only slow the weight gain. Gradually I packed on the fat and reached 370 lbs! Diets were ineffective, and exercise only replaced a very small amount of the fat with muscle. I was at wit's end and was developing multiple health problems. Now we come to the part about which everyone wants to know. How did I reverse this?

My wife, Catherine, while looking for a book on another health issue, found a weight lose book which had at its core a diet protocol that has been around since the 1950's. This diet is based on the clinical experience of Dr. A. T. W. Simeons, a British physician practicing in Rome, and is outlined in his paper Pounds and Inches:
A New Approach to Obesity.

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(THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL DIET. MANY DOCTORS DO NOT BELIEVE IT HAS ANY MERIT. WHAT FOLLOWS IS SIMPLY THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE DIET, NOT THE COMPLETE DIET. I AM NOT ADVOCATING THIS DIET FOR ANYONE. I AM SIMPLY LETTING PEOPLE KNOW WHAT I DID. IF YOU WISH TO RESEARCH DR. SIMEONS' DIET AND EMBARK ON IT YOURSELF, IT IS COMPLETELY YOUR CHOICE. I NEITHER ENCOURAGE NOR DISCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO.)

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According to Dr. Simeons, one of the features of the hormone human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) is that it helps metabolize fat rather than muscle in pregnant women. He surmised that, if one receives daily an injection of a small dose of hCG and ate a very low calorie diet (500 calories/day), he would lose weight, mostly fat. At his practice, he found that patients would lose weight at a rate of just less than one pound to about a pound and a half a day for about four to six weeks. They then would go into a maintenance period for six weeks or more. If more weight loss was needed, another six week course of injections would be administered. Since everything I had tried up to this point had not worked, I thought I would give it a shot (no pun intended). What did I have to lose (again, no pun intended)? I was jeopardizing my health by weighing twice what I should.

My first injection was on August 2, 2010. In the first 30 days I lost 45 lbs.
On February 19, 2012, I completed my fifth course of injections. I had lost 173 lbs in 18 months and 18 days, and weighed 197 lbs. Factoring in the maintenance periods, that is an average weight loss of about 9.25 lbs/month, which by most standards is very modest. What is amazing to most is the consistency. However, if you listen to some medical and nutrition experts, they would say that I have done something “irresponsible' and “hazardous” (vid. Vancouver Sun article).  

It has not been without its trials and challenges.
A few months before my first injection I developed a heart arrhythmia which severely hampered my activity level. I got a cellulitis infection in Oklahoma during my first course. A kidney stone (9mm in diameter!) which had been developing for a few years decided to make its presence felt (understatement) and had to be removed about a month after I completed my first round. My dear sister, Maureen, died during my third course of injections. There have been plenty of excuses to stop. But, with nine children and a devoted wife, I had more reasons to continue.

As I said earlier, this is a brief description of the main feature of my weight lose program. There are other dietary strategies I had to implement, body type research to be done, revamping of my exercise regime (mostly the addition of kettlebells and getting rid of what wasn't helping me maintain my weight), and combating my interior doubt and the external negativity of the experts (self-proclaimed and otherwise) who insist there is no merit to this diet.

For now, I hope this satisfies the curious. There is much more to my Re-MARK-Able story of fat to fit than the hCG diet. For those of you who are longing for a way out of obesity and ready to change your lives, I hope to make a fuller and more helpful presentation soon.

God bless you all!

Mark Donnelly
"Mr. O Canada"
 

 
 

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