Male Weight Loss Transformations

Eric Vega Lost 105 Pounds

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Eric Vega Lost 105 PoundsBEFORE THE TRANSFORMATION: I used to wear very baggy clothes. I didn’t want anybody to see really what I used to look like. I was, you know, bigger on the middle so it was always sweaters or baggy shirts that were untucked, always hiding the mid-section.

THE TURNING POINT: I had always read that after your 40th birthday it’s very difficult to lose weight and very difficult to get into shape. So, this was about a year and two months away from my 40th birthday so I was still 38 years old and I said to myself, “I have to do something. I have two little kids, two little girls that are the delight of my life.” I started thinking of what if I wasn’t there to see them graduate from high school or graduate from college or get to walk them down the aisle. And that for me was a wake-up call that I needed to do something about it.

DIET TIPS: I was not weighing and measuring the food. I really wasn’t counting calories. What I was doing was starting to notice portion sizes. Like for instance, if you go to a restaurant and order a steak, maybe they’ll have the 8 ounces, the smallest steak that they have, and then they can have anything from a 16- to a 20-ounce steak. A serving of steak is 4 ounces, it’s half of the smallest steak that they serve at a restaurant, and you have to be aware of those things. That’s really where it started, was starting to limit or be more aware of what I was eating and how much of it I was eating.

GETTING MOVING: They always tell you that cardio exercise is what’s going to start lowering the fat in your body. So that’s where I started. I started on an elliptical trainer 20 minutes. My legs hurt where I didn’t know I had muscles. It was the back of my legs, the front of my legs. My calves were on fire. It was — there was a lot of ache. But I got through my second workout. And two days later, I didn’t feel quite as bad as I felt after that first night.

REWARDING MOMENTS: I love going clothes shopping now. If I’m wearing a dress shirt now, I look for the tailored fit dress shirts because that really accentuates what I’ve been able to do with my body. I wouldn’t say that I live, eat and breathe fashion right now, but I’m a little more conscious of what I wear now.

WORDS OF WISDOM: I think that the combination of diet and exercise absolutely are essential. They go hand in hand. And doing one without the other, it’s just incomplete, it’s not — you’re not getting healthy, which is more important than just losing weight.

KEYS TO MY SUCCESS: Portion control. Weight lifting. Getting informed.

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