BodySpace 2007 Transformation Contest: Results Recap & Interviews!

8 contestants, each having transformed their bodies to various degrees - check out their results! Did you predict the winner? Congratulations go out to Vanessa Adams (dvsness) for taking first place!
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Results Recap & Contestant Interviews

Recently, the winners were announced in the first 2007 BodySpace Transformation Contest, and the rankings caused no small stir amongst both contestants and on-lookers alike.

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Vanessa Adams, Winner!

Now, however, we're turning our attention to the transformations themselves in this series of short interviews with each of the finishers. See each participant's transformation summary below, and read their responses to several key questions!

Read on for mini-interviews with each contestant and see before and after photos from each of their transformations...


Vanessa Adams (dvsness)
First Place

Before Before
120 lbs
17% BF
After After
104 lbs
9% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    dvsness: My total weight lost was 16 lbs, 120 to 104. I also dropped a significant amount of bodyfat, 17% to 9%.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    dvsness: Actually, my cut was longer than the 3 months allotted for this contest. My total cut for the NPC figure show I competed in 2 weeks after the finale lasted 16 weeks, and I had already started cutting on December 23, 2006.

    The show was my main motivation. I knew that if I was forced to share all aspects of my prep, I wouldn't cheat because I'd be ashamed to tell the world that I was too weak to stick to my plan. When things got tough and my will faltered, I just referenced the side of my fridge where I have pics of IFBB pros taped up. Visual prodding works every time!

    The possibility of winning the prize money was a huge motivation as well. This is an expensive lifestyle in general, and the cost of being a competitive athlete is steep in comparison to my income. For someone who lives paycheck to paycheck, that cash prize is a big deal and should not be trivialized.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    dvsness: My boyfriend Dan ( Deserusan) was, as always, my number one supporter. I can't quantify how helpful and patient he was - and he also helped us get more prize sponsors!

    Steve (Twin Peak) was my prep coach and the cyclical diet plan he designed for me definitely was a huge part of my transformation. When we put the result to a vote on the forum, it was wonderful to see such an amazing amount of support from there as well.

    The support from BB.com by giving us store credit for supplements to help us obtain those great "after" pics was incredibly generous and helpful.

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Vanessa, BEFORE: OMG, Becky, Look At Her Butt!

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Vanessa, AFTER: Super Hottie Muscle Lean Chick!


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    dvsness: I have bulked and cut before, but I had never attempted to get my bodyfat this low (7-8% on stage, 9-10% at contest end). I don't think there is a need for it and I don't think it is healthy for a woman to maintain such a low bodyfat outside of the competitive bb/figure/fitness world. It was very interesting to watch my body change to such a degree, though. I never knew what I was capable of and this has definitely inspired some pride.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    dvsness: This contest was inspiring and a great opportunity. I would recommend it to anyone looking for some positive change.

    I have already now competed in my first NPC figure competition, the NPC New York Metropolitan, and have planned on another show this fall (and am considering yet another), and I intend to be a competitor for a long time, so there should be many more transformations in my future! There is always room for improvement. When we settle for what we have already accomplished, we become stagnant.

Vanessa Adams Took 7th Place At The
2007 NPC New York Metropolitan.


[ BSA ] One final question - how did you pick your username (i.e., what does it mean)?

    dvsness: My username was not new. It was my old personalized licence plate and is my Myspace name, as well. "dvsness" is my description - deviousness becomes Devious Ness. (I have been called Ness for many years, short for Vanessa).

    To View Vanessa's BodySpace Profile, Click Here.

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Matthew (BB2K)
Second Place

Before Before
211 lbs
16% BF
After After
179 lbs
5% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    BB2K: My transformation was rather difficult for me. I had the desire but I just didnt have the disicpline. I knew I wanted it, I always have wanted to have the "Bodybuilder" look, but I always gave up and couldnt stick to the diets.

    But I have to say that I look better now at 39 years of age than I did at any other age in my life. I started this transformation at 211 lbs and 16% BF. (I had been dieting a while before that - I was 227lbs at approx 27% BF.) I ended up at 179lbs and 5% BF on March 31st - for a loss of 24 lbs and 7% bodyfat. Not to shabby for an old man, huh?


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    BB2K: It was a very long hard road, but what kept me going was the progress I saw from time to time. I also allowed myself a cheat "meal" not day, from time to time. This helped me alot.

    When I started seeing results it really fired me up and the cheat meals were soon gone. I am a very hard-headed person and can not stand to be told "you can't" or "you won't". Damn it, I can - and I did!

    My wife was my main motivation, support and encouragement. She is the most wonderful woman in the world and the best training partner I could ever ask for!

Before After
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Matt, Before & After.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    BB2K: My wife, my kids and friends were a big help to me. I made a few new friends on BB.com and the support I received was amazing and very motivating. The Anabolic Xtreme members were there for me the entire time, always encouraging me to bust my ass. (Thanks Mace and Kevin!)


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    BB2K: I hate diets, they are horrible! I loved eating whatever I liked, whenever I liked. So it was a big change having to stick to a diet, especially a cut diet.

    I have been on one cut diet before, back in 2000 when I did my first bodybuilding show. Honestly, I looked horrible, I really messed the diet up, it was expected for I had no one helping me. All the info I got on cut diets were from books. Now I love eating healthy and can not stand junk food, so I am hooked on health.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    BB2K: Hell yes! I would do it again in a heartbeat and suggest anyone that wants to make a change in their life to go for a contest like this.

    You can't lose, there's no way! As long as you bust your a$$ and do your best, you win. Period. I am currently dieting for 3 bodybuilding shows in October. I have alot of work to do, so wish me luck!


[ BSA ] How did you pick your username (i.e., what does it mean)?

    BB2K: I did my first bodybuilding show in 2000. So "bodebldr2000" was the perfect username - it has since changed to BB2K, same meaning - just a shorter version. I am lazy like that. LOL


Philip (pmtaf)
Third Place

Before Before
242 lbs
27.8% BF
After After
200 lbs
11% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    pmtaf: Starting weight: 242 lbs. Ending weight: 200 lbs. I have the exact bodyfat numbers, and I know at the end I was exactly 11%. I lost 44 lbs of fat in total, and gained back 2 lbs of muscle. In addition, I lost 8.5 inches on my belly, gained 1.75 inches on my arms, and lost 16.8% bodyfat overall.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    pmtaf: I never got bored or frustrated, actually. Everyday was a new day and the first day for the rest of my new life. The reason I joined this contest was my family. Before, I could not be very active with them. I would have to stop after a short time and take a rest or just quit all together.

    I coach my 2 kids' baseball team and to hear some of the comments made by the kids, that got me wondering what the adults were thinking. I would look at pictures of myself in the summer and I hated it.

    I really wanted to change my body to become more fit, so I can be around for a long time for my kids. God blessed me with the most wonderful family in the world and I wasn't doing anything except hurting that blessing by getting fatter and lazier. I wanted to turn that completly around...and I did that in a big way.

    We as a family are so actve now, television barely exists... because I am healthy, my family is healthier, happier, and we love every minute of it. THAT was the true motivation.

Before After
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Phil, BEFORE: Double Chin!

Before After
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Phil, AFTER: Chiseled Jawline!


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    pmtaf: The support I got was second to none. My wife was my biggest supporter. I know I could not have completed this if it wasn't for her, she was my rock, my foundation and I thank God everyday I have her.

    My kids were amazing in this as well. At ages of 8 and 6, they may not have known they were supporting me, but when they looked at me and said "you can do it, Daddy," that meant the world to me. My parents would also give me a lot of encouragement. I am truly blessed to have a family like mine!

    My friends were really supportive as well. I did not have a cheering section per se, but when others were making changes in their lives because of the changes I was making in mine, that told me something. Other friends such as Brian Andrews from All American EFX was great... a true friend. Other contestants were very supportive and I have become good friends with a couple of them... Chuck and Matt, you guys are awesome, thank you for the support - it really meant a lot!


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    pmtaf: I had never dieted before. I was fit and athletic in high school. After that, it all went downhill and I never decided to change the path I was on until I applied for the contest. You can only roll down a hill so long before you either choose to stop or get stopped.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    pmtaf: I would do it again in a heartbeat. I hope I am picked for the Summer Round #2. I would recommend not only my friends, but everyone to do this. This contest has changed my life in so many ways that I know I will look back on these three months as a defining moment in my life. This was a true gift given to us by Bodybuilding.com and I don't regret anything for one single second. No one will ever understand how much something like this can change your life until you've been there. I am ready for Round 2!


[ BSA ] How did you pick your username?

    pmtaf: My screen name is the first letter of me, my wife, kids, and our last name. From my screen name to my motivation, it's all about family!

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Nitaant (The Brotherhood)
Fourth Place

Before Before
148 lbs
17% BF
After After
136 lbs
9% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    The Brotherhood: I maintained muscle mass and strength (might have added some). I started at 17% BF and went down to 9%, started at 148 lbs and went down to 136 lbs. In addition, I also dropped from a 32.5" waist to a trim 30" waist.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    The Brotherhood: I was in the process of transforming my body for about 9 months prior to the contest. I was running out of steam and this contest was exactly what I needed to finish off my transformation.

    When things got tough, I got going. ;) My coach and mentor, Layne Norton was a huge inspiration as usual and without his support I might have dropped out or never completed my transformation.

Before After
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Nitaant, Before & After.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    The Brotherhood: My dad was very supportive. Can't say the same about my mom, she kept saying I was lean enough and was going to "vanish" if I dieted anymore. LOL, I ignored her and carried on.

    Several forum members were solid pillars of support for me, including but not limited to:

    My gym buddy also helped keep my workouts fiery and intense when carbs and fire were low.


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    The Brotherhood: I have never dieted in the past.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    The Brotherhood: I will never have to make such a drastic transformation again, as I won't get fat again. Would I recommend it? If they are out of shape and want to get in shape, yes, why not! :)

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[ BSA ] How did you pick your username?

    The Brotherhood: A couple of years ago in 2003, there was a website which was all about hardcore natural bodybuilding called "godsofiron.com". The website no longer exists unfortunately, but the stories and advice on the site were very inspirational. They called themselves "the Brotherhood", and that's where I got my forum username from.

    To View Nitaant's BodySpace Profile, Click Here.

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Raquelle (johnsonrp)
Fifth Place

Before Before
164 lbs
25% BF
After After
153 lbs
21% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    johnsonrp: Well, for those who may not have been following along, I'm in the Navy. All of my measurements and weigh-ins were conducted onboard and by someone else in the Navy.

    I think, along with every other logically-thinking person, that the Navy methods of finding these results are not the most accurate. Hell, they don't even come close. Anywhooo, I was told I was 164 lbs. and 25% BF to start out with. By the end of the contest, I was 153 lbs. and 21% BF.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    johnsonrp: From the very beginning, we all had stones thrown in our way. I had to fly home on emergency leave to attend my grandmother's funeral. Afterward, I had to deal with grieving while been informed that my ship would be extended on our deployment.

    One of the very motivating things for me was to think of what my grandmother and mother would tell me to do if they were here. They definitely would not have encouraged me to sit on my butt feeling sorry for myself. They would tell me to take what I was feeling and mold it into energy for accomplishing my goals.

    My motivation for this contest was how public it would be. How can be lazy when not only is there money on the line, but there are thousands, millions of people out there watching. We all like to say that we don't care what others think, but we do.

    By the way, I was never at any point bored with this contest. I hate that it's over. Hell, I want to enter the next one. Bigger, Badder, and Stronger!!

Before After
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Raquelle, Before & After.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    johnsonrp: Wow, to answer that question I would be here all day. I have, of course, a strong support system in my family. They followed the contest every step of the way and wanted to get caught up whenever they felt they missed something. Everybody knows how family is. They go around bragging on you and showing everybody your progress pictures. That's what mine did anyway. LOL

    A lot of the motivation that I received from my fellow shipmates was positive, but at the same time most of them felt the need to remind me of how hard it is to lose weight while on deployment. How they couldn't do it, and how so-and-so couldn't do it, etc. I just kept thinking, "I'm gonna show you." I have will power, I have drive, and I am bound to be successful! I tried my best and sacrificed to do that.

    Motivating others is my primary motivation. And from all of the Bodyspace community, I have been exposed to the support and love from the members. That type of support was, and is, greatly appreciated. The kind words, the tough love, that extra push; we all need it. Thank you!


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    johnsonrp: Yes, I am your typical yo-yo dieter. Because of mis-education and being mis-informed on the issue, mostly by the media, I basically didn't know what the hell I was doing when it came to losing weight (permanently)! Don't get me wrong, I still am sort of in the dark.

    The thing that has made this attempt mildly successful is that I have accepted the bottom line. It takes a great diet and hard work in the gym to get what you want. Not all the supplements you can swallow or starving yourself.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    johnsonrp: Hell yea! Sign me up for the next one, LOL. Seriously, I learned so much during this contest, that if I had known then what I know now, I'd have taken first place instead of fifth. It's exciting, it's motivating! It gave me motivation when I couldn't do it for myself. Yes, I would recommend it to anyone - hell, everyone! If you can do it for three months, you just proved it to yourself that you can do it for the rest of your life.


[ BSA ] How did you pick your username (i.e., what does it mean)?

    johnsonrp: It's simply my last name, followed by my first and middle initials. It the username I use for a lot of stuff, by habit. I know, boring!

    To View Raquelle's BodySpace Profile, Click Here.

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Chuck (njmuscle66)
Sixth Place

Before Before
??? lbs
??% BF
After After
??? lbs
??% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    njmuscle66: I started the contest at 226 pounds. A fairly high weight for me as my commitment to sound nutritional habits was just not there over the months preceding the contest. I was training hard but in terms of nutrition, I really had no specific program or goal in mind.

    Though I didn't measure my body fat, based on past experiences, my beginning body fat percentage was approximately 16%. At the conclusion of the contest I was 205.5 lbs and my body fat percentage was down to 10%.

    However more importantly was that I felt and looked better. A physique lean and in shape is far more impressive that just being big and bulky. My clothes felt better and I had a better outlook on my training and fitness goals.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    njmuscle66: First and foremost what kept me focused and driven was the fact that each week I knew thousands of Bodybuilding.com members from all over the world were checking the progress pics to see who was doing their homework and "getting the job done". That kept me motivated to ensure that each week I was able to show progress and improvement from the following week.

    Also, being a competitive person, I knew that all the other contestants in the transformation contest were working as hard in their desire to be the best. I needed to work hard throughout to be certain at the end of the day I could say, I did my best and gave 100%. Though I did not win, I certainly feel I did my best and gave all I had during the transformation.

    My motivation was two fold - One, I was getting lazy in my training and needed a goal to bring greater focus to my workouts. Secondly, however, just recently reaching 40, I wanted to show the BB.com community that no matter what age, or what circumstances are going on in your life, you can transform your body if you have a plan and stick with it. It was difficult balancing my responsibilities as a dad, 12-14 hour work days, and other responsibilities. However, I always made training a priority as well and the results showed.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow Body Space/forum members, etc.?

    njmuscle66: When it comes to my workout and nutrition, my motivation comes from within. I develop a sense of tunnel vision when during that workout I am totally in the moment and give 100%. I also have the ability to stick with the same basic diet throughout. I don't have cravings and I don't cheat on my meals. I had a goal in mind and I was totally motivated to achieve it.

    However, I will say the support from those on BodySpace was tremendous. Reading the various comments and feedback just made me more focused and driven. The support was very motivating to say the least.

Before After
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Chuck, BEFORE: Excess Bodyfat.

Before After
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Chuck, AFTER: Trim and Muscular!


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what made the difference this time?

    njmuscle66: Being a competitive bodybuilder, I have had success in the past in getting in shape for a contest, but the focus was always to look great for the day of the contest. I would compete and than balloon right back up to a high weight and body fat.

    The one thing I took away from this contest is moderation and the desire to consistently stay in shape. Almost six weeks after the contest, I have been able to maintain and even improve my conditioning. I now feel it is better to be more diligent throughout the year to maintain a certain condition year-round, rather than to constantly balloon back and forth. This will also help me in making my contest preparation easier and a little more predictable.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    njmuscle66: As I stated above, now that I have "transformed," the intention is not to return to my ways of the past, but take a much more moderate approach to my nutrition. Sure an occasional cheat meal for sanity's sake is fine, however they have to be the exception rather than the rule.

    I have more energy, look better and just feel better after dropping over 20 lbs of needless fat and bulk. I don't intend to put it back on. Bulking up for the winter hibernation might work for bears, but not me! The idea of a transformation contest is certainly something I would suggest to a friend. It is challenging and rewarding and most importantly you are competing within yourself. That makes everyone a winner.


[ BSA ] How did you pick your username (i.e., what does it mean)?

    njmuscle66: There is no great story behind my username. I guess I am pretty boring for the most part. I am originally from New Jersey and was born in 1966. As a bodybuilder, you would hope I would have some muscles... so 'njmuscle66' it was. Maybe I should have had more foresight and come up with something more compelling. However it is what I have had on the various boards and forums I visited over the last couple years.

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George (gfriedel)
Seventh Place

Before Before
245 lbs
24% BF
After After
220 lbs
20% BF


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    gfriedel: My transformation was to lose weight and body fat. During the contest, I lost 25 lbs, 4% body fat, & 6 inches from my waist. Since going back to the gym in the beginning of November (before the contest started), I have lost a total of 45 lbs, 9% body fat, and 8 inches from my waist.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    gfriedel: My main motivation for joining the contest was to get into better shape. I was tired of being overweight and eating the wrong types of food. To do this, I changed my diet and tried to work out on a daily basis. I prepared most of my meals & took them with me for the day. I cut out the wrong types of food and ate 6-7 meals a day.

    What kept me going was the fact that I could see changes in my body. My clothes were fitting better, I was not as tired as I used to be, and people were giving me compliments on how I looked during this contest! It was frustrating at times because I could not get to the gym, I ate things that I shouldn't have, and my progress slowed down as I lost more weight.

Before After
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George, Before & After.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    gfriedel: I received a lot of support during this contest from friends, my family, and fellow Bodyspace/forum members. I received help from Deserusan on what supplements I should take, and from dvsness on certain parts of my diet. My chiropractor helped me when I had problems with my shoulder and back. He also talked to me about my diet. My wife took all the pictures of me submitted during the contest.


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    gfriedel: I really had no consistent diet to speak of before this contest. I ate too much of the wrong type of foods. And yes, I had tried other types of fad diets with no success.

    The difference this time was I spent time preparing my meals for the week, usually on Sundays. I followed a strict diet and I cut out a lot of carbs and sugar. I ate chicken, fish, salads, and other good foods. For the most part, I didn't eat any junk foods, cut out sweets, and didn't drink any juices. I also completely cut out fast foods.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    gfriedel: I would do this again in a heartbeat!! I felt great being able to complete this Transformation Contest, even though I feel short of my goals from when I started. My body weight is the lowest it has been in years! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to change the way they look and feel!


[ BSA ] How did you pick your username (i.e., what does it mean)?

    gfriedel: Very simple. My username is GFriedel - the first letter in my first name and then my last name. I know, it's boring!! LOL

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Ben (PaLftr)
Eighth Place

Before Before
224 lbs
40" Waist
After After
208 lbs
34" Waist


[ BodySpaceAdmin ] For people that may not have followed the contest, please tell us about your transformation, including your starting weight/bodyfat percentage and your final weight/BF%.

    PaLftr: I started this contest at 224 lbs, and ended at around 210lbs. I didn't get my BF% tested, although dropping from size 40 to 34 pants during the contest is always a good sign. I didn't aim for a huge and dramatic end result, just steady fat loss to preserve my lean mass. Looking at the pics, I am very happy with the results.


[ BSA ] Three months is a long time. What kept you going when things got tough, frustrating, and/or boring? Also, tell us about the main motivation for you to join this contest.

    PaLftr: Three months just flew by. I've been losing fat for around a year and a half now, so making it three months was cake. Transforming your body, whether trying to gain mass, lose fat or whatever, can always get frustrating, so you just have to focus on your goals and ask yourself how much you want it, and work accordingly.

    My main motivation to join the contest was, of course, to further transform my physique, but BB.com was giving away some top stuff, too!

Before After
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Ben, BEFORE: 40" Waist.

Before After
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Ben, AFTER: 34" Waist.


[ BSA ] What kind of support did you receive during the contest, whether from friends, family, fellow BodySpace/forum members, etc.?

    PaLftr: Most of the support I have is from myself and that's all the support I truly need, if I'm willing to make something happen then I'll make it happen. The other contestants lifted my spirits though when things got frustrating. A few of the contestants, like Chuck, have been in the game for a long time and have great knowledge of nutrition and training.


[ BSA ] Historically, are you a yo-yo dieter (or stereotypical onseason-offseason competitor) - or, in other words, have you tried previous dieting/cutting techniques and not had success? If so, what was different this time?

    PaLftr: I've been dieting since January 2006 to lose fat. I've tried a good number of diet plans, ranging from run-of-the-mill stuff to extreme starvation diets. I suppose everything works somewhat as long as you're burning more calories than you consume.

    Not everything works as well, but that's how we learn and fine tune. Over the course of the competition, I stuck to around 2000 calories a day and aimed for a 40/40/20 (protein, carbs, fats) macronutrient breakdown. I got stronger, added lean mass and burned a good bit of fat. It worked well.


[ BSA ] Having successfully gone through this transformation process, do you think you would ever do it again, and why/why not? Would you recommend it to a friend?

    PaLftr: Of course, I'm still doing it! I haven't reached the level of leanness that I want to be at yet, so I'm still gunning for that. Once I'm lean, I'll finally be able to pack on some lean mass.

    I'd certainly recommend this to a friend. It was a great experience, and BB.com had great support for us all and truly hooked us up with a lot of great stuff!


Editor's Note

This contest was definitely fun, and we wholeheartedly thank each and every one of our contestants for playing! Look for more BodySpace Transformation contests in the future!

Many thanks go out again to our sponsors for this contest:

Please remember these sponsors and their support for BodySpace and this transformation contest when it comes time to place your next order. They really do support all of our efforts to lead healthier, happier, and stronger lives!

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