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Sid Hanson Learned The Proper Way To Diet And Exercise And Shed 99 Pounds!

Sid was tired of being overweight, so after many years for unsuccessful fad diets, he finally decided to get in shape the healthy way. Read on to learn how he lost 99 pounds right here!

Before Before:
280 lbs
After After:
181 lbs

Vital Stats

Name: Sid Hanson
BodySpace: kcmoto

Age: 46
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 280 lbs

Age: 48
Height: 5"11"
Weight: 181 lbs

Why I Got Started

I was tired of being fat! In 2002 I went on another diet (I have been on diets it seems most of my life). The diet I went on was not the right kind of diet, it was a starvation diet. I felt weak and unhealthy. I lost some weight but soon thereafter I slowly started to put it back on like all the other times.

In August of 2007 my oldest son got married and I was so embarrassed as I weighed 250 pounds. I knew I had to go on another diet. In December of 2007 I happened upon a new community center gym that had just opened up a couple of months prior. It had an indoor track, machine weights, free weights, bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and more.

I signed up right before Christmas of 2007 and decided I was going to start my diet and exercise after the Holidays. I had been thinking about all the other times I had lost weight and gained it back. The last experience was horrible with the starvation diet and knew I couldn't do that again.

I Was Tired Of Being Fat!
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I Was Tired Of Being Fat!

My story is not unique I am sure. I usually never ate breakfast or lunch because I didn't want to gain weight. Now I eat more than I ever did and the weight fell off. I have been constantly on diets since I was a teen. I would always go on a "fad" diet, lose some weight, and then gain it back and more.

My oldest son who went through a transformation himself when he went to college in Seattle would come home and cook for us. He literally introduced us to better nutrition through his cooking, 100% whole grain flour instead of enriched, olive oil and canola instead of butter, etc. It tasted good.

Education about nutrition and insulin control has been key for me. I have heard it said on here many times, "your biggest gains are made in the kitchen, not in the gym." I believe that to be true. Exercise and the intensity of my workouts has been very important as well.

Education About Nutrition And Insulin Control Has Been Key For Me.
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Education About Nutrition And
Insulin Control Has Been Key For Me.

Instead of looking for the quick results I decided to make a life change and no matter how long it took I knew I was doing the right thing. It just so happened that by making that decision everything came together faster than I ever thought possible.

In January of 2008 I started my new diet and exercise. My diet this time after some discovery and thought was going to be "My Lifestyle Change Diet." No not one I made up personally, just good healthy foods. It was a diet that I could live with for the rest of my life!

It took me 47 years to get to this point and I decided if it was going to take me another 47 years to become healthy than I was "in" for the change. I had always wanted to see the quick results. Yes, sometimes I got them but after getting the results I would slowly start gaining back the weight I had lost.

I Had Always Wanted To See The Quick Results.
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I Had Always Wanted To
See The Quick Results.

Basically I went back to eating the same way I always had. I never ate breakfast and only sometimes ate lunch. I would start snaking on junk and have a huge dinner and dessert then go to bed. Then I found

In the late summer of 2008 I was searching the web for "fat loss" and found It changed the way I dieted, the way I lifted weights and the way I did cardio. I saw the transformations and bodybuilders and I became very motivated.

How I Did It

I believe the key for me was "state of mind." Me, myself and I (it was unanimous) decided I was going to do this the right way this time. I didn't care how long it took. I started eating 6-7 small meals per day. I never in my entire life ate so much.

I was on a "cut" diet and was eating more food than I was before I went on a diet and I was losing weight. I weighed and logged everything that I ate. I had 1 day (Sunday) that was my cheat day. I got up at 4 a.m. and was at the gym at 5:30 every morning except Sunday.

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If I wasn't sweating at the gym I felt I wasn't working out hard enough. Intensity and discipline with what I ate and how I trained was the driving force to the results I achieved. The results I was getting only fueled my desire to keep going! I was so faithful with my cardio as well.

When I started I couldn't run the tenth of a mile indoor track once. In September of 2009 I ran 10 miles in 87 minutes! I decided to make a lifestyle change. Not a change for a month or six months, but a change for life. My wife and family were a huge support group that I am so thankful for.

The Results I Was Getting Only Fueled My Desire To Keep Going.
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The Results I Was Getting Only
Fueled My Desire To Keep Going.

They would keep me accountable in the beginning and cheer me on later. was there for me. The motivation from friends to forums to articles was/is amazing! I do tell people it is the best website I have ever been associated with. The website I consider is another piece in the puzzle of my success.


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    Monday: Legs

    Tuesday: Chest And Biceps

    Wednesday: Hamstrings And Shoulders

    Thursday: Back And Triceps

I work abs at least 4-5 days per week. I do a lot of crunches at home watching TV in the evening.

Suggestions For Others

I would set short and long term goals. Investigate - do research on diets, exercise, and cardio. The more you learn the better you will be able to make the right choice for you on how to attain your goals. Log your diet and workouts at least in the beginning.

Make adjustments when necessary. For me I made a lifestyle change and decided not to expect quick results but instead concentrated on a healthy lifestyle. If you make a mistake with your diet for example, recover quickly and stay true to your decision of why you are doing this.

The More You Learn The Better You Will Be Able To Make The Right Choice For You.
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The More You Learn The Better You Will
Be Able To Make The Right Choice For You.

Approach your life with intensity and discipline and the results will happen! Surround yourself with family and friends that will support you. Be patient.