Elias started his battle with weight after he left the army. Diet after diet failed because of his cravings. He found The Harcombe Diet in 2013, when he was at his heaviest, had medical problems and depression. Two years on, he is a different man and loving life again.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am Elias Sofronas, a 40 year-old IT systems engineer living in the wonderful city of Athens with my wife and two lovely children.
My story begins when I was 20 years old. I had just left the army, but then found I had an even bigger battle with my weight. Over the next decade or so, I was gaining and losing weight. Back in 2004, the scales were up around 94 kg (nearly 15 stone). That was my biggest up until then, but I managed to get myself back down to 76 kg (just under 12 stone).
Then my weight crept up again. With any diet I tried, I had the same problem: cravings. I could never beat them, so I would lose a small amount of weight, get frustrated, give up to my cravings, and put the weight back on.
I had neck problems, depression and was on medication for high blood pressure. And with mainly desk-based job, my health just got worse. All of a sudden, it was early 2013 and I was 107 kg (just under 17 stone).
What was the final straw to taking control?
I just looked at my worsening health and decided that I had to take control. I looked awful in photos, felt awful, and new things had to change.
How and when did you find out us?
I needed a diet that would help me beat the cravings, and that’s when I read about The Harcombe Diet on a Greek website.
I particularly liked the approach to beat cravings, so headed over to the diet website and started reading the posts from all you wonderful forum members!
I was hooked, so bought ‘The Harcombe for Men’, and made a start. It was May 2013. By August, I’d lost almost 10 kg.
I’m now down to 86.5 kg (just over 13.5 stone) and will soon reach my natural weight of 80kg. I know that once I get there, I will stay there for the rest of my life.
What has been the biggest benefit to you of getting to your current weight?
I have so much more energy, and my blood pressure is well under control (no more medication!). I also walk for an hour at least three times a week.
I’m also feeling far more productive at work, and my psychology has improved in leaps and bounds.
Friends comment about how much better I look, and can’t believe me when I tell them all about real food, my complete lack of cravings, and fat being your friend. They look at me in a strange way, and tell me that it is impossible, but the facts speak for themselves!
Do you have any advice to our readers?
Just a few, really:
1. Follow the rules.
2. Be patient – even when you have periods of not losing weight.
3. Become a club member and visit the forum; there is such a lot of information there.
4. If you have any questions, ASK! The club members are really amazing.
5. At the supermarket, check all the food ingredients, as you may not believe what it is inside!