Niel Burns is living proof that there’s no substitute for old fashioned diet and exercise for natural weight loss. He’s become a celebrity overnight as more people learn about his stunning transformation.
Here’s the thing: it isn’t easy and the real key to natural weight loss is still a healthy diet and a little bit of exercise. This guy was 680 pounds in 2010. He ate 10,000 calories a day, primarily fast food and massive amounts of soda.
Burns, 44, from Richmond, Kentucky, was so morbidly obese he was virtually housebound, describing his home as his ‘prison’.
Now, two years on, at 310lbs, the 6ft 4in father-of-one is well on his way to reaching his goal weight of 270lbs.
In a new interview with Good Morning America, he described how he found the impetus to cut a 21-year fast food habit that saw him consume 10,000 calories a day in value meals from McDonalds and Dairy Queen.
“It Was Miserable”: One Man’s Journey from Obesity to Natural Weight Loss
‘I couldn’t walk or move,’ he admitted. ‘It was just miserable.’
Mr Burns, who would also drink 24 sugar-loaded sodas every day, said that his trigger moment for natural weight loss came one day when he stepped on the scales.
It was like a ton of bricks hit me,’ he wrote on his website. ‘I started and haven’t looked back.’
Now, his diet is a far more healthy 1,800 calories a day, and consists of lean options like turkey sandwiches, spinach salads with chicken and protein shakes.
He has also embraced exercise for his natural weight loss goals, doing two sessions daily; one of weights to tone, the other of cardio for burning fat. Together, they help him burn an average of 1,000 calories a day.
Zumba classes have become a particular favourite – as much for the ladies who attend as the fitness factor.
‘Being a single guy in a room full of single women… I thought my odds are pretty good!’ he said.
In fact, he loves the classes so much, he has even become a qualified instructor.
Mr Burns keeps himself motivated with a number of tactics that he calls his ‘Jedi mind tricks’. They include his workout buddy, Tanya, who calls him if he fails to turn up at the gym, and admitting to himself when he cheats on his diet. – Source
Diets eliminating an entire food group (such as carbohydrates). A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, “Can I eat like this forever?” A successful diet should allow choices from all food groups in moderation, and be something that you can follow for the long term.
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