50 Pounds Lost: How a Fat Boy Changed His Life
NAME : nicholas
BEFORE WEIGHT : 200
AFTER WEIGHT : 160
POUNDS LOST : 50 lbs of fat
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was fat most of my life. I had asthma and was really lazy to move. I would eat all day without thinking of the end result. I really thought I would be fat my entire life because I had no plans of changing. It was just eat, eat and eat! I was unstoppable! At age 14, I was already at 200lbs .
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
No one respected me, not even myself. Most of the time I would be the centre of jokes, one time I was placed inside a big box for no reason, I also remember spending the whole day with coffee all over me because someone threw a cup of coffee to me. There was also one instance while walking outside that someone spitted at me then started laughing. I didn’t know that guy but it sure seemed like he planned on doing it the moment he saw me. That was my life, I didn’t even know how to fight back.
After my childhood days, I still have no confidence in me. There are times when I would ask a girl out then she wouldn’t show up even if she agreed on going out. I didn’t know what to do, it seemed like I would stay the same forever. I would still look down when walking and won’t care on how I look. I ended up hating life even more.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
There came a time when I fell in love with a girl. She was everything I wanted and all that I thought I need. I was so sure that it was her, the girl of my dreams. I remember loving every moment when I was with her, and whenever I looked at her eyes, I remember thinking that I can spend the rest of my life with her. I was in love! 3 months later she left me for a model who I can say was better than me in everything. She even sent me a picture of them kissing. It felt like a kick in the face and a punch to the stomach not only that, it really felt like I fell really hard to the floor and someone was kicking me while I was down. I was so depressed and disappointed with myself because I never really learned how to stand up for myself. I have no backbone! I don’t know how to fight for myself.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
After the heart break, I met a friend in a golf course who works in a gym, he invited me to the gym for a workout then he introduced me to my trainer. The first time I met my trainer, he asked me of my reason why I needed to go to the gym. I told him I want to have a better body, he said that it’s not a good reason. I then said I wanted his help to impress the girls, he also said it’s not a good reason. He said I should think I’m in the middle of the ocean fighting for survival and then “the only thing you can think of was to impress the girls with a better body?”, he told me I’ll drown. I then complained that I was depressed and heartbroken and he asked me “you’re fighting for survival and then you’re complaining?” He again said to me I’ll drown. We talked for an hour before I got my answer. I said that “I am sick and tired of living life like this, I don’t like people treating me like I’m some piece of trash, I’m tired of being a loser and I want change, I want to win in life and I want to prove to the world that I can change my life, I want to be the man who can stand up on his own and make a difference!” I still have that answer in my mind and that was the most important thing I have ever learned.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After the first week, I started seeing results. I even hired a nutritionist to make my results faster. It was then I Learned that exercise is not all that you need. You really need the nutrition side for your body to change. I found out that my body only responds when I tweak something in my diet. At this point in my journey I started enjoying what I was doing, and I learned to use the pain in the past as fuel in my workouts. I learned how to use all my anger and frustrations into something positive and productive. It was like I was born to do this, and I remember every set, every rep in the gym, every step on the treadmill was for my desire towards a better life and a new me! I remember saying to myself that this is not for anyone else anymore, this journey was for me, I wanted to prove to myself that I can change my life.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
The hardest part was staying consistent with my diet. The workouts are easy compared to the diet because I really love to eat. Like if there’s pizza in front of me, the first thing that comes to my mind is “1 slice won’t hurt” but I had a goal to change my body so I really had to use a lot of will power to say no. The truth is it really won’t hurt, but I have to respect my goal because I really don’t like to go back to my life in the past. Enough is enough and it’s time for a change!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
After 6 months in this new lifestyle, I lost 30 lbs. Then I as I continued my journey I lost 20 more pounds. For the next 2 years I worked on to pack some muscle and I did gain 10 lbs of muscle. So I am now muscular at 160lbs. I never thought I would look like this, after 27 years at last, I have reached my goal.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I did learn that most of the hard work should come in the mind. It was really a mind game and a test of will power. The battle has always been in the mind and to know that I can do it is really a confidence booster. Imagine the change, from a fat low esteemed guy to a symbol, an image of healthy living! Some of my friends didn’t even recognize me after the transformation. Not only that, I am now a model! Wow! A dream come through! Who would have thought that I can have six pack abs? I am loving every second of life. Many people even come to me for advice, even when I was in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan people I don’t know approach me for fitness advice. I will cherish this journey for the rest of my life, and I hope i can influence people around the world to change their lives, because if I can do it, I’m sure Anyone can!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Start. This might be the most important thing to do. It doesn’t matter if you know everything about weight loss, if you don’t have the power to start making it happen then you will never finish, it’s that simple. Don’t you worry about future obstacles that might show up when they are not yet there, worry about now, think of what you’ll do today.
- Have a weighing scale – if your goal has anything to do with your weight then your weighing scale will be your best friend. It is like the marker in the map that says “you are here” it makes you decide easier on where to go. When I was trying to lose fat, I used the weighing scale 2 times a day, upon waking and before sleep. This is to see how fast my metabolism is going. If I am always 2 lbs lighter in the morning then my goal for the day should be at 1 lb heavier at night. That way when I wake up the next morning, I’m already a pound lighter than the day before.
- Record everything and experiment. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you record everything like what you eat, your exercise routine and your weight, you will learn more about your body. In my experience, whenever i eat oatmeal or some fruits, my body becomes heavier the next day. But when I eat brown rice, the weight comes off easily. Its the same with exercise, I learned that my body responds well when I lift weights in the morning and run at night rather than running in the morning and lifting at night. So Have a notebook and a pen and write down everything about the journey, you can even come back to your notes for future reference.
- Don’t use all your weapons at once. In my experience in trying and trying to change my body through the years, this is by far the most important technique that I use. When people decide to be in a diet or to exercise for change, they immediately go to the extreme, they go for a super low carb, low fat diet. And then they will exercise for hours everyday in the gym. I find this way too extreme for beginners and it will set them to fail. What will happen is their bodies will adapt after 2 weeks then they don’t have any moves to do. For me, you should do exercise and diet gradually. If you want to diet, start with making one of your meals per day right. Then after a week make 2 of your meals per day healthy, and so on. It’s the same with exercise, start by exercising 3 times a week then make it 4, then make it more intense, it’s that simple, do it step by step. Think of it like a video game, you won’t use your secret weapon against a normal opponent; you will only use it against the boss or during the final stage
- Enjoy! It has been a very long journey. It will be hard and very painful and if you don’t enjoy it, then it’ll be hard for you to make it. There are ups and downs and I’m telling you that there are more downs than ups, but the results are worth it! Nothing more satisfying in life than reaching a goal you made using your heart. Words can’t really explain it; you have to experience it yourself. Good luck!
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