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Male Weight Loss Success Story: Tom Sheds 153 Pounds By Getting Active

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I lost 153 pounds! Read my weight loss success story and see my before and after weight loss pictures at the website The Weigh We Were. Hundreds of success stories, articles and photos of weight loss diet plans for men, tips for how to lose weight for men. Build muscle and lose belly fat with healthy male weight loss transformation pics for inspiration!To change his life, Tom Larson had to change his body.


Vitals:   Tom Larson, 22,Carbondale,Illinois

Occupation:      Student

Height: 5’9″

Before:             353lbs.

After:    200lbs.

Time to Goal:    19 months


The Setback: I love my fraternity, but my weight kept me from fully enjoying its activities and the rest of my college life. When the guys played basketball or went to the beach, I stayed inside because I was too self-conscious. And I looked awful at our formals: I couldn’t find suits large enough, and my size 48 pants were ugly. I knew how it happened, too: I was athletic in high school, so I could eat a ton back then and not gain weight. But when I went to college, I kept the appetite but dropped sports—and ballooned 100 pounds in a year.

The Wake-Up Call: When my feet began hurting and I lost my breath walking up small hills, I thought, “I’m going to die if I don’t do something.” So on December 6, 2006, I grabbed a notebook and started a weight-loss journal. I wrote down my weight, what I ate that day, and the reasons I wanted to drop pounds: so I’d stop feeling like an embarrassment to my family, so I wouldn’t need seatbelt extenders on planes, so I’d prove everyone wrong. The journal helped me focus and think about losing weight every day.

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The Food: Changing my diet was easier than I expected. Once you announce your plan—which for me meant telling my frat brothers I was giving up fried foods and alcohol—people want to help. I still went to parties but drank only water and juice, and friends supported me. I began eating a lot of high-protein, low-carb foods like grilled chicken and tuna, and lots of fruits and vegetables. I consciously ate slowly so I’d notice when my body told me I was full.

The Fitness: At first I did just 15 or 20 minutes a day on the stationary bike (because at my weight, running would have killed my knees). I lifted weights, too, and carefully tracked my progress in my journal. As I improved, I took on social activities like basketball and hiking with friends—and found enormous motivation by conquering activities I hadn’t been able to pull off with my heavier body. I also found it helpful to set tangible goals for myself, so I started running the quarter mile from my dorm to my gym, aiming to one day do it nonstop. When I finally did, I felt like a champion. Now I run 2 to 3 miles every other day, and in April I completed my first half-marathon—in under 2 hours!

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The Reward: I’m the same person I’ve always been, but now I’m happier, healthier, and more social. I feel like people can now see me for who I really am, so I always want to be around them. I love shopping for clothes to wear to nice dinners, and going home for the holidays so all my relatives can gush over me. Women are noticing me more, too. I just attended my fraternity’s latest formal—and with my new body, now I can seriously bust a move.

Source: Menshealth

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