I’m originally from SoCal – Long Beach to be exact – but went to junior high/high school and college in San Jose. From there I’ve been back and forth from SoCal to the Bay. My passion is being expressive and creative. I love hip hop and soul music. I collect massive amounts of vinyl records. I am an entrepreneur and am in business for myself.
My physical journey has been a tremendous challenge. I have been a heavy set guy most of my life. Being Pacific Islander/Mexican, it seemed like the norm for me. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005. I then found out it was hereditary and it would be a challenge to fight off. I didn’t take it serious for the next 10-12 years. In mid 2017 while still working a full time job and starting my small business, I thankfully found Enara Health through a friend of mine. I entered the VLCD program with full dedication even if it meant driving 2-3 hours from Sacramento to San Mateo for sessions. Three to six months into the program, I graduated from the VLCD program. I lost almost 67 lbs. I started at 354 and currently at 276 (almost 20% body fat). I’m no longer taking insulin, changing my diabetic medications and altering my mentality on what I eat and how my body reacts to it. I know I am a work in progress, but I do plan to reverse my diabetes within 1-2 years and lose another 20 lbs weighing even less than I did in high school, all before the age of 40!
Weight Loss progress:
Juan was able to lose 70 Lbs (20% of his weight) over 6 Month
Reduced 45% of his Hg A1C
- Hemoglobin A1c measures the percentage of your blood hemoglobin that is coated with glucose (sugar). This test reflects your average blood sugar level for the past 2-3 months.
- A level less than 5.7 is normal, and a level between 5.7 and 6.4 indicates pre-diabetes. A Hg A1c level of 6.5 percent or higher indicates Type 2 Diabetes.
Reduced his Body Fat percentage by 21%
- PBF (Body fat percentage) is the percentage of your body that is made up of fat. Everything else is usually referred to as “lean tissue.” This gives a more accurate representation of health, fitness and leanness.
Triglycerides Progress: 58%
- Fatty foods and carbohydrates that we eat are broken down into globs of fat called triglycerides.
- High levels increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage.
- Excess glucose in the blood can be used to make triglycerides, which is why people with insulin sensitivity, prediabetes, or Diabetes often also have elevated triglycerides.