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Driven by concern for his future, engineer rallies back with 175-pound weight loss

Marty Magby weight loss

Marty Magby was always a big kid, and later a big adult. But he was still able to play sports and was in good health, so it didn’t bother him much.

Then, in late 2015, he hit 365 pounds, the most he’d ever weighed. A few months later, his doctor prescribed blood pressure medicine for the first time.

“I said, ‘I’ve got to do something now before I get diabetes,’” the 47-year-old Wichitan says. “I saw it coming — I had to lose weight before I had health issues.”

So in February 2016, Marty signed up for the clinical diet plan at Ascension Via Christi Weight Management. The structured weight loss program is designed for rapid andeffective weight loss, using shakes, meal replacements and other HMR foods.

The results: By October, he had dropped down to 190 pounds.

Committed to the plan

For Marty, an engineer with Westar Energy, success meant approaching weight loss with an analytical mindset.

“It’s a math equation — calories in have to be less than calories out,” he says. “If I stick to that, everything will work out for me.”

Marty says his life on the road, working at electrical plants, often enabled him to eat fast food.

“The weight gain just creeps up on you,” he says.

He had some success with dieting in the past, losing around 50 pounds four or five times. But eventually, his weight loss would plateau and he would gain the weight back.

The difference this time with Ascension Via Christi Weight Management? He stuck to the plan laid out by his health educators.

“Do what they tell you to do. Commit to it,” he says. “Follow the program, and you will lose weight.”

‘Life is easier’

At home, Marty says his family — his wife, Mi Sun, his 17-year-old daughter, Mia, and his 19-year-old son, Scott — are eating fewer fried foods and more chicken, fish and vegetables. Marty has always been an avid tennis player, and now he plays two or three times a week — sometimes with Mia, who reports her dad is a lot faster on the court.

“To see him take action like this, I’m really proud of him,” Mia says. “It used to be he was easy to spot in a crowd. Now, we can be in a store together and I hardly recognize him.”

The tennis court isn’t the only place Marty recognizes a difference in his life. It’s easier to climb stairs or shimmy into small spaces at electric plants.

“Just everyday life is easier,” he says. “Even stuff around the house.”

Marty says he knows, in some ways, the tougher part of weight loss will be keeping the weight off. He wants to always stay under 200 pounds.

“I wish I had done this years ago,” he says. “I think about how much better I would have felt.”