Teen Transformation Of The Week - Anthony Conti!

Tired of constantly being embarrassed by his poor physique, Anthony finally decided it was time for a change. Read on to learn how he got motivated and shed 43 pounds of fat right here!
Before Before:
220 lbs
After After:
177 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Anthony Conti
Email: contiboarder@comcast.net
BodySpace: aconti90

Before: June 2006
Age: 16
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 220 lbs
Body Fat: 30%

During: January 2, 2009
Age: 18
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 195 lbs
Body Fat: 17%

After: March 10, 2009
Age: 18
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 177 lbs
Body Fat: 8-9%

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Why I Got Started
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My first drastic weight loss was inspired originally by my constant embarrassment of my body image and being a swimmer (constantly appearing in a speedo sure did not help with my self esteem). I never really had any idea how I was going to lose the weight but I was determined to and sure enough within the first month I had lost 20 pounds.

Progress
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Anthony Conti's Weight Loss Progress.

I then went on to lose 30 pounds. I was feeling great, high self-esteem, with a social life I wouldn't have dreamed of 2 years before. That's when my motivation and determination took a turn for the worst, once first semester of college rolled around.

Acting like a typical college student, I partied every weekend, I worked out only 3 times per week (poor sessions too) and I went from a leanish 185 to a sluggish 195. I felt like crap by the time winter break came around and could definitely see a difference, especially in pictures taken of me.

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I Was Constantly Embarrassed
By My Body Image.

I was not going to let myself completely go, especially with spring/summer coming up, so I buckled down, again, and decided I was going to get in the best shape of my life.

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How I Did It
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My original 50 pounds drop was basically all cardio, I never really lifted too much, plus I was a swimmer so I just increased my intensity. I promised myself that I would work hard for at least the first half of every practice. I lowered my caloric intake (but not exactly watching what type of calories I took in).

My second weight loss period was a little more knowledgeable. With a week before winter break coming up, I began by going one week on a low calorie (1200-1400) diet and cardio (about 3-4 miles) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

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I Was More Knowledgeable With
My Second Weight Loss Period.

My train of thought was that if I could go a week on a low-calorie intake level, than trying to maintain a relatively nice level of calories (1800-2200) would seem much easier. I began lifting once break started and began with the first two weeks of total body lifting (1 day on, 1 day off).

I then decided to break it up into two segments (2 days on: 1 upper, 1 lower and one day off). I did that for about another week, and then began getting more creative with my routine and split it up into 4 days (2 on, 1 off, 2 on, 2 off).

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I Began Getting More
Creative With My Routine.

I stuck to that routine plus cardio about 3 times per week. Once I found this site though, this was my savior and really pushed me over the top with learning about the importance of nutrition. I learned about timing my carbs and increasing my protein like no other. With the nutrition and great lifting routine, I made gains I didn't even think possible, in half the time!

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Supplements
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Diet
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Training
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  • Treadmill: 30-45 minutes

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Suggestions For Others
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  • Avoid hanging out with people that you know will eat poorly in front of you (this will be a major drawback, trust me).
  • Avoid going out to eat or going out to party (minimize the drinking as much as possible).

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Avoid Hanging Out With People That
You Know Will Eat Poorly In Front Of You.

  • Keep a steady diet going, don't starve yourself, but be sure to keep your metabolism going and eating smaller meals to prevent you from becoming hungry.
  • Drink a lot of water. I know how you want the scale to be as low as possible, I used to be just like you, but if you drink plenty of water (I personally drink at least a gallon, if not more a day) then you'll be sure to pass the water out of your system and your body will be less likely to retain as much.

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  • Get your carbs in early on in the day; I try to keep my carbohydrate intake below 20 grams after about 3 p.m. for the rest of the night.
  • Come on this site! No, I'm not getting paid to say this, but trust me! Every time I lose motivation or hit a slump, I come on here and it's like a motivation recharge.