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I went from morbidly obese to 6 pack abs! Ask me Anything

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  • bmaldo11bmaldo11 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    vismal wrote: »
    I've always wanted to do an AMA so I thought I'd set one up here. The basics about my story are that I went from 315lbs to 195 and have been making small gains in muscles/losses to fat ever since. Ask me anything, anything at all!
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    Did you get issues with loose skin?
  • aU6FT3RkaU6FT3Rk Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    vismal wrote: »
    Congratulations, that's an amazing transformation. What do you think are the top 5 things that led to your success?
    1. Myfitnesspal of course. It wasn't until I began tracking my intake that my success really started to take off
    2. Understanding that "eating clean" is meaningless and that in order to have true life long success I had to eat foods I enjoyed (ice cream, cookies, etc) on a regular basis but in moderation
    3. Lifting heavy weights
    4. Not listening when people say "you lost enough already" or "you are getting too skinny"
    5. Learning as much about the science behind nutrition and dieting as possible. There is more pseudoscience and myths in this field then any other on earth! So much BS to cut through to find the truth.

  • aU6FT3RkaU6FT3Rk Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Thank you so much for sharing that. I have struggled with Fad diets for years and they haven't really worked. I am getting ready to start this and be serious about it. I needed to hear that you can eat an oreo and still lose weight
  • mazurkiepolishmazurkiepolish Posts: 363Member, Premium Member Posts: 363Member, Premium Member
    You look great. Good for you!!
  • corkygatescorkygates Posts: 221Member Member Posts: 221Member Member
    Very impressive on transformation! You look 😎 awesome.
  • vegasratpackvegasratpack Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    What an inspiration!
  • babybeast1babybeast1 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    Congrats! You look pretty amazing.

    Question: My trainer has me doing more weights than cardio. I gained a bit... like 5 lbs, I'm trying to lose weight and it kinda freaked me out. I know people have said they should have started weight training sooner but I wanna trim. Not sure what s the best approach
  • nutmegoreonutmegoreo Posts: 14,729Member Member Posts: 14,729Member Member
    babybeast1 wrote: »
    Congrats! You look pretty amazing.

    Question: My trainer has me doing more weights than cardio. I gained a bit... like 5 lbs, I'm trying to lose weight and it kinda freaked me out. I know people have said they should have started weight training sooner but I wanna trim. Not sure what s the best approach

    I'm not the OP (obviously), but if your calorie intake is appropriate to be losing weight, I wouldn't worry about the 5lbs gain. I can easily gain 5lbs with a good strength training session. Your body retains some water to help repair the muscles. It's a normal physiological process, and will even out with some time. Give it several weeks (4-6). I know it's frustrating to see it on the scale, but if you know it's water weight, trust the process and push through it.

    How many calories are you eating?
  • babybeast1babybeast1 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    I'm at 1,200 now that I started MFP. I dropped from 195 to 190 today (started the 17) so I'm excited about the results. I go over sometines to 1400 when I'm still hungry but it's working so far.
  • piddings1951piddings1951 Posts: 27Member, Premium Member Posts: 27Member, Premium Member
    Did you ever experience fatigue when you lising weight?
  • brenn24179brenn24179 Posts: 1,740Member Member Posts: 1,740Member Member
    My 58 year old husband is slim every where except his stomach. How does he get rid of that stomach?
  • imxnianneimxnianne Posts: 177Member Member Posts: 177Member Member
    How long was your journey?
    How long before abs appeared?
    How do you know when to rest?
    How much protein are you eating?
    Are you eating carbs?
    Do you bulk?
  • 12Sarah201512Sarah2015 Posts: 1,085Member Member Posts: 1,085Member Member
    I've got six pounds to go. How did you lose the last little bit?
  • placeboBLplaceboBL Posts: 58Member Member Posts: 58Member Member
    brenn24179 wrote: »
    My 58 year old husband is slim every where except his stomach. How does he get rid of that stomach?

    “Spot reduction,” as it’s called, isn’t possible. He simply needs to reduce the number of calories he eats or increase the number of calories he burns for exercise to the point that he’s at a weekly caloric deficit, and his stomach fat will melt away.

    His situation is no different than a person who isn’t lean anywhere. All people carry weight differently. It sounds like his goes straight to his stomach. This isn’t uncommon (or healthy) for men.
  • tthickens637tthickens637 Posts: 306Member Member Posts: 306Member Member
    Bump to pick up later. Thank You Sooooo Much!!
  • xgxdxbxxgxdxbx Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    vismal wrote: »
    Congratulations, that's an amazing transformation. What do you think are the top 5 things that led to your success?
    1. Myfitnesspal of course. It wasn't until I began tracking my intake that my success really started to take off
    2. Understanding that "eating clean" is meaningless and that in order to have true life long success I had to eat foods I enjoyed (ice cream, cookies, etc) on a regular basis but in moderation
    3. Lifting heavy weights
    4. Not listening when people say "you lost enough already" or "you are getting too skinny"
    5. Learning as much about the science behind nutrition and dieting as possible. There is more pseudoscience and myths in this field then any other on earth! So much BS to cut through to find the truth.

    My five things, as well! In this order!
    Awesome work! Congrats :)
  • speroutysperouty Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    Great job on transforming yourself and helping others, keep it up. I am only 4'11" and already a healthy weight, so my story is different from the beginning, but I definitely agree with using weight training from the very start no matter what your goals are. I was successful with eating 1,200 calories per day and working out 3 days per week. I maintained for a while, probably 1 year, but then I ran into problems with slowly gaining weight after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Part of it was the increase in alcohol and dessert. I am back to using MyFitnessPal to track everything and I know will be able to lose those pounds I gained.w17nq3qsre6z.jpg
  • Fight_with_disciplineFight_with_discipline Posts: 18Member Member Posts: 18Member Member
    Thats awesome! and good work!

    My question is how to get enough protein while still in deficit, using the formula in the video you've linked put me in a protein goal of 560 calories, thats 32% of my total daily calorie allotment, did you aim for your protein goal when you started lifting and do you have to chug proteindrinks? I find it hard to meet my protein goals every day.
  • vismalvismal Posts: 2,465Member Member Posts: 2,465Member Member
    Hi everyone! I am still alive! I've been crazy busy since my last post. I'm going to try and catch up on some answers for everyone!
    navya2674 wrote: »
    Did you ever feel like giving up? If so,what did you do to motivate yourself?
    I never really felt like giving up but did get discouraged many times along the way. One thing I always stress is that in addition to a long term goal (lose 100 lbs, get 6 pack abs, run a marathon...) you need short term, measurable, goals. Something like "log into MFP and track my calories consistently for 1 whole month" or "don't miss any workouts for the next 8 weeks". If all you focus on is a long term goal you might get discharged with how long that takes.
    rich41n wrote: »
    My question is whether you would recommended I start to transition to a heavy lifting program at this point such as the Ice Cream 5x5? I still have alot of fat to lose for sure but with strictly eating at a deficit will I be able to do a 5x5 program like that?
    A 5x5 is hard to maintain on a deficit long term. You may find that you have to reduce the volume down to a 3x5. Also, while there's nothing specifically wrong with the ICF 5x5 program, the guy who wrote it turned out to be a person that I no longer have any respect for so take that for what it's worth. Stronglifts 5x5 or the greyskull lp are great too!
    How many years does it take to build abs? Im fairly thin at this point and have started using an ab wheel i bought recently. I can feel my hard muscles under my last remaining belly fat but i want to know how long it should take. Im expecting 2 years even if i become super lean.
    Everyone has abs and if you become lean enough they will ultimately show. That being said, to have visible abs at a sustainable level of body fat is something very difficult to achieve. Once you achieve a reasonable level of body fat (which it seems you have) 1 or 2 bulking cycles followed by cutting back to lean is usually what is required to see abs. Of course, everyone is different. Some people will have a much easier time developing abs than others. For training, I recommend training abs like any other body part. 2-3 times per week with progressive tension overload (increase resistance/repetitions over time).

  • vismalvismal Posts: 2,465Member Member Posts: 2,465Member Member
    Hi! I was happy to see you were still answering our many questions in your thread. Thank you for your video you posted in June. Very honest & in terms I can understand.

    When you think about what is realistic/long term (mainly related to measurements). Are there any ways you feel are reliable for measuring body fat? Between my home scale, the hand held one at my former gym & a hand held attached to the scale at my current gym I'm getting a little anxious about that number. I'd love to have accurate measurements, but I'm just not sure how.
    I'm basically 100% over body fat percentage at this point. To me it's essentially a worseless number. There is no really reliable way to track it for most people and even if you had access to one of the more accurate measurements (dexascan) I still don't know that it's terribly useful. If you are losing weight over the long term, you are almost certainly losing fat. If while you are losing fat you are maintaining your strength you can safely assume that you are not losing significant muscle mass. At the end of the day, look in the mirror. Are you as lean as you'd like to be? If not then continue to lose body fat. I think too often people chase a number and when they finally hit that number they may not be as happy with how they look as they thought they would be. For instance, somehow between magazines, bro science, and internet groupthink the idea that men achieve visible abs at 10% bodyfat and women at 15% became "common knowledge". Problem is, it's very hard to know with any accuracy what your body fat % is, and even if you do, if your goal is abs then lose weight until you have abs. You don't need to know your body fat % to do that. As far as using body fat as another data point to track alongside weight, measurements, and the mirror that's fine. Just don't get too caught up with that number because it's likely to be one of the least accurate numbers you have to track.
    grebber1 wrote: »
    You keep mentioning about lifting early. So is it bs that you can't build muscle and lose weight at the same time? Besides noob gains at the beginning.
    From someone who is morbidly obese all I hear is lose weight first then work on muscles. It's kinda disheartening
    Morbidly obese, non-trained individuals, and teenagers are all capable of building muscle while losing fat much more efficiently than people who do not fall into those categories. The advice to "lose weight first than do weights" is stupid for 1000 reasons. First off, even if you don't gain a terribly significant amount of muscle mass you will maintain muscle mass you already have. You will also build strength. Finally, lifting weights does NOT inhibit weight loss. That's something people say all the time and it's complete nonsense. So in short, anyone who says lose weight first then lift weights is just wrong.

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