Male Weight Loss Transformations

I Knew I Had to Change – For Her and For Me

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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 | I Knew I Had to Change   For Her and For MeDropping pounds gave Mark Pinto the confidence he needed.

 

Vitals:   Mark Pinto, 31,Coral Springs,Florida

Occupation:      Mac network administrator

Height: 5’11”

Before:             253lbs.

After:    184lbs.

Time to Goal:    1 year

The Setback

After I graduated from college in 2002, I immediately wanted to set up a mature new life: I proposed to my girlfriend (successfully), scored a good job at a computer store, and bought a house. Perfect. But a few months later I lost my job. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to afford the house, so I panicked and took three part-time gigs—and was so stressed (and strapped for time) that I ate the fastest, junkiest stuff I could find. It was McDonald’s for breakfast, Chinese food for lunch, and Olive Garden for dinner. My diet was as chaotic as my life, and I ballooned past 250 pounds.

The Wake-Up Call

You can’t call off a wedding because you’re overweight, so my girlfriend and I tied the knot on schedule. Then we took a honeymoon cruise toKey WestandCozumel. It should have been one of the happiest times in my life, but instead I felt uncomfortable and sluggish. When we came home and uploaded the photos, I was shocked to see my beautiful wife standing next to an unrecognizable version of me. I had no idea how big I’d really grown. I knew I had to change—for her and for me.

The Food

My biggest challenge was saying goodbye to desserts. I really loved them. But I found I could satisfy my cravings with less-fattening fare. A fresh fruit smoothie, for example, is a great swap for strawberry cheesecake, and as long as I indulged a little, I wasn’t tempted to binge on the really bad stuff. To make sure I didn’t fall back into my old fast-food patterns, I planned my day’s meals ahead of time and included a lot of lean protein, like salmon and chicken. I also stocked up on healthy snacks—apples, raisins, and almonds—because they helped tide me over between meals.

The Fitness

When I first started working out, I would walk on the treadmill. It was easy and manageable, and I was afraid of pushing myself. But if you work out consistently, even in small ways, your energy level climbs and you can take on bigger challenges. Now I run for about half an hour, and sweat on the stair climber as well. To stave off boredom, I take my workout outside sometimes and run intervals. I also love to bicycle. I can make it through an hourlong spinning class now, and I’m still amazed every time I do it.

The Reward

By 9 months into my diet, I looked completely different and had found a new job. I hadn’t realized how low my self-confidence was before I shed the pounds; after the change, I felt eager to take on new challenges. Losing weight will do that: It teaches you to be persistent and stay motivated, and that’s knowledge that applies to every part of your life. I signed up for classes at a local college and became certified in Apple computers. That new skill—plus my newfound belief in myself—earned me a promotion at work. Now I can afford the house, and I look great next to my wife.

Source: Menshealth

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