Impossible To Lose Weight? Wrong. Here are 4 Patients Transforming Right Now


Losing weight, in my opinion, is the same as any other health challenge you want to tackle—it takes a shift in your day-to-day mental and physical habits over a long enough period of time (until they become second-nature) to be successful.

I want to share with you the stories of four of my patients that are proof of exactly that and who show that it’s not impossible to lose weight, no matter how hard it’s been for you so far. I hope that after reading their highly personal stories you will forget all the quick-fix approaches out there, and take a bigger picture look at weight loss as just one part of your journey to a long, healthy, and happy life.

Patient #1: Terry Gifford

“I truly feel I have learned the secret to life.”


“First of all, without a caring doctor as I have in Dr. Madsen I still would have been in the lonely world of morbid obesity. Even though I have lost 150lbs over the past 10 months, there’s still a lot of work ahead of me. The Healthy Habits program health coach that Dr. Madsen introduced me to has given me the tools I need to achieve the wildest and healthiest dreams I could have ever imagined!

I have learned how to take control of my life again. I have learned not to let food be my driving force and best friend but to use food as a fuel for enjoying life, family, and friends. For the first time for years on May 5th, 2019 I was able to walk into a normal store and shop for clothes. I'm going to be able to go on vacation this year and walk everywhere my family does and enjoy what they do without needing to sit in the car and wait for them to be done.

I'm able to sit anywhere I want without fear of the seats being too small and embarrassed about not fitting. Most of all I am enjoying the fact I get to spend a lot more time on this earth with my wife and family all because I have finally learned how to live and not die.

I truly feel I have learned the secret to life...and that secret is (drum roll!): There is no secret at all! It's right in front of us if we just look. Eat to live life, don’t live life to eat. If we just eat CLEAN, LEAN & GREEN that's all we need to do. I want to help others feel the same way I have discovered in the past 10 months.”

Patient #2 Rachel Willis:

“I no longer live to eat, I eat to live!”


”I have lost a total of 73lbs through the Optavia program. My starting weight was 235lbs and my ending weight was 162lbs. I lost a total of 59.5”, going from a size 18/20 to a 6/8; 2XL shirt to a S/M. The three main health changes I achieved were:

1) Improved relationship with food (I no longer live to eat, I eat to live!) Total mindset change for me!

2) Increased energy and ability/desire to exercise daily!

3) Improved sleep.

I love paying this gift forward through helping others find the success I have had with this program! Their health transformations motivate me and keep me accountable to my own health on a daily basis.”

Patient #3 & #4: Rodney & Nancy

Now we’re planning our days instead of just trying to get through them.”


Husband and wife team, Rodney and Nancy is a couple who chose to get healthy together (great idea!). You can see from their pictures that they look great and have much more energy now. They have each lost between 50-70lbs, have been able to stop taking blood pressure medicine, and Rodney even had to get a new driver’s license as he had changed so much!! Wow!   

“Before Dr. Madsen had what I refer to as "The Talk," Rodney was not well. We slept a lot and neither of us had any energy. We were both turning 65 that spring and we quite literally felt like we were just waiting to die. We both were just trying to make it through the day, and not much more than that. We're enjoying life again and planning our days instead of just trying to get through them. I really do feel younger than I did 10 years ago AND now my hubby plants my flowers for me instead of buying them!!”—Nancy.

Dan Madsen

Dr. Madsen is a family doctor in Chillicothe, Ohio.