Emil Lewis stared at his 5’8”, 190-pound, 31-year-old image in the mirror. A familiar face with an unfamiliar body stared back. For the first time in his life, he was overweight and out of shape. Slow, incremental lifestyle choices had caused him to steadily gain weight, culminating in a check-up where a doctor exclaimed that he “had the lungs of a six-year-old.”
It’s a familiar story: First, a sedentary job, then a kind wife, then a bulging stomach with what men prefer to call love handles. It escalates quickly.