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Male Transformation Of The Week - Cody Bearden.

I got tired of being talked about from the people who would whisper about what a freak I was and how much my joins hurt. See what I did and how I was motivated to lose more than 265 pounds and almost 30 pant sizes!

Before Before:
462 lbs
After After:
197 lbs

Vital Stats

Name: Cody Bearden - BodySpace

Starting Stats:

June 20, 2005
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 462 lbs
Pant Size: 62
Shirt Size: 5XL

Current Stats:

September 4, 2006
Height: 6'2
Weight: 197 lbs
Pant Size: 34
Shirt Size: Medium

Current weight loss total is 265 pounds. and now I am working on putting on more lean muscle mass.

Why I Decided To Change My Body!

I got tired of all the looks that people give you and all the comments that are made in hushed voices about you. I finally had enough of feeling like I was nothing but an overly large piece of garbage.

I would really like to get the opportunity to thank some of the people who always said negative things about me back then to show them what someone can do when the motivation is right.

Before Before
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Cody Bearden Before His Transformation.

On June 20, 2005, I made a decision that has changed me forever. I had just turned 20-years old and I was sitting at a morbidly obese 462 pounds. For the majority of my life I used being fat as a defensive mechanism to keep people from coming to know the true me.

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I was scared of who I may become because of some bad experiences growing up and things my father had done. Then I woke up and decided I was tired of being this fat guy who was so afraid of himself that he never had a chance to live up to his full potential.

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I Was Tired Of Being The Fat Guy.

For the last 15 months I've dedicated myself to living a healthier lifestyle and learning proper nutrition and training to get myself into optimum shape. Currently I am working on putting on more lean muscle mass while losing the extra fat I still have on my gut.

How I Did It

The two most important things so far leading to my success have been raw determination and will power. I cut all refined sugars and foods out of my including: cokes, white bread, chips, crackers basically anything that has been processed is not for me any longer.

After After
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Raw Determination & Will Power Led To My Success.

The only sugar I ingest comes from fruit and dextrose for my post workout shake. I eat a clean diet. The vast majority of the foods I eat are Organic or Natural. I stay away from excess salt intake and I do not consume any product with trans fat in it or the words "high fructose corn syrup" or "partially hydrogenated oil." Which you would be surprised how many things that includes.

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The big key in my opinion to successful changing you eating habits is to keep it simple. If you find good foods that are nutritious and enjoy eating then have them in healthy portions.

Typical Meal Plan:

    Meal 1:

    • 8 ounces skim milk
    • 1.5 scoops ON 100% Whey Protein
    • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal made with water
    • 2 Tbsp wheat germ with cinnamon and milled flax seed
    • Cinnamon in oatmeal for taste
    • 1 small to medium size piece of fruit (Apple, Banana, Peach or a Nectarine) or a cup of berries (Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries or Strawberries)

    Meal 2:

    • 5 egg whites
    • 1 whole egg
    • 3/4 cup dry oatmeal made with water
    • Cinnamon in oatmeal for taste
    • 1 cup berries (Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries or Strawberries) or 1 small piece of fruit

    Meal 3:

    • 6-8 ounces either boneless skinless chicken breast, lean cut of beef like Top Round or 93-95% lean ground beef
    • 1/2 cup dry brown rice or whole wheat couscous
    • 1/2 cup - 1 cup green leafy vegetable

    Meal 4: Preworkout meal

    • 6 ounces Lean meat
    • 1/4 cup brown rice or whole wheat couscous
    • 1/2 cup kidney beans or black beans

    PWO Shake:

    Meal 5: 45 mins - 1 hour after PWO shake

    • 6 ounces lean meat i.e. chicken breast, turkey breast or lean beef
    • 1-2 cups green vegetable (Spinach, Green Beans, Broccoli, or Brussel Sprouts)

    Evening Snack (if Hungry before Bed)

    • 1 cup FF cottage cheese or
    • 1 cup Fit and Trim yogurt

Workout Plan

Monday: Tricep/Bicep Day:

Tuesday: Leg Day:

Wednesday: Off Day

Thursday: Back:

Friday: Shoulders:

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Chest:

My Suggestions To Others

In my opinion to really be able to succeed at losing weight and keeping it off you have to make it the number one priority in your life. Patience is an important part of the ability to stay with a change of lifestyle.

Eating properly and working out is not something you will see instantaneous results from but being consistent will yield you a lifetime of results. Try to not focus on too many things at one time. Set goals that are for short periods of time and that are realistic.

After After
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Set Short Term Realistic Goals.

Ultimately it boils down to do you have a reason to do this that will drive you to get up every morning when you just want to stay in bed.

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