Body Transformation: 108 Pounds Down, One Step At A Time

When Eli hit the bottom of a tough downward spiral, he built himself back up by transforming his body. Now he wants to share his fat-loss journey with the world.

Vital Stats

Name: Eli Sapharti

Eli Sapharti Eli Sapharti


288 lbs
Body Fat:


180 lbs
Body Fat:

Why I Got Started

I was not this heavy all my life, but as my life descended into a downward spiral and my 18-year marriage began to dissolve, I turned to food. In March of 2008, I made an accounting of my life and realized I was headed for death because of my weight AND my cigarette smoking.

One day while traveling on business, I looked in the mirror after showering in the hotel and couldn't believe I had let myself get that way. I literally said to myself ... "How the hell did you let yourself get like this?"

That evening I lay in bed thinking I had to do something and I had to do it right.

"I am not a crook! I built this body with honest work."

How I Did It

Around March of 2008, shortly before the end of my marriage, I had what many would call an epiphany. One day I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn't believe how unhealthy and just plain fat I allowed myself to get. At that moment I knew I had to do something to change this.

As I thought about past attempts to lose weight I realized that the "quick fixes" and fad diets I had tried, although successful in the short-term, were not going to work if I wanted to make life-long changes. That is when I decided to try a different approach and came up with the principles of ONE STEP AT A TIME = SUCCESS!

Eli set fire to fat and cleaned up his dirty diet.
Eli set fire to fat and cleaned up his dirty diet.
Eli set fire to fat and cleaned up his dirty diet.

Small, consistent changes allowed me to achieve the body I have today, 180 pounds with 10% body fat. I am also an avid runner, having finished my last 10K in 47:48 and my last 5K in 23:10, both being my personal best times.

My drive and passion today is in helping inspire, motivate and teach others how to achieve fitness success too.

Male Tansformations: Eli Sapharti

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When I first started my health and fitness journey, I didn't take any supplements at all, but as delved deeper into getting knowledge about fitness and nutrition I learned that certain supplements are important.

I take all my supplements in the AM with the exception of my protein.

Upon Waking:
2-3 Times Daily:


Let me start by saying that the word diet has a negative connotation to me and I am sure to many of you as well. Many people continually ask me if I am still on a diet. I was never on a "diet". I simply transformed my unhealthy eating habits to life-long healthy eating habits.

Proper nutrition plays a key role in losing body fat and gaining muscle. Like the saying goes ... "You can't work out a bad diet."

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6: (Optional)



My training routine changes up a lot, but I will list here how I am currently training.

Day 1: Chest/Biceps/Cardio





Day 2: Ab Circuit/Cardio

I do the following exercises one after the other for the reps specified. Once I finish the first circuit, I rest 2 minutes and start 2nd circuit, rest 2 minutes and do 3rd circuit.

Ab Circuit: Repeat 3x, 2 min rest


Day 3: Legs/Cardio


Day 4: Shoulders/Cardio


Day 5: Ab Circuit/Cardio

Same as Day 2

Day 6: Back/Triceps






Day 7: Cardio Only

Suggestions for Others

The best suggestion I give to everyone who asks me how I was able to transform so dramatically from FAT Boy to FIT Man is that ONE STEP AT A TIME = SUCCESS! Be consistent. Be patient.

If you educate yourself and put in the work consistently, the results will be automatic.

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