January 07, 2013

New Year - New Inspiration to Lose Weight!

Mike after extreme weight loss
Hi everyone, I haven't posted any stories for quite a while. But wanted to get back to it and here is a very joyous and inspirational video to help you in your New Year's resolutions and motivation!

Mike lost over 350 pounds. He lost it in a very short time (in his first 17 months of weight loss, he lost 330 pounds). He was obese all his young life but at the age of 20 a big switch went off (after a car accident) and he completely transformed his lifestyle.



Mike didn't follow any specific diet. He just started eating what he knew was healthy (and not processed food) and began walking... Check out this very inspirational two minute video of his before and after pics;

 He provides this FAQ on his youtube video page;

  1) What diet plan did you do?

I didn't follow any "mainstream diet". I just used common sense and consumed things that are widely accepted as healthy like fruits and vegetables, whole grains (oats, not processed whole grains like in cereals), lean sources of protein such as fish and poultry and overall cut out junk food and soda entirely--yes, cold turkey. Eat less calories than you burn and you WILL lose weight and make it a habit to look at the nutritional facts of food that you eat, being educated is over half the battle. 

 2) What kind of training did you do?

I didn't have access to a gym or a trainer so again I did what instinctively came natural and walked everywhere. I skipped going out to eat with my friends to go for a walk and met up with them after and I was that much better off for it. I walked everyday no matter what, adding distance as the walk got easier. After I lost the bulk of the weight I took up lifting weights in hopes to build muscle mass and fill out my skin. 

3) What surgeries did you have done/do you have any problems with loose skin??

I did not have any bypass or gastric surgery or any weight loss surgery at all for that matter. I lost all the weight entirely on my own. Naturally I have loose skin all over my body. After losing the bulk of the weight I had man boobs and a very large skirt of skin which I was fortunate enough to have removed by surgery and that was covered by my medical insurance. Mine was a severe case, this is not typical from what I hear. 

He also has a highly recommended longer video detailing his weight loss journey here. Mike has managed to keep the weight off for years now and only gets happier and fitter each year. Amazing feat and change of life!

19 comments:

Krissie said...

What an inspiring story! Congratulations to Mike on his extraordinary weight loss - he serves as an example to anyone that thinks it can't be done as proof that it can. Awesome!

Jemimah Hernandez said...

I find it motivational to read other people’s success stories on the journey to achieving my own weight loss and health goals. I know losing it is state of mind that you have to get yourself into before you can really start doing it.

Thanks for the great success stories!

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Tyne said...

OMG! He's awesome!
I love how he just used natural ways to lose it. Thank you for sharing such an amazing story

Love & Light

zfarley said...

This is a great story! Keep up the good work and keep eating healthy!

Latrecia Brown said...

Truly inspirational! My weight loss story is similar, you can view it at swisscupcakes.blogspot.com. Thanks for sharing!

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This is really amazing, motivational story. I wish I could lose my pounds in very short time.

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Hey all,

Officially starting the challenge tomorrow, and I'm very excited. My name is David, and I'm just looking to cure this belly fat I have going on. I'm going to stick to the Belly Fat Fast Track plan, I'm an apple body type so I store my weight right in my midsection :(. I'm also using BeachBody's TurboFire and Insanity to get back into shape, and just feel better about myself. I plan on updating my blog along my journey, I would love to have tweets and just friends along for this. thanks guys, lets do this! :)

Naomi Bostrom said...

OMG. What a great inspiration to all of us!! I believe that you don't need to follow a specific form of exercise or diet for you to lose weight. Just do whatever you want to do, eat nutritious meals, be confident, have enough self discipline or self control over something and I'm sure that you'll be able to achieve your desired weight loss. Remember, don't give up, you have your family and friends who will support you no matter what happens. :)

emily said...

I've been trying to lose weight for about 1 month now but my motivation is starting to waver. I would like to thank you for this post. you post helped me to stay motivated.

Samuel Young said...

As an obese I need to cut down 90-100 pound, I think 100 pounds are not a small amount to cut only by following diet tips, running and walking so I am planning to go weight loss surgery. When I read this story really I inspired this story and granted some more months to myself to cut the excess weight. Do any one have any new weight loss tips, kindly share with me.

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Emil said...

An amazing transformation. Respect!