Yannis the Inner Hero

Chris battled obesity his entire life. He loved eating delicious foods, and he could never imagine his self as someone who would be smaller than an XXL in size. His whole family struggled with obesity, so he felt like it was just family genetics and ignored his problems, until his wife decided they should both try a weight loss meal delivery service. They worked as a team holding each other accountable and combined they lost 90lbs in 3 months. This was the jumpstart that Chris needed to start learning food is fuel for the body.

How much weight have you lost so far on your journey and have you hit your goal?
At my heaviest my weight was 364 but who knows I could have weighed more at some point, that’s just what the scale read at the doctors that day. Currently I’m at 251, so I’ve lost 113lbs so far😉. I haven’t hit my goal yet. I thought 250 would have been a good weight and I couldn’t even think about being lighter. I told everyone I would never be smaller than an XXL and now I’m in a 36 pant and an XL shirt and weighing in at 251lbs. My 1st goal was to get under 300lbs & hit that. Then it became 270 & reached it. Then finally 264 equaling 100lbs total lost. I knew when I lost 100lbs that I accomplished something not everyone has the mindset to do, but anyone can. When I did reach that I realized I have so much farther to go. This is a great feeling because I look pretty good. My next goal is 220lbs, what am I going to look like then?! And after I get there, I’ll set another goal. I’ll never stop. I battled obesity, until I won.

2. Did you struggle with weight all of your life or did you gain weight after you got older?
My whole life I battled obesity. Obesity has been an issue in my family. My grandmother was very heavy. If I were to guess she probably weighed somewhere in the mid 400’s. My sisters have also struggled with their weight and I was heavy in middle school. When I started high school and playing football I dropped 70lbs in my freshman year. After high school I stayed around 200-220. Then I started my career selling cars. And well, when we weren’t selling cars we were eating or talking about what we were going to eat. And I quickly put on that weight. This was around 2006.

3. What was that trigger reason that finally caused you to decide to lose weight?
Well my wife was put in touch with a coach from a weight loss food company. It was expensive but we figured what do we have to lose? Ha!! Well we did just that. It was a huge change, we were eating 500 calories during the day and having a lean and green dinner. So I think we were eating somewhere around 900-1200 calories. Not the best way but it worked and I lost 60LBS in 3 months and my wife lost 30. After that I was hooked. We looked great. Everyone was so surprised every time they saw us. We tried doing the program again but was so hard eating like that, you’re so limited to what you can eat and when you can eat it. That’s when we decided to take our health and fitness into our own hands.

 

4. Give me some examples of changes you made in your life to make better eating habits.
I’ve changed how I approach food completely different. I use to look at food as taste and pleasure, and it should be, just not all the time. All foods- fats, carbs, and proteins are fuel for the body. Understanding how the body uses them can make or break you. I’ve discovered KETO. The ketogenic diet. For me this is the best LIFESTYLE high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbs like 25-40 grams of carbs. No Soda’s NO ALCOHOL that’s a killer for a lot of diets. No sugar! I’ve cut out candy and I’m a huge candy guy!! Sweets in general I love especially nutty bars, those are SO GOOD! But I know that these foods aren’t going to get me to where I want to be. They are not the right fuel for my body.

5. When you think back to the foods that you use to eat, do you still have that food today on occasion, or do you avoid it all together, and does it still taste as ‘good’ as you remembered it to?
Yes I do. Once a month I have a re-feed day. A no holds bars eat what I want when I want except fast food like McDonald’s and KFC. I love food, I love bread, pasta, pizza. And yes most of them taste as good as they used to!

6. What plan did you do to help you lose the weight?
The 1st meal plan was Medifast this is what helped me start my journey with how I battled obesity.  It works, but basically starved my self. Then I went to low carb. That kinda worked. THEN I found out about the ketogenic diet. Listening to the Joe Rogen Podcast. He had success with weight loss quickly. So I looked into it. And I was shocked with what I can eat. So I’m currently doing the KETO diet and intermittent fasting.

7. What is your typical fitness routine?
I work out 5 days a week heavy lifting and I hit every muscle group. I spend anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half at doing that. Then 25 mins to 35 mins of cardio at the end of my work out. And cardio on Saturday mornings.

8. Everyone has a bad day how do you look past mistakes and move forward?
Having bad days happens. But you have to reset. Get your head right. It’s okay to get off track. But getting back on track is so important. When that does happen, I watch and listen to any and everything motivational. YouTube videos & podcasts, anything to get that fire blazing inside.

9. We all need a strong support system to stay committed, who supports you?
#1 is myself. I’m the only one who is going to push myself. 2nd is my wife, she is my rock. Together we both battled obesity. She pushes me out of bed when I’ve slept too late and helps with meal prep.  Everyone else professionally and personally has been super supportive too. Arnold didn’t become the best body builder in the world because someone else wanted it for him. I want this way more than anyone else could.

10. What kind of advice would you give to others who are having a hard time getting started?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You need to start with the foundation and that’s just changing small things in your day to day life. My advice after having battled obesity is to start going to the gym a few times a week.

Walk on the treadmill for 10mins then 15min. Just keep increasing and trying different things. You’ll never know what works if you don’t give it a try. Don’t listen to what everyone has to say. Take the info in and apply it. When I told everyone I’m going on a hi fat diet, all I heard it bad for your heart and that I was going to put on all the weight I’d worked so hard to lose and blah blah blah. And educate your self. Listen to motivational videos on YouTube when you’re getting ready in the am. My wife thought I was crazy. She probably still does! And finally never be satisfied. You can always better yourself!!

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