Body Transformation: Half The Man
WEIGHT 324 lbs
WEIGHT 161 lbs
Why I Got Started
All my life I wanted to look like my biggest heroes from my childhood, whether it was people or just fantasy characters.
When I was a kid, because of some kind of medicinal allergy, I got very fat. That can be a really strong stamp in elementary school and also could be a reason to become extremely depressed. After that nightmare, I got into and started to enjoy sports.
As the center player of the basketball team in school I finally got into the shape I'd been waiting for a long time. Then I joined a handball team, and like most kids, I loved my bicycle as well.
In my high school years my habits caught up with me and again I turned to a typical unhealthy lifestyle. After the raves on Friday and Saturday night I'd spend at least half an hour in the kitchen before I went to bed.
Almost all of us know that after a good party, if you would like to have something to eat, fruit is definitely not the one you want to go for.
After a couple years I'd transformed into a totally different person at all levels. When I was 23-years old, I was 147 kg which is around 324 pounds.
I've been depressed. In February 2008 I was standing in front of the mirror, facing everything I never wanted to be. The following day, I decided to get a new view of life.
How I Did It
With 324 pounds on me, even walking at normal speed could be a real challenge so I had to figure out the first steps carefully. I had no money to invest to get advice from a dietician and I had no idea about the whole way to be successful.
All I knew was I had to change my lifestyle step by step. I started with a normal low-calorie diet with loads of vegetables and chicken breast. After a half year I'd found what my body needed for the serious transformation. In that period I lost my first 44 pounds.
This shows how important diet is to reach your dream body. After that I've bought a universal gym machine and started to do basic workouts out on it.
After a year, in total I lost 87 pounds. Then I stopped for almost a year because I thought it was enough. I thought to myself "I'm powerful and I've got my self-confidence back." Then I joined a boxing team which totally changed my opinion about serious results. Within a year I'd lost another 22.5 pounds.
I started to live in London in June 2010 and because I had to work a lot I had no time to go to a gym. So, I started to do exercises at home. I'd use every possible minute to do some push-ups or sit-ups. Then in August 2011 I once again got addicted to serious workouts.
Now I am 73 kg. That is 160.9 pounds! I am in the best shape ever and I've never been stronger in my all life.
This is only since August 2011. Before that I've never used any supplements.
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After training with weights I'll go in front of the punching bag for 20-to-30 minutes and if I need to have a little rest I do some sit-ups as well. And don't forget the proper stretching after the session!
Punching Bag40-60 min
Punching Bag20-30 min
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The hardest part is to start it, but it only takes a couple days to get into the right habit. Do not give up. The feeling after an hour-long hard workout is unbelievable.
Your brain will push up your endorphin and adrenaline levels, and give you a kind of euphoria and make you feel powerful like never before. More importantly your body, with every single minute of that painful nirvana, will start to transform into the shape you always dreamed about.
All of us have that dream. The human body is naturally strong and muscular, and designed for hard work. To show it to the world you have to get rid of the cover that you got from an unnatural and unhealthy modern lifestyle.
There is no miracle out there, that's in you already. Find the right motivation to use it. Work hard for your dream and everyone will dream about you.
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Thanks man. ;)
Actually I've had a year rest. When I was around 100-105 Kg everyone told me it was an extremely good transformation but it should be enough. Later I've found out... the human body always could be better and stronger. :)
I think the best cure for the man boobs is the hard chest work out. If you gain some extra muscles and try to focus to make your chest wider your skin will follows the change. Of corse if you check my photos properly you still could see a bit but I'm working on it ;)
Roland, you look great! I do have one comment about your diet plan listed above. According to that list, you're taking in around 1500 calories! That's far too low for a man of your height and activity level.
If you increase your caloric intake (clean calories, of course) to an absolute minimum of 2000 and keep training hard, you will most likely add a significant amount of lean muscle mass to your frame.
Just a thought. However, 1500 calories is far too low for anyone, male or female, who sticks to a workout program like yours. Your body will break down your hard-earned muscle tissue to fuel your workouts if you don't eat enough. :)
Keep up the good work! You're doing great!
Holly, actually I've started to take a bit more of everything and I would like to gain a bit more muscles. But this strict diet was the key to get rid off all the fat. Definitely this is like a spartan camp menu and way below the normal calorie intake. Sometimes It was very hard to stick to it. :)
Fantastic job Roland! Your story brings tears to my eyes. I can understand that it takes a lot of dedication, determination and self confidence to make the transformation that you did.
My youngest brother hit 375 lbs at the age of 21 and he was only 6'1". He is now 235 lbs and is one of the strongest people I have ever known.
I want him to see your picture. People have told him that he will need surgeries to tone up his chest and waist. Do you think that is necessary?
You look awesome! Keep up the great work and God bless!
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