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Body Transformation: Rising From The Masses

Xbox and unforgiving peers had a stranglehold on his thoughts. Ramon escaped by making a deal with himself. He faced unhealthy habits head on and became unrecognizable!
Name: Ramon L.C. Natal
Email: Ramonsworkout@aim.com
BodySpace: RamonNatal

Ramón L.C. Natal Ramón L.C. Natal
AGE 15
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
286 lbs
BODY FAT
42.2%
AGE 16
HEIGHT
6'0"
WEIGHT
180 lbs
BODY FAT
18.5%

Why I Decided To Transform

It all started a year ago when I realized I weighed way too much for my age. My friends let me know by teasing me with names that made me feel below them. I never liked the feeling of being below anyone. I liked being equal to others because that's how it should be.

Basically, I got sick of being at the bottom of the food chain. I knew I had to change and I was the only one who could change my body. My friends didn't believe me when I told them I was going to change for the better. I always used to say, "Watch out, I'll be bigger than you in no time." They never listened.

When I actually changed everyone was surprised. It was a total transformation that was ridiculously noticeable. It was so noticeable that friends from school who I don't see often didn't recognize me until I talked. People started paying more attention to me, and I enjoyed how people looked up to me. It was a total 180.

Now, my life completely opposite from what it used to be. People ask me for advice to lose weight and how to eat healthy. It really makes me happy because people look to me for guidance.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I had to attack my eating habits first. I was a horrible eater. Anything that's unhealthy, I probably ate it. I started by attacking my diet, which was the hardest transformation aspect to convert. I knew I had to get moving. I was a big into Call of Duty, and no joke, I was good. I'm not even being cocky about it. Knowing that Xbox swallowed my life, I got rid of it, which helped me get outside and move a lot more.

Of course there were days I thought about quitting. Everyone has those days. If you don't, you're not human. To keep myself on track, I used my mirror. I'd go in the bathroom and look at who I was. I'd ask myself, "Is this who you want to be?" Every time the answer would be "No." It gave me the "Let's do this" attitude.

Anybody can look up to the pros for inspiration, but how long does that inspiration last? I used myself as inspiration. I didn't care what pros achieved. I cared about what I achieved. I'd rather do something incredible myself than watch someone else do. I want to make people say, "How did you do it?" That was enough to get my ass up every morning and chisel myself into shape.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey

I only took the supplements I could afford. Mommy and daddy never bought me supplements. For me to spend a lot of money, I researched it first. I started with whey protein, and moved to multivitamins, fish oil, creatine, and amino acids. I never depended on pre-workouts or thermogenics for a training boost. I used them, but I never had a good enough feeling to buy them.

Morning
Pre-workout
Post-workout
Before Bed
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

Stick to the basics. I usually ate until I was full, but they were foods that made me full quicker; usually vegetables. Veggies were a life saver because they're quick, filling, and low-calorie.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 5: Post-workout
Meal 6: Before bed
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

I stuck to full-body workouts because they burned the most calories. I added variety with barbells or dumbbells to give my muscles a change every two weeks. I avoided cable machines and liked free weights because it was a more natural movement.

Monday-Friday: Full Body
Weekends: Rest


What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The diet. If you are not eating what you should be eating it will screw you over. I knew I had to stick to it, and it was very hard.

My Future Fitness Plans

I want to compete. I still have awhile before I'll be in good enough shape to compete, but I believe I'll make it there one day.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
  • Don't give up.
  • Every day is a new day.
  • Anything is possible if you're dedicated.
  • The feeling of becoming a better person is the best feeling in the world.
  • People can't change you. You can change you.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com was my survival tool in the fitness battleground. Any questions I had were answered on Bodybuilding.com. When I was curious about something Bodybuilding.com elaborated on it. I suggest using Bodybuilding.com to your advantage.

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projectcody

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projectcody

interesting you do full body 5 times a week.. good luck with your goals

Oct 15, 2012 6:31pm | report
RamonNatal

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RamonNatal

I only did full bodies five times a week to burn the weight off. My body reacted really well with it so I kept up to it. Thanks you too man.

Oct 22, 2012 4:49pm | report
puku

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puku

Great motivation, keep up the hard work buddy!!

Oct 15, 2012 7:51pm | report
RamonNatal

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RamonNatal

Thanks man!

Oct 22, 2012 4:50pm | report
PrinceOftheCty

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PrinceOftheCty

What an inspiration. I've gained a lil bit of a pudge since taking the photo you see on the side of your screen. I'm gonna go out tomorrow and buy a bunch of tilapia, shrimp, chicken and brown rice and kick this diet off the right way. Hope to be featured on here one day

Oct 15, 2012 9:12pm | report
RamonNatal

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RamonNatal

If I can do it. You can do it. It just takes the mind my friend. Good luck with your goals.

Oct 22, 2012 4:51pm | report
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jmaxeden

good luck man! Keep up the good work.

Oct 16, 2012 6:49am | report
andrewk1991

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andrewk1991

One of the best before pictures I have seen used. You can even tell the amount of new confidence in the after pic. Great job keep it up!

Oct 16, 2012 8:54am | report
RamonNatal

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RamonNatal

Thanks man! It really is a change it's just so hard to get a handle of. I never changed my attitude towards anyone everyone has there own quality of life to me. Thanks for the inspiration, and I hope you do well with your goals also!

Oct 22, 2012 4:53pm | report
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dalabosz

Amazing transformation and an even better attitude. Do you and keep doing what you're doing. Never lose that positive attitude!

Oct 16, 2012 9:50am | report
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cparrott133

Way to go! What a great transformation. Very impressive for such a young person.

Oct 16, 2012 9:55am | report
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prettyboy811

Great work.. keep it up!

Oct 16, 2012 11:48am | report
jcl17

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jcl17

Come on!! I had a transformation pretty close to that and I didn't get picked for this!! What does a guy have to do to get picked for a body transformation of the week!! But good job bro, pretty impressive transformation, keep up the work and you'll get the 6-pack eventually.

Oct 16, 2012 12:05pm | report
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leon189

he lost 24% body fat, loser you are not even close :)

Oct 17, 2012 6:42am | report
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epona13

Jcl17 -Instead of showing-off your ugly temper tantrum at not being picked, get off your butt, get away from the computer and DO something to change you and your body and just maybe they will pick you for Transformation one week in the future.

L.C. Natal has other things you don't have: humility, manners and a positive attitude that encourages others.

Feb 1, 2013 8:47am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 12'8"
  • wt: 152.56 lbs
  • bf: 20.0%
Escalade003

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Escalade003

Great work man! I dropped 100lbs also, I called that body transformation #1. Now it's all about working on transformation #2....time to keep focused on your goals and start building the body you want. Good luck on reaching your goals. Keep the drive alive and stay focused. Once again great work!

Oct 16, 2012 4:44pm | report
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TessM18

Its good to see other teenagers with the same goals as me! Very impressive! :)

Oct 16, 2012 6:54pm | report
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AGislivineasy

You have an amazing level of dedication and it shows!!! I don't know of any teenage boy that isn't obsessed with COD, good for you for rising above that addiction! Developing a healthy lifestyle when you are young will help you out in so many areas of your life in the future! Keep it up and good luck in all your endeavors!!!

Oct 16, 2012 7:20pm | report
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CaliberIsNumUno

You'll see a lot more muscle gains if you cut back to 2 workouts a week. Doing full body like that 5 days a week, it's not gonna help you at all.

Good work so far though, very good.

Oct 17, 2012 6:46am | report
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TitaniuMuscle

keep on working hard and consistent; you are yet to achieve the best of your body! Congrats bro!

Oct 17, 2012 6:53am | report
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Benjyb49

Amazing transformation in such a short amount of time. Very balanced diet. You may benefit from a split routine rather than a full body workout 5 days a week.

Great job man.

Oct 17, 2012 8:30am | report
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RamonNatal

Thanks everyone for the inspiration you are giving me. I hope you all achieve your goals. Remember... life is nothing but endless goals, and achievements. You can, and will always get better at something throughout your lifetime.

Oct 22, 2012 4:55pm | report
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Henriquem3

Nice brah . Keep it up :)

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DAN1996

Wow!! NIce work man!! Do you think scivation xpand really help you for fatloss because i think to use it?

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kempt101

Great insperation. working on my self also.

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