Lesson #6: Overweight and Sleep Apnea? Two Guaranteed Cures

It’s a fact: many people who are overweight also have sleep apnea. In fact, a study at Emory University in the United States found that 98% of morbidly obese people had sleep apnea, from moderate to severe.

Many apnea experts agree that a sure-fire way to cure sleep apnea is to lose weight. But that’s easier said than done, right? Well, hang on – it might not be as hard as you think.

Two Guaranteed Ways to Lose Weight

For sleep apnea sufferers, there are 2 main ways to lose weight: through a “natural” weight loss program, and through gastric bypass surgery.

In today’s lesson, I’m going to describe a natural weight loss program that helped Jim C. lose 100 pounds in 10 months. What’s
encouraging about Jim’s case is that he did NOT find it hard to follow the diet. In fact, he enjoyed it!

In tomorrow’s lesson, I’ll tell you about the experience of Matt G., and how gastric bypass surgery allowed him to throw away his CPAP within 90 days.

Let’s get started!

Jim C. – Bedtime “Kick-starts” From His Wife

Jim C. lives in Michigan, U.S.A. and was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 1988. Before being diagnosed with sleep apnea, Jim experienced many symptoms of fatigue. He was considerably overweight and the dreaded term “morbidly obese” applied to him.

To keep himself awake, Jim drank coffee at meetings. To avoid falling asleep while driving, Jim opened his car windows wide – even during winter.

Jim was a loud snorer, and at one point his wife became aware of pauses in his breathing. While Jim was unaware of these pauses, his wife applied her own remedy, consisting of a well placed boot to the backside – which she referred to as a “kick start”! This would get Jim’s breathing going again.

Jim’s wife read about sleep apnea in a magazine with a self assessment quiz. When he took the quiz, all of Jim’s answers to
fatigue-related questions resulted in a “yes” in every box.

After discussing it with his doctor, a sleep study was scheduled for Jim at a local sleep lab.  In a few days, his doctor discussed
the sleep study with him and confirmed a severe incidence of sleep apnea.

Jim’s First Night with CPAP

With a prescription for a CPAP in hand, he visited a health appliance distributor where he was fitted for a mask and given a CPAP. Bringing it home and setting it up, Jim was anxious to try it.  Contrary to the experience of many CPAP users, Jim had no trouble falling asleep quickly.

His first full night of uninterrupted sleep left Jim in a state of euphoria. The next day at work, he was dancing and singing.

The coming weeks brought a radical change. Wide awake at work, he was more productive.  Whether natural talents or his newfound energy were to credit, the next couple years brought a series of promotions and an unsolicited new job offer with far greater responsibilities.

Throwing Away CPAP After 8 Years

Jim continued using the CPAP – but the good life was adding more to his weight than he wanted. At the suggestion of a friend, Jim learned of a popular diet. He bought the book and began a program leading to a loss of 100 plus pounds in 10 months.

Jim recalls stepping on the scales and laughing as the numbers declined.  This was due to the amount of food he continued to eat. It was meat, eggs and cheese, other protein and a lot of fat. Only dark green vegetables were allowed and sparing amounts of berries were the only fruits. Salads were encouraged to increase fiber but any kind of full fat dressing was fine.  Jim’s favorite was blue cheese, which he used generously.

Eventually, Jim stopped using his CPAP. With the weight off, every aspect of life was better (yes, including romance!). On his boat, Jim was able to fit his body into places impossible previously. Needless to say, Jim advises anyone diagnosed with sleep apnea to lose weight.

In “Cure Your Sleep Apnea Without CPAP: 9 Survivors Tell Their Story“, you can learn more about Jim’s diet, and follow his action steps to cure your own apnea. You can also learn about 6 other proven methods for curing your sleep apnea.

Take action today and download my e-book here:


To your good health,

Marc MacDonald, M.Sc.
Editor, ApneaTreatmentGuide.com

Previous Lessons:

Lesson #1: How Singing Can Cure Your Sleep Apnea

Lesson #2: Tell Your Sleep Apnea to Stick It!

Lesson #3: How a Dental Device Cured John’s Sleep Apnea

Lesson #4: How Shawn “Unclogged His Pipes”…and Cured His Sleep Apnea

Lesson #5: Didgeridoo Therapy Can Cure Your Sleep Apnea

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