Transformations don’t happen overnight. They take time—hours upon hours spent training, eating well, and putting health above all else. There is no easy route when it comes to making lifelong changes, but perseverance and determination go a long way. Whether you’re health issues, facing an uphill fat loss, these Bodybuilding.com readers prove that when you officially decide to change, nothing can stop you.
2020 presents a clean slate and new chance to rebuild your strength, test your limits, and prove to yourself that you can make strides in carving out your own personal fit life. Check out these inspirational transformations. Then, after you read these tales of triumph, use your skyrocketing motivation to kick off your own fitness journey. The best way to begin your journey is to sign up for BodyFit by Bodybuilding.com.
1. Jesse Shand
Imagine not leaving your house or seeing your friends for years. Imagine not bathing in nearly that long because your body had grown so enormous that it could no longer fit in the shower. Imagine looking down at the scale and seeing the number 653 staring back at you. That was Jesse’s life a few short years ago.
With the support of the Bodybuilding.com community, he was able to shed 350 pounds and regain control.
2. John Glaude
Proving that slow and steady wins the race, John transformed the right way—through diet, exercise, patience, and consistency. In two years, he lost 170 pounds and finally gained comfort in his own skin.
3. Rashard Keen
The birth of his son fueled Rashard’s desire to change, but progress took him from simply fit to stage-ready. With the support of his family, Rashard had no fear. In May 2014, barely a year into his fitness journey, he won first place at his first-ever bodybuilding competition!
4. Andrew Chilson
Andrew didn’t let the debilitating effects of Crohn’s disease get in the way of achieving his best self. What started out as a slow process of figuring out his nutrition proved worthwhile once he revamped his meal plan. Andrew changed with the help of Kris Gethin’s 12-Week-Muscle-Building Trainer and Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Shred.
5. Tiffany Hatfield
Sick and tired of being sick and tired, Tiffany resolved to change her life for the better at the start of 2013—and stuck with it. The feel-good endorphins she got from exercise helped change her outlook and forge a healthy lifestyle.
6. Katie Anne Rutherford
Katie went from restricting her food to make weight for track to regaining control of her meals. She won her NPC class one weekend, won her powerlifting meet the next, and finished her three-week string by taking home her pro card in a national competition the following week! She’s living proof that anyone can be lean and strong.
7. Kate Jones
With help from Jamie’s Eason’s LiveFit trainer, Kate changed her sedentary ways, dropped the “freshman 15,” and learned how to reconnect with her inner athlete. By making her health a priority, she dropped 15 percent body fat in less than two years!
8. Pete Crawford
Pete went from chasing b-eer with McDonald’s Quarter Pounders and zero exercise to following strict meal prep and chasing miles on his cycle. He lost 150 pounds in three years, kept it off, and never looked back.
9. Jon Welch
After ditching his all-or-nothing mentality, Jon was able to make small, sustainable changes that led to a 200-pound weight loss and a newfound hunger for continuous self-improvement.
10. Isaac Velarde
Isaac’s childhood trauma led him to use food as a comfort.
When he decided to let go and transform his body, he dropped 150 pounds and became fit, happy, and successful!
11. Jason Tucker
Highly disciplined naval officer Jason Tucker learned that unwanted weight gain can happen to anyone. After giving up his laid-back college life, he set a goal and got shredded!
12. Christin Rossano
With the strength she drew from her supportive family, Christin was able to meet her goal of gaining weight. She found a meal plan that worked for her and gained muscle mass.
13. Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food, but after using her pregnancy as an excuse to eat, she committed to a healthier lifestyle and lost 40 pounds!
This is how people reacted to this post:
Georgi Georgiev: “What was so special about No 14 Christin Rossano? Barely any change there.”
Muhammed Saif Khan: “If you want to loss weight my suggestion is for you to do light weight high repetition exercises like body weights exercises like push ups, burpees, pull ups, chin ups, alternating burpees, push ups to T, sit ups, Russian twists etc”
Rinc: “Im 17 and i weight 100+kg how can i lose weight and what do i have to eat i whas going to the gym for a year but i whas eating junk what do i have to eat to lose weight and gain muscle”
Michael Dubickas: “Now retired at age 69. Lifetime hard gainer. Over 40 years working out, supplements, eat well, work hard. Any time I gain weight it only goes to the belly.”
spartjovic: “So I’ve been working out for almost three months now and the ONLY reason I do it is for mental health reasons. Yet i dont feel anything during or after…sure physically I’ve noticed changes, but I dont care about that. I want to FEEL good, you feel me? What more can I do? I feel like this whole thing about mental health and physical activity is “beneficial” for it is a scam.”
This article was originally published on the bodybuilding.com