This Overweight Doctor Lost 125 Pounds, And His New Look Totally Transformed His Life

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Dr. Kevin Gendreau spent his days diagnosing others, but his own weight was causing him health problems, too. So, he decided to make a few changes that helped him whittle away a whopping 125 pounds to change his look – and his life.

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Like many first-year college students, Gendreau headed to university and quickly gained weight. But his 50-pound gain was much more than the so-called Freshman 15. Indeed, as the physician told the Today show in July 2018, he binge-ate as an outlet for his stress.

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Then, tragedy struck. Gendreau lost his father to a rare skin cancer, which pushed the doctor-to-be to rely on food as a comfort. When his studies took him the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, his weight-gain continued.

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Reflecting on the weight gain, Gendreau said that he never dealt with any of the issues that led him to it. “It was a pretty slow onset. I went on to medical school never solving the depression and eating problems that came from my father’s passing.”

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By the time he was 28 years old, Gendreau had reached 300 pounds. Moreover, due to his growing size, he faced a litany of other health issues. These included diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. In addition, he also suffered from high cholesterol and fatty liver disease.

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However, it would take another familial hardship to make the doctor-to-be realize the damage he was doing to his own health. In 2016, Gendreau’s 32-year-old sister Rachel – a mother of two – found out she had a fast-growing form of ovarian cancer.

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That discovery changed Gendreau’s outlook right away, he told People magazine. “When my sister was diagnosed, I decided to change my life. For me, being obese was a choice. How could I literally eat myself to death while my poor sister was fighting for her life?” he said.

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Suddenly, Gendreau found himself actually able to concentrate on weight loss, something he’d never been able to do before. “Once I made the black-and-white decision to stop being unhealthy, everything else just fell into place,” the physician said.

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Gendreau kicked off his health-centric journey in August of 2016, allotting himself 1,700 calories every day. In addition he began tracking everything he ate in a smart-phone app. And he also completely removed processed carbohydrates from his diet around the same time.

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Gendreau dropped 40 pounds – he said the weight simply “melted off” at this stage in his journey. But, as his efforts improved, Rachel’s health unfortunately deteriorated. However, that fact further fueled his efforts to slim down, for one very important reason.

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“As my sister’s condition worsened, I became more motivated than ever to eat healthily because I knew my niece [Sophia, seven] and [three-year-old] nephew [Henry], would need me to be at my best,” Gendreau admitted.

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Sadly, in June of 2017, the Gendreau family lost Rachel. At that point, the doctor-to-be re-evaluated his weight-loss efforts and began following a more stringent plan that centered on whole foods.

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Gendreau stuck to foods like non-fat Greek yogurt, eggs, chicken, olive oil, nuts, fish and vegetables in order to shed the rest of his excess weight. “If it’s not on that list, I don’t eat it,” he told People magazine.

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Gendreau had revolutionized his way of eating for the second time, and couldn’t believe how efficient this second round was. “It’s astonishing to see how quickly and permanently you can lose weight with a whole food diet like this,” he said.

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But Gendreau needed one final push to reach his goal weight. That was when he decided to try intermittent fasting, also known as the 16:8 plan. This plan dictates when a person eats, rather than what they consume.

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For Gendreau, that meant only eating between noon and eight o’clock in the evening and eating nothing for the other 16 hours of the day. However, outside of his food-eating window, he allowed himself plenty of water, black coffee and black tea.

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“Intermittent fasting works because it helps naturally decrease your daily calorie consumption while improving your insulin sensitivity,” Gendreau explained to People magazine in 2018. Indeed, his 16-hour fasts helped him drop his final 50 pounds, thus achieving his stunning 125-pound weight-loss.

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Now living in Massachusetts and practicing as a primary care physician, Gendreau has used his own experience with weight-loss as a reference while on the job. “Intermittent fasting has been life-changing for many of my pre-diabetic and diabetic patients,” he reported.

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Of course, the doctor also recommended that anyone who heard his story do their research before embarking on a similar weight-loss plan. “Intermittent fasting is safe for most people, but not everyone. You should definitely talk to your own doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan,” he advised.

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After his incredible weight loss, Gendreau no longer suffered from the health problems that plagued him previously. On top of that, he told the Today show that he has never felt the way that he does now. “I had no idea I was as mentally strong as I am,” he said.

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