Testimonial: Bob Peterson

I have spent much of my early adult life being physically active in sports. I would play flag football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in late spring and summer.

There were times then when I might have put on a little extra weight (5-10 pounds), but I was generally able to lose it somewhat quickly.

However, when I turned 50, my metabolism began to slow. I was not nearly as active as I no longer played flag football and softball, but I did continue to play in a men’s 50 and older league into my 60’s.

During that time, I did try several “fad diets.” I tried the low-carb diet. I did the “fast metabolism diet” and actually lost about 10-15 pounds rather quickly. But with whatever I tried, I found my weight yo-yoing up and down. It was difficult to maintain and sustain the weight I had lost.

Before Nutrition therapy

Bob before he worked with Nutegra.

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (a-fib)—a condition where my heart would be beating irregularly that causing the heart to beat too quickly. Where a normal pulse is 72 beats per minute, mine was 144 and higher. Fortunately, this was caught very early and I was able to control the pulse with medications.

This whole process began about the time the COVID-19 pandemic started. My cardiologist wanted me to go into the hospital for an ablation procedure, but with the pandemic at its peak, there was no way I was getting anywhere near a hospital.

While my pulse was being controlled medically with medications, I began to notice I was slowly putting on additional weight. I tried a number of exercises where I would try to walk quickly on a treadmill or even jog outdoors, but the medications would not allow my heart to beat much faster and I became rather dizzy.

About 18 months after being diagnosed with a-fib, I did go into the hospital for the ablation procedure. As I was told, it did take me about 10-11 months for my body to adjust. I slowly started feeling better each and every week. However, my weight still stayed at ~245 pounds. I am 6’ 3” tall, so the extra weight was slightly noticeable, but I still felt sluggish.

It was about this time I met Chrisanna Wright. She is a registered dietitian (RD), a licensed dietitian (LD), and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). What I learned right away is her program is not a diet or a fad program. Her program was more of a “life-changing” program which was based on limiting portions of food you eat along with a strong emphasis on eating fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. The other part was to eliminate processed foods from my diet as well as snacks and sweets.

I have been doing this program for about 7-8 months and have lost about 30 pounds. Yes, my weight yo-yoed at times, but what I have found is the habits have taken hold and this is my new lifestyle now and the amount of yo-yoing I do with my weight has been reduced.

I eliminated fast foods, chips, soft drinks, cheeses, desserts, snacks and processed foods in my diet. When I first reduced my portions, I struggled with being hungry all the. Now when I eat the “reduced” portions, I feel full. When my wife and I go out to eat, rather than eat my meal completely as I had always done, I now eat about half of the serving and take the other half home for another meal. My body has adjusted to this being the “new normal.”

After Nutrition therapy

Bob looking healthier after his work with Nutegra.

In addition, I now go to the gym 5-6 times a week and do weights on the machines (upper body one day/lower body the next) as well as 3-4 times a week I walk a mile or more on the treadmill.

I now look into the mirror at myself and I ask “Who is that guy over there?”

Chrisanna’s program is a lifestyle change—not a diet or a quick fix.

If you are looking for a quick fix—forget it. What I have found that has worked for me is a lifestyle change.

Bob Peterson
Punta Gorda, Florida