How I Lost Weight and Gained Muscle

How I Lost Weight and Gained Muscle

In 2007 I was my heaviest, weighing in at 180 lbs. I felt fat, bloated, and tired. I wanted to get fit, which at the time meant gaining muscle mass. I had been told by the local gym rats that in order to lose fat but retain and gain muscle, it was essential that I consume massive amounts of protein. They recommended 1 gram of protein per pound of desired weight. I set a goal to become a gorilla with massive muscles and very low body fat. My ideal at the time was to drop the fat and build muscle by retaining 180 lbs on my 5’8″ frame.

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I started going to the gym 5 or 6 days a week. I used free weights and machines, rotating legs, chest, and back. I also ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill. That first day I consumed 180 grams of protein and continued to do so for the next few months. My primary source of protein was coming from dairy, eggs, sardines, and chicken.

After a few months I noticed some nice gains on my physical form. However, I was exhausted, sluggish, bloated, and constipated. I smelled bad, my scalp was dry and itchy, and my skin was oily and blemished.

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In addition to a high protein diet I continued to drink alcohol and caffeine daily. I had also began to add concentrated whey protein, creatine, and stimulant-based supplements into my diet. All of these dietary choices were, quite frankly, killing me! I was pushing my organs to their limit. I was tired, haggard, unmotivated, and depressed. Needless to say, this abusive regimen didn’t last long.

It wasn’t until a couple years later that I discovered a fruit-based, whole-foods diet, which changed my life. I have been eating a low-protein, low-fat, high carbohydrate, fruit-based, whole-foods, primarily raw diet for over 2.5 years now. I look and feel great! Initially I lost weight and then gradually gained it back in muscle. I am now very happy at around 165 lbs. The best part is that I am continuing to see gains! My skin is smooth. My sleep is regulated. My energy levels are through the roof. Most importantly, I am a happy person full of love and joy.

If you are inspired by my story and are interested in working with me to succeed at your goals please contact me for affordable, effective coaching. You can do it!

Original Article Published October 25, 2015