ATTENTION Former Fat Guys...

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    Mar 02, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    I need to know it's possible.

    Guys who used to be obese...

    We're you able to transform your body into something great, just through diet and exercise? I'm not talking about guys with some extra pounds on their love handles, or little guts. And I don't mean the extremely skinny guy that packed on the muscles either. I mean guys who were seriously obese. The type that dropped a significant amount of weight.. like anything close to nearly 100 lbs.

    Can your body go from one extreme to the next just through hard work? Of course I know it can... but I mean from really fat to... a tight, fit, hard body. No signs of once having all that extra weight to carry. No loose skin, no surgery, no self-consciousness... just a NEW you.

    I'm looking for extreme makeover type situations. Who here has been able to shed their former selves and become a brand new better You?
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    One year and sixty pounds ago, I had those same questions.
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    I definitely think great results are achievable. However, when you loose that much weight, the extra skin can't just go away. Plastic surgery is often needed to get rid of flabby skin around the extremities + stomach + etc..
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    I was fat for 15 years..........really fat!
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    I was a former FAT ASS tipping the scales at 250 before I called it quits. Now I weigh 175 and still feel somewhat unsatisfied with my weight. I guess if I really wanted washboard abs and rippling muscles I could do it, I've already come this far but to maintain that, might be more than what it's worthicon_exclaim.gif
  • thebigtwist

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    I used to weigh 250 and currently weigh about 188. I used to be at 175, but right now I'm working on building muscle so I'm not sweating a few extra pounds. I'm hoping some of that is muscle, at least.

    All you have to do to lose weight:
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    Freshman year, I ballooned up to probably 300 lbs that winter and I probably wore a 42 in the jeans, but my waist was definitely bigger in real life. Now that I'm down to 260 lbs and that I still have some extra here and there (36x36 jeans size), I ask myself how fat I really was back then, and it's sort-of shocking for me.

    It really does take time and persistence to drop the weight. I used to think that the stitch you get in your side from lack of conditioning was the worst feeling ever and used that excuse to not exercise. Now, my priorities are different. icon_lol.gif
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    Check out my profile for the link to a previous post that answers the question.
    And, yes. You can.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I was an obese kid/teenager. I was fat from about age 7 to 18. At 18 years old, I was about 5'3'' and pushing 200lb. Speaking from my own experience, all the hard work and discipline in the world will never completely remove the physical and psychological scars from being obese. I still have stretch marks, and I still have a little loose skin that becomes a very visible whenever I sit down or bend over forward or if my belt is pulled even a little too tight.

    Don't get me wrong, I've built up a tremendous amount of self-confidence, fitness, and self body image. But there will always be those physical and emotional things that remind you of your "former life" and keep you self-conscious.


    Before - 18 y/o, 5'3'', ~200lb
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    After - 23 y/o, 5'4'', ~145lb
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    I lost 65 pounds about 4 years ago, and havent looked back!

    Only worry is how fast you loose the weight can cause excess skin, and depending on how much you want to loose that can still happen, but usually it wont be too big of an effect if you take it slow and steady!
  • MagillaNectar

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    I used to know this kid in college who, when he was a kid, was obese. He even went to fat camp for a couple of years. Something happened in his life where he realized he couldn't be that way anymore. In college, he was one of those guys who spent all day in the gym. He would walk around with a gallon of water hanging off his backpack. It definitely is possible. I have known someone who has done it. I don't know where he's gotten the motivation or how long it took him or anything like that. I wanted to talk to him about it, but I was told he was really touchy about it.

  • Mar 02, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    Yes...you can do it if I can do it... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    wow this is an awesome thread! good for you guys! congrats on your successful transitions! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    I lost about 100lbs in the course of my journey. I was a fat kid and when I got to college I decided I didn't want to leave they way anymore. So I started going to the gym and working out. After hard work and fierce determination I lost all my weight and had a 6 pack which I probably haven't had since I was like 2 years old. I went from a size 42 waist to a size 33 waist. It's a great experience to lose all that weight but my mental attachment to that former fat kid is still there even when people think I'm A'OK! The mental battle is harder than the physical!
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    About one year.

    See, the thing is that diets don't work. Period. When you go on a diet, you might lose weight. But when you stop the diet, you will gain all of the weight back, plus some.

    So you have to make changes that you can do EVERY DAY, FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Those are small, non-drastic changes, that will cause you to lose weight slowly, and level off and stop when you reach the weight that those habits support.


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    Mar 02, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    its possible i use to 380 but lost 100 and still working on losing more. its a battle but don;t give up
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    Mar 02, 2011 11:18 AM GMT
    Hillie saidI was a former FAT ASS tipping the scales at 250 before I called it quits. Now I weigh 175 and still feel somewhat unsatisfied with my weight. I guess if I really wanted washboard abs and rippling muscles I could do it, I've already come this far but to maintain that, might be more than what it's worthicon_exclaim.gif
    yo body is so damn fine boy anything else is just bonus.
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    Mar 02, 2011 11:21 AM GMT
    jeffy87 saidI was an obese kid/teenager. I was fat from about age 7 to 18. At 18 years old, I was about 5'3'' and pushing 200lb. Speaking from my own experience, all the hard work and discipline in the world will never completely remove the physical and psychological scars from being obese. I still have stretch marks, and I still have a little loose skin that becomes a very visible whenever I sit down or bend over forward or if my belt is pulled even a little too tight.

    Don't get me wrong, I've built up a tremendous amount of self-confidence, fitness, and self body image. But there will always be those physical and emotional things that remind you of your "former life" and keep you self-conscious.


    Before - 18 y/o, 5'3'', ~200lb
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    After - 23 y/o, 5'4'', ~145lb
    (RJ Profile pic, taken last week)
    you are so damn cute haha
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    Yes, it can be done! I lost 80lbs (from 260 to 180) and gained more muscle than I've ever carried in my life over the course of 18 months (would've been 12 excepting a six month layoff) without a trace of loose skin or stretch marks (though I still have several more pounds to lose). I ate clean and supplemented with only whey protein, glutamine, flax and fish oil, multivitamins and herbs and didn't use caffeine, nitric oxide supplements, creatine, fat burners or testosterone replacement therapy, nor any topical skin care treatments like vitamin E oil or cocoa butter because I can only work on myself so much. Plus I did all this with minimal if any cardio and without personal trainers while being "old" (47), tired, ill and injured. As a training byproduct my cholesterol and blood pressure (last reading was 97/70) dropped to healthy lows and my testosterone levels jumped from 300 to 700. The pic on the left is after my first few months of training with a 30-40lb drop and increased lean mass, the right is after a 70lb drop. Since then my legs have gotten bigger, my waist smaller and I'm a lot tighter.

    However, the better question would be whether it's possible to KEEP it off. Getting there is one thing, maintaining it another - that'll be the real challenge.

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    As of yesterday I joined a gym. The transformation starts. Its gonna be a long hard road, but it can be done. Watch me as I make it happen.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Mar 02, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    A few years ago I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now; at my biggest, about 50-60 pounds.

    For me, a half-gallon carton of Breyer's used to be single-serving size. No bowl needed.

    At the same time I'd tell myself that I just wasn't built like those guys in the fitness magazines.

    The truth is I wasn't really trying. I'd make a small change, get a small result, then say it wasn't working.

    Then one day I decided to put it to the test. I decided to really go for it.

    No more added fats. No more processed sugar. Only lean protein, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit.

    When I worked out at the gym, I worked out. Hard. For every set the other guy did, I did three.

    Instead of running two miles at a stretch, I started to run five. Then six. Then seven. Once I ran 21 miles in a day.

    I got used to being a little hungry. To burn off the fat, I had to use more fuel than I was consuming. How could I do that without being at least a little hungry?

    Lo and behold, my body started to change. I started to see abs. And biceps. And pecs. The pics in my profile tell the story better.

    Now it's a way of life. I can't imagine going back to the way I was.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Thanks to the guy above me here (Nicelyproportioned) for a great, clear, concise way of shaping up and dropping weight. I've been lucky all my life and was never fat - (too thin was my problem once upon a time). But you laid out a great way for a guy to go - and to change his thinking. Leave the ice cream and junk food alone - - - and turn up the cardio. Your comments and advice were spot-on and I'm sure many guys will benefit as a result.
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  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 02, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
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    That's me at age 18; I never worked out at all at that time. I was flabby.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy said4c4098da8520c.jpg

    That's me at age 18; I never worked out at all at that time. I was flabby.


    Wow, you look amazing now!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 02, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    Thank you! When I go back to South Dakota, hardly anyone recognizes me.