| AGE 17
WEIGHT 210 lbs
| AGE 18
WEIGHT 185 lbs
I felt terrible eating bad food, and playing varsity sports with too much fat was very difficult. I was scared of what people thought when I took my shirt off. I didn't want to go to the pool with my friends because I knew people would judge my body.
I put my mind to it, and now I can take my shirt off with confidence. I increased my speed and quickness and can play better defensive basketball now.
I came to the conclusion that I was overweight and needed to do something about it. My lifting style worked, but at a very slow pace. I knew to lose fat I needed to watch my carb intake and get it under 100 grams a day. It took about six months to cut down from 210 to 169 pounds.
My diet focused on adding muscle mass the past few months. For several months before, I lifted at 5:30 a.m. at our local gym. My group of friends made fun of me if I wasn't there, so everyone was kind of forced to go or it would be a long day. When sports started, a lot of people stopped lifting altogether and didn't show up in the morning, but I wasn't going to quit.
I pushed through ever obstacle thrown at me. I lifted during sports and on Saturdays when my friends were out having fun. I had a protein shake instead of cake. I feel great about myself now and I'm excited to see what I look like in the future.
Dieting was brutal. My dieting is strict most of the time and I can't eat what my family does. I made my own meals mostly. My mom helped me out by cooking healthy meals when my family has supper. She also helps me purchase my food and supplements. Both my parents are really supportive of my lifting goals.
I want to compete in bodybuilding competitions next year. Later on in life, I want to become a trainer and have my own gym.
Creating a body you're comfortable in takes time. Be patient. Focus 100 percent on dieting and training.
When I needed an extra exercise or a new lift to help my body develop quicker and more efficiently, I knew I could rely on Bodybuilding.com. The articles on Bodybuilding.com really helped with my nutrition planning.
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