Body Transformation: Channeling His Inner Zyzz!
WEIGHT 219 lbs
BODY FAT 21%
WEIGHT 162 lbs
BODY FAT 4.1%
I was a very active person in average shape until I got two jobs and started to gain weight and lacked energy. It got to the point that I was tired of being tired and wanted to change. I started looking up workout and inspiration videos on YouTube, came across "Zyzz - The Legacy," and became more inspired than ever. I went to my local Gold's Gym, got a trainer, and was willing to do anything to achieve an aesthetic physique like Aziz Shaversian (aka Zyzz).
I set a goal to completely change my life and get as close to his physique as possible in 12 weeks. I told my parents' trainer and friends and they all laughed and said "Yeah right! That's impossible in 12 weeks. It sounds awesome, but you should be a little more realistic. It's pretty hard to lose that much weight in such little time."
After telling everyone about my goal and hearing the feedback, I became angry that nobody had faith in me. I gave up my horrible eating habits and quit partying every night after work and being a couch potato on my days off. I invested in biking gear and fixed my bike to use as cardio because I enjoyed long rides.
I used my built up anger and started lifting as hard as I could and felt great after my workouts. I biked for an hour after training and was content and happy for the remainder of the day. Since I wanted to lose weight and gain muscle without preparing complicated meals, I figured to keep it simple and drink protein shakes every day until my protein intake was met. I also started taking a multivitamin and drank a gallon of water per day.
Within three weeks, I lost 21 pounds and started to see awesome results with a developing six pack. Everyone who doubted me noticed my results slowly gained faith in me. Around week five, I got sick of my diet and thought about quitting because I had good results. Then I reminded myself that this mission was to get as close to Zyzz's physique as possible and I wasn't close to it. I also didn't want to be a quitter because quitters don't get anywhere in life. So, every day I lacked motivation, I played "Zyzz - The Legacy" and was motivated again.
My goal was to drastically cut weight and build muscle, so I kept my diet around 1,500 calories per day with 200-plus grams of protein, mostly from protein shakes. When I absolutely needed a cheat meal, I ate one serving of homemade popcorn using coconut oil to pop the seeds. The popcorn added up to 100 calories and satisfied my craving. This is what my diet consisted of for 12 weeks!
Leg Extension Crunches20 reps
Butterfly Crunch20 reps
The most challenging aspect was my diet. Protein shakes don't taste great after drinking them for 12 weeks straight, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy so I dealt with it and got used to it.
Now that the fat is off my body, I plan to do a clean bulk and get up to 220 pounds with 8 percent body fat. I also plan to become a certified personal trainer and compete.
Haters are going to hate, so let them motivate! Don't underestimate yourself. If you want something, go and get it. Dedication and discipline are key. Get uncomfortable; no pain no gain! Embrace the burn, pain, and soreness because it makes you stronger. If you see results, keep doing what you're doing and remember that slow progress is progress.
Bodybuilding.com provided workouts that I wanted and needed. My workout was based on what I saw on the site. I would've had no idea where to start if it wasn't for the awesome information on Bodybuilding.com.
- "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
- "Hard In The Paint" by Waka Flocka Flame
- "Find Yourself (Zyzz version)" by John O'Callaghan (Feat. Sarah Howells)
- "Walk" by Pantera
- "Fuel" by Metallica
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Each scoop packs 30 grams of protein, find me some others that do, and its cheap because you aren't paying for the brand name, unlike everybody else who are just money hungry
@metallica. No, each scoop doesn't pack 30g of protein, because the cheaper ones are filled with fillers like glycine which are technically counted as protein because of their structure but aren't synthesized as protein, so each scoop really only has 18-20g protein. Please educate yourself
You look great man, but how did you possibly survive on that diet? Skim milk and protein powder was seriously all you had? You may look healthy on the outside, but that's really bad for your overall health. I hope now that you are down to your goal you eat a more balanced diet.
whey protein is liquid food, its like taking a chicken breast and turning it into powder.....its not impossible
it's not impossible no, but nor is living off coke for the rest of your life its just not healthy... this guy said he wanted to be a PT. Who on earth would want to take a diet plan off this guy?!?
@XxmetallicaxX What about vitamins from fruits/veggies? Protein powder doesn't deliver.
For those of you criticizing his diet, whey is MORE anabolic than any meat. The degree to which a protein can stimulate protein synthesis is highly correclated with it's leucine content, whey has the highest leucine content of all digestable sources. This is Layne Norton's PHD thesis...
You had an amazing transformation. Congratulations.
What's the plan for the clean bulk? More protein shakes or are you going to include some meats and vegtables? How about carbs, Oats and brown rice in your future?