How Michael Lost 300lbs and Become a Personal Trainer
I came across Michael’s transformation story on another website and, once I did, I knew I wanted to share his story with you guys.
Michael blew me away with not only his promptness to my emails (always a good start!) but his transparency and vulnerability when answering our questions.
I personally learned a lot from him and I know you will too.
Why did you decide to transform your body?
I simply got tired of being fat, got tired of the stares from people, the mocking gestures when I’d walk into a restaurant, the fingers being pointed as I attempting anything they thought unworthy.
There comes a time where you have to decide to live with the pain, or fight out of it. I fought it!
What was the diet plan or strategy that guided your transformation?
Basically, I counted calories.
I tried the common sense approach: grilled instead of fried, no grease, more veggies etc. Then I simply had a whole lot of willpower that lead to even deprivation at times.
Did exercise play any role in your transformation? If so, What?
Not really in the beginning, but eventually you have to start exercising or loose skin starts to become a HUGE issue.
I started out as a cardio freak but then after hitting a bottom weight of 193lbs I decided it was time to put on muscle, started lifting weights and haven’t looked back since.
Did you find you became obsessed with food or felt like the diet was taking over your life? How did you deal with that?
The diet did take over.
My starting point was obesity, and even when I started, I never thought I would lose any weight.
When I actually saw the weight starting to drop off I become obsessed and got into a certain mindset.
I adopted that “weight-loss mindset” so much I became anorexic for close to 9 months.
The turning point happened when my wife and I went out of town one day just for fun, we hadn’t eaten all day so my wife suggested that we go out to eat at a restaurant.
I insisted that we wait until we got home (which was a 2-hour drive.) and she wasn’t having that. During a heart to heart conversation she opened up and shared she thought I was killing myself by not eating.
I was on a 1500 calorie diet and made sure I always left a 200 calorie deficit in case I miscalculated my meals.
Essentially I was eating no more than 1300 calories a day, and burning off a ton more by working out for 2 1/2 hours a day.
I then threw away my scale and started to focus on being healthy, not just skinny.
What’s one mistake you made during your transformation?
I should have started weight training sooner, but then I should have lost weight sooner as well.
What Aspect of your journey has challenged you the most?
Loose skin, it’s a hard thing to fight, but I’m adamant about proving ANYTHING is possible without surgery. My stomach when I first lost hung right above my knees, now all I have is an inch of overhang left.
What are your future plans with health and fitness?
I’ve found my passion with fitness. I’ve become a personal trainer and now manage a fitness center!
I eventually want to be able to take fitness photos with my shirt off, and no matter what I could always clean up my diet.
What advice would you give to others aspiring to change their body?
Anything is possible so don’t give up, as cliché as it sounds. If I can do it, anyone can!
Focus solely on how you feel, don’t base your success on others, a scale, a chart or anything else. YOU determine where you’re comfortable!
Disclaimer: Your results may vary and Michael’s were largely due to his dedication and adherence to his calorie/macro protocols.