Men Weight Loss Success Story: A.J. Lost 14 Pounds With Healthy Life Choices
CSI: NY’s A.J. Buckley can finally control his weight
Vitals: A.J. Buckley, 32
Time to Goal: 8 weeks
Goal: Control weight fluctuations
They serve healthy grub on the set of CSI: NY, but the coffee and doughnuts are great, too. That was a problem for me, because when I was starving and on a tight schedule, a salad looked less appealing than whatever junk would keep me going. The results showed. Like so many men, I saw my weight fluctuate constantly. (My optimum is 150 pounds, but the scale would hit 164 at times.) Unless I found a healthy way to control my weight, it would eventually balloon and my acting career would suffer.
The Wake-Up Call
I was boxing at Fortune Gym inLos Angelesa few days a week, and yet my weight wasn’t dropping. This summer, I found the connection: When I ate a lot of pasta or pizza at night, I’d feel sluggish the next day and wouldn’t push myself in the gym. Then I’d eat more. It was a cycle. So I decided to change my life completely for 8 weeks to see what would happen.
My biggest change was to my diet. Instead of eating large, carb-filled meals, I switched to six small, healthy meals throughout the day: eggs or a bowl of fruit early, and then healthy chili, a turkey burger, or fish later. And I wouldn’t keep eating until I was stuffed—I ate to sustain myself and to maintain a light postmeal feeling. It never felt like a sacrifice. Small meals are still tasty; they’re just lighter. The constant intake of healthy food kept me alert all day and eliminated the cravings that used to send me out for giant bowls of pasta.
I can’t make it to the gym every day, and I travel a lot. Before, that meant skipping workouts. But this summer I brought a weighted jump rope and a resistance band wherever I went (includingIraq) and did 10 minutes of cardio every morning. That set the tone for the day. During afternoon downtime, I’d do situps, incline pushups, and lunges. It’s easy to become a one-man mobile gym, and the consistency made me stronger.
After my first 7 days of consistent eating and working out, I had far more energy than before. If I kept it up, I realized, I wouldn’t feel tired and slow like I sometimes did at work. So I committed to it. This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. And it works only if it’s a permanent change. Now I start every day in my tennis shoes, jumping rope. My weight is in check and my body-fat percentage has dropped from 17 percent to 11 percent. I finally know what my body needs, and that’s a really good feeling.
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