Peter loses weight efficiently but not fast enough
Peter loses about a pound per day after a two-year battle with diabetes.
His weight loss is now more than a quarter of what he weighed when he was diagnosed in 2003.
“I’m still a big man but I’m in better shape now than I was then,” he said.
“There’s no way I could lose so much weight and still keep my health so good.”
He lost a lot of weight for the last couple of years but the disease has not gone away.
“At the beginning I was getting pretty sick.
I could hardly walk,” he says.
“But then I started to lose weight.
I was really tired, so I decided to do some exercise.
I started running at night and it helped a lot.
I have no appetite now and I’m getting quite tired.”
He is also getting into the gym and exercising regularly.
But he says he is not a regular exerciser.
“The only time I’ve been a regular exercise is in the winter when it’s too cold and I have to go outside.
I’m not a marathoner, but I can do the 5km race on the weekend.”
His weight is a big concern for some patients.
The disease causes weight loss but Peter is not concerned.
He says the weight loss will be gradual, he is trying to lose 10 to 20 kilograms in a year.
Peter says his diet is “just right” for him, although he admits he sometimes misses his favourite foods.
“You want to make sure that you don’t get sick and you don,t get fat.
But I am a pretty healthy guy.
I don’t have any heart or liver issues,” he added.
“If I had any heart issues I would go to hospital.
I can’t really get diabetes, but if I got diabetes I wouldn’t have the same weight loss.”
But his weight loss does not mean he is losing the pounds.
He is still carrying about 25 kilograms of body fat, which he will need to lose.
“Sometimes I do feel quite tired and I think that’s the reason why I’m still so thin,” he admitted.
“When you look at the picture of me and my family, we have three children.
I feel very good about myself.
It’s just a bit of a problem.”
What about the media?
Peter says he has not been attacked by the media, despite the amount of attention he receives on social media.
“People will say that I have been in a fight, but that’s not the case.
I’ve not been called a murderer, a murderer and a murderer.
I haven’t been accused of any of those things.
I think it’s ridiculous because I don´t see how you can be a normal person, and all of a sudden you are labelled a murderer.” “
It’s all a bit ridiculous.
I think it’s ridiculous because I don´t see how you can be a normal person, and all of a sudden you are labelled a murderer.”
Peter has a job as a mechanic in a factory, which makes cars.
He said he has to be careful not to attract too much attention, even if it is for a few hours a day.
“My job is a very small part of my life.
It doesn’t affect me at all,” he explained.
“All my work is related to the health of the factory.
I keep the factory clean, it’s important.
I like to see the cars go around.
I love to be involved in the community and I want to give back.”
Peter says it is difficult to lose the weight, but he says the best way is to work out.
“To lose weight you need to do what the doctors say, you need a good workout,” he explains.
“What they tell you to do is to do a good job.
And to lose body fat you need some type of activity.”
Peter is also not going to sit in a chair and eat a lot but he admits that if he could eat anything, it would be a cup of coffee.
“Maybe a few chocolate chips or something,” he admits.
“Even if it’s chocolate chips, it is very healthy.”
He hopes that by speaking out he will encourage others to follow his example and lose weight, especially when it comes to diabetes.
“Everybody wants to get fat and it’s not a good thing to do,” he told Reuters.
“No one wants to be in a wheelchair and eat chocolate chips.”
Peter said he hoped that others who are diagnosed with the disease will not be deterred by the stigma attached to the condition.
“They’ll be able to change, they’ll be motivated,” he hopes.