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Body Transformation: New Addiction To Muscle

Chuck doesn't need anyone to tell him how to fix his life. He binged on food after abusing alcohol, saw his reflection in the mirror, and reversed the damage by attacking the weights!
Name: Chuck Vermeulen
Email: gtfochuck@gmail.com
BodySpace: cavermeulen

Chuck Vermeulen Chuck Vermeulen
AGE 36
HEIGHT
6'1"
WEIGHT
267 lbs
BODY FAT
25%
AGE 38
HEIGHT
6'1"
WEIGHT
208 lbs
BODY FAT
8%

Why I Decided to Transform

As I walked past a mirror on December 28, 2010, I stopped and looked closely at myself. I was disgusted. I let myself go and didn't even recognize myself. I was in pretty good shape for a good part of my adult life, but after dealing with alcoholism and going through rehab twice I started eating a lot. I left one addiction for another.

For more than two years I packed on 50-plus pounds. I wanted to change my mind, body, and life. I went to the gym and started to get my life back in order.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I accomplished my goals because I made them a priority. I put my diet, exercise program, and motivation before all other activities. I strived to be healthier.

I firmly believe you can't just step gently into this type of program; you must jump in with both feet. I was my biggest critic and made sure I didn't settle no matter what. I was determined to accomplish a goal and move on to bigger goals. I was 110 percent committed.

Supplements That Helped Me Through the Journey
With Meal 1
With Meal 2 and 6
With Meal 1 and 3
With Meal 1, 3, and 5
Pre-workout
Before Bed
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I followed a standard bodybuilding style diet for 12 weeks from December 2010 to April 2011 (40 percent protein, 40 percent carbs, and 10 percent fat). I ate every 2 1/2-3 hours and targeted 1800-2000 calories per day. I made sure to hit my macros and the rest took care of itself. I had no cheat meals during this diet for 12 weeks.

Meal 1
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 5
Meal 6

I'm currently a diehard intermittent faster. I eat all of my calories in a 4-6 hour window at the end of each day. Like my previous bodybuilding style diet, I aim to hit my macros every day and the rest takes care of itself.

I do have an occasional cheat meal, but it's not a cheat day. This diet takes a ton of discipline and totally debunks conventional nutritional wisdom, but it works for me.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Diet Rules
  • Avoid simple carbs
  • Avoid trans fats
Favorite Food Items
  • Chicken
  • Egg whites
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Lean beef
  • Lean pork
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Almond milk
  • Almonds
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Protein powder

Training Regimen That Kept Me on Track

I do cardio every day between for 45-60 minutes without my heart rate getting above 135-140 BPM.

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Arms/abs
Day 4: Back
Day 5: Shoulder/abs
Day 6 & Day 7: Cardio

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The hardest part was finding ways to keep motivated through plateaus. I had to play mind games with myself. The best way for me to work through any doubt was to look for a guy in the gym that I wanted to look like and train like him. After all, he looks the way he does for a reason.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm thinking about doing a show in the spring, but I'm not sure if it will be bodybuilding or physique.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Do it for yourself. When it becomes about someone or something else, you lose focus of what's important.
  • Diet is key. It doesn't need to be perfect, but it has to be 80 percent perfect.
  • Keep switching your regimen. The body is smart and it will adapt.
  • Plan. Winging it won't get it done.
  • Measure out your food. Most people under estimate what they consume and over estimate what they burn.
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Amazing physique! Great job!

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baffled! absolute inspiration my friend

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DOFLEX

great

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****, this transformation is actually impressive. those abs are insane

Jan 23, 2013 7:26pm | report
alex192

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alex192

True inspiration man great physique!!

Jan 23, 2013 7:58pm | report
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Respect where its due, you look awesome!

Jan 23, 2013 8:28pm | report
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cmAcbrah

MIRIN. interested as to why all your lifts are in the 12-15 rep range? Straight hypertrophy?

Jan 23, 2013 8:29pm | report
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Blake2732

Remarkable transformation! Great work man!

Jan 23, 2013 8:34pm | report
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Incredible! Keep up the good work bro

Jan 23, 2013 9:05pm | report
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Rouge771

totally radical transformation! one of the best I've seen, hard work can do wonders!

Jan 23, 2013 11:53pm | report
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Ksilviu

Great job!

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Good job man this is some good stuff keep up the good work!

Jan 24, 2013 3:03am | report
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amazing transformation! mirin'

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Wow just wow great work m8 great work.

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alexchino

Wow, great job Chuck!!!

Jan 24, 2013 6:48am | report
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IF for the win again!

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awesome! great job!

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Great job! Your abs are amazing my friend

Jan 24, 2013 7:44am | report
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Inspirational man!! I still struggle with alcohol but the gym truly helps. Keep up the great work.

Jan 24, 2013 8:01am | report
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You did an amazing job sir!

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liamlosesgut

Wow! Good job man! I am totally motivated by your transformation! I have a gut and was really thinking about a tummy tuck, but now I see that hard work and time is all I need! Keep on it bro!

Jan 24, 2013 8:26am | report
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JacintoHULK

what the hell! What an abdomen!!!!!! Congratz ;)

Jan 24, 2013 8:41am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 15'4"
  • wt: 184.74 lbs
  • bf: 11.0%
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Thats just INTENSE!!! Way to go sir!!

Jan 24, 2013 10:29am | report
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WOW Bro!!!! That's amazing!! You look so good....

Jan 24, 2013 10:31am | report
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Spuddles35

Congrats man! That is so awesome! Helping keep me motivated! And I love that you know about macros and incorporated that into your diet! You know what you're talking about and there is no broscience here! Keep it up!

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