When Hal Livergood came to Provision for treatment of his prostate cancer last February, he discovered he was living just two miles from the only proton therapy center in the Southeast. He was impressed by the brand new facility—“like coming into a resort,” he says. His doctor and personal research told him protons were the best treatment option for his disease.
There was just one problem.
“Dr. Fagundes said, ‘You need to lose weight,’” Livergood says, of Provision Center for Proton Therapy’s medical director, Marcio Fagundes. Otherwise, treatment would not be an option.
At 455 pounds and faced with a life-threatening disease, he wasted no time.
He met with nutritionist Casey Coffey at Provision Health and Performance, adopted a clean, real, whole foods diet and began exercising two hours a day—cardio in his home pool spa plus a strengthening regime.
“I lost 50 pounds in just a few months,” Livergood says. By the time he was ready to start proton therapy, he had lost 90 pounds in all. His edema disappeared. He felt better. “Between Casey and Dr. Fagundes, they’re saving my life in more ways than one,” he says.
Livergood worked with Peer on developing a workable diet that reduced carbs and focused more on proteins and whole, unprocessed foods.
“I had lost thousands of pounds over my lifetime,” Livergood says, with diets ranging from liquid to fat free. But after learning about the chemical reactions of the food in the body, necessary balance between protein, carbohydrates and fat he made changes for the long-term. And he says he doesn’t even want the junk food he once ate on a regular basis.
“’If it’s killing me,’ I think, ‘I don’t want to eat it,’” Livergood says.
Support at home has also been crucial, and Livergood’s wife, Nancy Lee, has been there every step of the way—losing 18 pounds in the process herself.
While he was in treatment at Provision for his prostate cancer, Livergood had to adhere to a low-fiber regimen required for prostate cancer treatment that involves patients to cutting out legumes and whole grains and reducing dairy consumption.
Now that he’s done, however, he’s been able to tackle the weight loss anew.
“I’ve got another 120 pounds at least to lose,” he says. “I’ve got to stay on the program.”
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