Male Before And After Weight Loss: Bob’s Amazing 100 Pound Weight Loss Transformation
“I lost 100 pounds, one habit at a time”.
Name: Bob Belive
Current Age: 50
Weight Lost: 100 lb
Successful Strategies: No more alcohol, a low-fat diet emphasizing portion control, strength training, tackling one problem at a time
I was sitting on the couch, Scotch in hand, watching Larry King interview celebrities about their alcohol addiction. “I’d come home every night and pour myself a drink whether I wanted it or not,” said one. I looked at the glass in my hand and thought, “That’s exactly what I do.”
That program shook me up. I knew I smoked too much, ate too much, and drank too much, but for the first time I found myself wondering, “Am I an alcoholic?” Panicked, I quit drinking cold turkey. I was so scared and determined that it was surprisingly easy. After just 3 weeks, I felt more energetic than I had in years, and I lost 15 pounds, bringing my weight down to 230. Inspired, I turned to my unhealthy eating habits next.
Out with the Fat
In my early 20s, I’d lost nearly 100 pounds thanks to a positive attitude and Weight Watchers meals. That success taught me that I could lose weight by eating the right foods in modest quantities. Unfortunately, I had long since forgotten that important lesson.
Usually, I’d skip breakfast, wolf down a huge Italian sub at lunch, and snack on chips and sodas all day. After work, I’d meet friends for a happy hour of fatty foods and beer. Then I’d head home for another cocktail, a steak dinner, and an evening of snacking on nachos in front of the TV.
Motivated by my weight loss, I began eating breakfast daily: cereal, a small banana, and fat-free milk. An apple before lunch took the edge off my noontime hunger. Then I’d eat a green salad tossed with a small chunk of cheese, and I’d be satisfied. For dinner, I replaced my usual red meat choices with half a chicken breast; instead of filling my baked potato with butter and sour cream, I used salsa. When I ate out, I’d order baked haddock rather than a steak, and I’d skip the beer and appetizers.
Up from the Sofa
The more weight I lost, the more energy I had, and the more I was able to do. Rather than spending hours snacking in front of the TV, I tackled household chores. I painted every room in the house!
After 6 months, I’d gone from a 44-inch waist to a comfortable 38. After a year, I’d lost 100 pounds and was down to 145, a healthy weight for my 5’5″ frame. But I looked like a deflated balloon.
It was time to tone up. Five sit-ups, five push-ups, and a handful of exercises with light weights were all I could manage. I added one sit-up or a few reps with the weights every other day.
In 3 months, I was up to a 30-minute regimen that included 55 sit-ups, 65 push-ups, various stretches, and a number of weight exercises such as biceps curls and triceps lifts. I really firmed up, and I could see definition in my muscles.
Off the Butts
A heart attack and triple bypass in 2001, 3 years after I had stopped drinking, showed me that there’s always room for improvement. Age, stress, and years of smoking had taken their toll on my body. I immediately quit smoking and, on the advice of my cardiologist, started walking. I began with half an hour a day. A month later, I was doing 3.5 miles in an hour every morning. I’ve kept that up every day since.
Today, I’m more active than I’ve ever been. I still watch what I eat, but I can allow myself slightly larger portions and occasional treats (ice cream, cookies, even a drink) thanks to my increased activity. Some people ask me if I crave cigarettes, junk food, or my evening cocktails. I don’t miss them any more than someone might miss biting their nails. Breaking one bad habit at a time and replacing it with a healthy one made it easier.
Alcohol Calories Add Up
Even if you’re not overindulging, alcoholic beverages can contribute a lot of empty calories to your daily intake:
12 ounces of beer is 150 calories, 5 ounces of wine is 100 calories, and 1.5 ounces of liquor is 100 calories. And the foods you eat while you’re drinking are often high in calories–a double whammy. So simply cutting back on alcohol can do wonders for your waistline like it did for Bob.
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