LAYTON — What weighs 367 pounds?
A black bear. A tiger. An NFL lineman and 1,468 quarter-pound burgers — or the combined weight loss that Ed, Lori and Kyle Olson achieved by changing their lifestyle two years ago.
Ed, 48, is a pharmacist who stands on his feet all day, but was doing little as far as exercise. He had hip pain and acid reflux, and snored at night due to his weight. His mother died at the age of 50 from complications due to diabetes.
Lori, 45, is a homemaker who put everyone else in the family ahead of her own needs. The extra weight around her stomach made breathing difficult, and she couldn’t walk up and down the steps without being short of breath. Her blood pressure and cholesterol numbers were climbing at an unhealthy pace.
At 21, Kyle was always tired and felt very out of shape. Even when he sat down, he felt tired.
“Ed saw Dr. David Kessler on the Bill Maher show, promoting his book, ‘The End of Overeating,’ ” Lori said. “He ordered the book and read it and decided to make some changes in his lifestyle.”
Lori watched the changes her husband was making and decided to try it herself. Their son also decided it was time for changes in his own life.
At the beginning of their weight-loss journey, Ed weighed in at 310 pounds. Lori tipped the scales at 285 and Kyle weighed 245 pounds.
“We started eating whole grains, lean chicken and fish, lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, low sugar and drank 64 ounces of water daily,” the elder Olson said.