Before: February, 2009
Weight: 230 lbs
After: June, 2009
Weight: 180 lbs
Body Fat: 4.2%
Why I Got Started
I decided to make a huge transformation because I let myself go over the holidays. I stopped working out around Christmas and continued to eat like I was bulking. Huge mistake, and I put on much unwanted fat. My friends at the gym had been talking about entering a local bodybuilding show, so I decided to diet with them to make their contest prep more enjoyable.
After 8 short weeks of dieting, I looked like a different man. At that point a few of my friends at the gym along with Dave Goodin talked me into doing a show. I've always looked up to Dave, so I wanted to give this a serious shot to make all my friends and family proud. Most importantly I wanted to see if I had the dedication to diet and train for a competition.
How I Did It
I reduced my calories, ate more wholesome foods, and more green vegetables. Once I ball-parked my macro nutrient requirements for weight loss, it was an easy game. At 3,000 calories I lost a good 1-2 pounds per week for 8 weeks.
My friend and posing coach Teri Alvarado helped guide me along the way with tips regarding the final week of dieting and much needed posing critique. With her help I was able to place 2nd in my very first bodybuilding show. I couldn't have done it without her! Thanks, Teri!
Suggestions For Others
The best piece of advice I can give someone wanting to lose weight is stay consistent and don't do anything too drastic. I find it better to ease into things rather than going from one extreme to the other.
- Don't fear carbohydrates.
- Start your calories on the higher end and taper down if needed.
- Ease into cardio if you aren't accustomed to it.
- Don't overtrain and keep pushing heavy weights to maintain strength.
- Eat when you are hungry - never starve yourself.
- Break apart from the bodybuilding dogma and try to find your own methods.