Aldon Tibbs, a powerlifter who started to gain weight in 2013 because he wanted to add muscles to his body. But soon he realized that he was just getting fat and bigger and this has nothing to do with his muscles. Of course, he was feeling all strong but he was fat too.
“My boss took the staff out to a Timberwolves game for Christmas. There were a lot of photos taken that night and when I saw myself in them, I realized that I wasn’t just strong, I was fat,” Tibbs says. “It was the first time that I saw myself as anything other than just a big muscular dude, and I realized that while I was strong, I was definitely not healthy.”
And that was the time he decided to do something about it. He was weighing his heaviest at 270 Kg when he was just 37-38 years old. How he reshaped and changed his workout is
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“The amount of time that I spent in the gym didn’t really change. I did switch over to a little bit more of a bodybuilding style workout instead of a powerlifting workout. I started doing three 10-minute walks per day and changed my diet. I’d been eating anything and everything I wanted. When I realized that I needed to lose weight, I started with the keto diet, followed by the “if it fits your macros” diet, and then finally the vertical diet, which I still follow today.”
I never counted calories, but I’m very intuitive about portions. I decreased the amount of food that I was eating in addition to changing the foods that I ate. I still ate pizza and burritos while losing the weight, but I went from eating the whole pizza to eating just a couple of slices. My goal was to get down to 242 pounds, and when I reached that goal, I felt better and stayed on course. Now I’m 190 pounds.
When asked what would be his suggestion to his fellow weight loss partners, then this is what he suggested
In the process of losing 80 pounds, I never did one day of cardio. My workouts were always consistent. Eating fewer calories was the biggest contributor to losing weight. Because I am a personal trainer, working out is part of my life, and I never lost motivation for that. Five days a week I lift, three times a day I walk. This isn’t something that I think about doing it a just habit and ingrained in my routine.