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Male Transformation Of The Week - Brandon Reese!

At age 29, Brandon was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. After a visit to his doctor, Brandon decided that in order to reverse his symptoms, he would get healthy. Read on to learn how he lost 50 pounds right here ...

Before Before:
220 lbs
After After:
170 lbs

Vital Stats

Name: Brandon Reese

Weight: 220 lbs
Pant Size: 38"

Weight: 170 lbs
Pant Size: 31"

Why I Got Started

February 25, 2007 at the age of 29, I was rushed to the ER due to tightness in my chest, shortness of breath, and my heart racing at 6 a.m.

I had been drinking heavily with my friends the night before this happened. I was found to have a heart rate of 180 BPM so they administered Adenosine through an IV which literally stops your heart in order to "reset" it.

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Brandon Reese.

It did just that. The instant my heart stopped, my life was completely flipped upside down. I thought, "Well this is it, I love my wife and unborn son so much but this must be my time." Everything went white and just like that my heart was back to a normal rhythm and rate.

I saw a cardiologist several days later and was diagnosed with a heart disorder which is caused by an excess electrical pathway in my heart called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a syndrome of pre-excitation of the ventricles of the heart due to an accessory pathway known as the bundle of Kent. This accessory pathway is an abnormal electrical communication from the atria to the ventricles.

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WPW Is A Syndrome Of Pre-excitation Of The Ventricles,
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My cardiologist wanted to try a non-invasive approach before considering an ablation procedure. He felt that with great effort with my involvement in quitting drinking and living a healthy lifestyle that there might be a chance that I wouldn't have any more symptoms.

I used this information every single day of my transformation, there wasn't one hour that went by without me doing my part in trying to beat this.

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Brandon Reese.

I am sorry to say I have had another episode of tachycardia (rapid heart beating), ironically while writing this. I will most likely have to have what's called a radiofrequency catheter ablation, which is a catheter procedure in which the doctors "burn" the excess electrical passageway in my heart with radio frequency.

Because of my new body and my very healthy heart (except for 1 exception!) this most recent episode was short, and not half as scary as the last.

I think that because of my hard work and accomplishments I will be in tip-top shape for the procedure. Wish me luck!

How I Did It

I started out running for about 20 minutes on my lunch breaks, which soon turned into the full hour for a month or so. I have always been a fan of the Body For Life program so I followed its basic principles, and started eating 3 whole meals and supplementing 3 other meals with whey protein and a complex carbohydrates or piece of fruit daily.

I started lifting weights at the gym 3 days/week and running on the treadmill for 20 minutes after lifting to try and build some muscle. I did all of this on my lunch break so I had to be consistent with my schedule.

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Brandon Reese.

I worked up to lifting 4 times per week and running 6 days per week. I was eating lean meats, complex carbohydrates, and lots of vegetables. I also gave up eating any carbohydrates after my 4th meal.

I found out the importance of water and the role it has in fat loss. I cut out my beer intake and started drinking 1 gallon of water per day. Your body works more efficiently when it's properly hydrated.

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Brandon Reese.

I have found that I had more success by concentrating on either gaining muscle or losing fat. When I lose fat, I cut my calories down to 2200-2500 and up the cardio.

Instead of running my usual 20 minute HIIT sessions I would run 30-40 minutes per session 4-5 times per week. I would also cut out all carbs after my 4th meal.

When gaining muscle I increase my calories to 3000-3500 calories per day. I run at 20 min HIIT intervals 3-4 times per week and lift really heavy.



This is a basic breakdown of my diet that helped me lose the 50 pounds. I would use common sense when eating. I would keep it basic, lean meats/fish, fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates.

I constantly changed what I ate for each meal to prevent burnout. Also, don't forget the good fats. Many people have a fear of fat, but it plays an important roll in fat loss and muscle gain. I get mine from nuts, fish and extra virgin olive oil.

When bulking I would just add much more of these good foods and maybe throw in a PB&J sandwich made with Adams peanut butter and sugar-free jelly on whole wheat bread.

I feel that the diet was the biggest factor in losing the fat. With exercise alone I would still be where I started.

When cutting, I will eat very clean 6 days per week but allow myself 1 free day to eat whatever I want. Pizza, cheeseburger, tater tots, ice cream, anything fried, basically everything that I ate before dropping the pounds.

However, if I'm really trying to cut, I will limit this to a free meal per week but this is often temporary so it's not too tough.

When I'm bulking, I don't really have a need for a free day because I'm eating so much food that I never crave anything lard-laden at the end of the week.


My workouts take about 1 hour or so, 4 times per week. I approach each workout with great intensity, because I literally only have 1 hour to do it on my lunch break.

If I'm trying to lose weight, then I'll throw in 40 minutes of running on the weekends and run 30-40 minutes in the morning before going to work on the days that I workout.

I always hear people say that they don't have time to workout. It only takes 4-6 intense hours per week to see a change, this really isn't that much. If you want to lose weight stop talking about it, and making excuses, and do it!

I change my workout schedule every 8 weeks to try and promote muscle growth. I would also vary my weights for each rep. I try and reach failure on at least one set/exercise.




Suggestions For Others

It's pretty tough when you first start out. You're going to be tired and sore for the first week or two. Your diet truly is the biggest factor here, if your diet isn't in line with your goals then you'll see minimal results.

Envision what you will look like after several months of training. Use this vision to burn the fire when working out, to make those gains or lose the fat.

Make small monthly goals which lead to bigger yearly goals. For me, I would like to gain 20 pounds of muscle by this time next year at 10% body fat. In order for me to do this I need to gain 1-2 pounds of muscle per month and keep the fat gain to a minimum.

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Brandon Reese.

Each time you lift weights you make small changes, it's these small changes that finally add up to something you can see and be proud of. If you make it to the gym on a consistent basis you are guaranteed to see changes over time.

Last but not least, live each day like it were your last. This has helped me to appreciate my family and those who are close to me even more.

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