With the weight came low self-esteem, which he tried to hide through self-deprecating humor or false humility.
Weight Watchers is going good,”” Khaled told Page Six in February about. “”The freestyle program is doing real big. It’s a real lifestyle, because all you have to do is not go over your point [total]. And there are so many zero points [foods] in case you get hungry. I got the freestyle dance.”” If you don’t know how Weight Watchers works, the program assigns point values to different foods, and the goal is to not exceed your daily and weekly limits. Your daily point limit will vary depending on your height, weight, age, and sex, but it’ll probably be somewhere in the 20s. On the program’s new freestyle plan — which DJ Khaled is following — fruits, vegetables, and more than 200 other foods clock in at zero points. “,Weight Watchers stopped by MensHealth.com to show us what DJ Khaled has apparently been eating as he tours the globe. Here’s what we thought of his favorite food options. ,Weight Watchers points: 5,Our review: ,”””Tasty. Could have used more cheese but I understand why there wasn’t.”” — Mark Emery, Senior Social Media Editor””10/10 on texture.
They’re like biting into a cloud. I love the spinach, but I also wish they were a little cheesier. Still, would eat the whole pan.”” — Jordyn Taylor, News Editor”,Weight Watchers points: 2,Our review: ,”””Really crunchy and fresh. Dig the spices and flavor of the chicken. The crunch from the cucumber was great. The cilantro adds a nice depth of flavor, too.”” — Sean Evans, Digital Director”,Weight Watchers points: 3,Our review: ,”””Odd texture, okay taste. I still ate between four and six.”” — Mark Emery””These tasted cookie-adjacent. They’re good, but you instantly know from the texture that it’s not a ‘real’ cookie.”” — Sean Evans”, “Garrett Foster stopped keeping track of his weight after he hit 330 pounds. The 34-year-old, based just outside of Nashville, gained the weight after living what he called a “stationary” lifestyle. But after a close call with death, Foster decided it was time to get moving, dropping an estimated 80 pounds to date. “I sat at a desk for most of the day at work and then continued to sit when I got home on the couch or in front of the computer,” Foster says. “I felt like I had no energy to do anything. I just wanted to mentally check out for a few hours before repeating the process the next day.”As Foster explained, he was heavy throughout his entire adult life.
With the weight came low self-esteem, which he tried to hide through self-deprecating humor or false humility. Though he knew he wanted to change, he simply didn’t know how. “Constantly feeling like a failure would bring on bouts of depression. The anger I had at myself would get misdirected at those closest to me,”” Foster says.harmoniqhealth.com This would perpetuate the negative cycle. But in 2016, Foster was hit with a reality check, and everything changed. “I had an umbilical hernia that I ignored for several years and it became incarcerated, which led to bowel strangulation,” he says. His hernia also caused sepsis and bowel perforation. Thinking he caught a bad flu, Foster went to the doctor. At first, they believed he had pneumonia, but luckily the doctors had Foster schedule a visit with a surgeon just in case. What started out as a surgical consult turned into an emergency surgery with three to four inches of his bowel getting removed. “Getting asked if I had a living will by the hospital staff prepping me for surgery while my wife, who was seven months pregnant with our twins, tried to explain to me what was going on in layman’s terms was a pretty clear ‘lightbulb’ moment,” Foster says. But it would still be some time before he fully regained his health. Immediately after his surgery, Foster’s wife gave birth to their twins. For Foster, the first year of parenthood was a blur: “It was full-on survival mode,” he says. “I didn’t care what I was eating, so long as it was warm and ready immediately so that I could inhale it before dealing with a baby.” Once things settled, Foster turned his attention to his own well-being.
At first, he and his wife tried a few diets and made a general effort to eat “better,” but nothing really took hold for long. It wasn’t until 2018 when he walked into CrossFit that things changed. The owner of the CrossFit box happened to be a personal friend of both Foster and his wife—the three of them had played in a band together in high school. The Fosters joined the gym in early 2018. There, he found the coaching that he needed and a supportive, close-knit community that kept him accountable.“The weight started dropping quickly,” he says. “But more importantly, I was getting stronger.”” For Foster, there were still days he just didn’t want to go to the gym or eat healthily. But those excuses went out the door the first time he deadlifted more than he’d ever weighed. “This was something that I could do, and I was getting better at it,” he says. Somewhere along the way, the Fosters realized they had to learn to be a little selfish, too. Between work, two-year-old twins, and working out, they had little time for others, let alone themselves. But the missed events and the empty social calendar was all worth it when Foster stepped on the scale to see a new number: 247 pounds. “It felt awesome the first time I went into an Old Navy and just picked a pair of pants off the shelf and they fit,” Foster says. “I didn’t have to struggle to get them on or go online to buy them because they didn’t carry my size in the store. To top it off, they were slim-fit. ‘Slim’ was just about the last word I would use to describe myself.” Now, Foster weighs less than he can ever remember. But, more importantly, he says, he’s the strongest he’s ever been. “”I no longer think, ‘he doesn’t mean me,’ when the gym’s email blast refers to ‘Athletes,’” he says.
The secret to Foster’s success was finding a community. And he thinks it can work for you too. “Accountability and support go a long way,” he says. “If you know that you need to change and want to change, but you just don’t know how to start, get help. Join a class. Get a trainer. These people have made it their mission in life to help people better themselves.”And remember: Keep it simple. “I feel like people are always a little disappointed when they ask ‘what’s your secret?’ and my answer is ‘diet and exercise,’” he says. “Be in a caloric deficit and get off your rump and move. Be willing to make yourself uncomfortable.”” What do you think would happen to you if you ate Chipotle every day for three months? Probably not what happened to this guy.,”Tyler Marinelli, 26, ended up losing 20 pounds and whittling his body fat down from 30 to 22 percent — a total loss of eight percent body fat — by incorporating Chipotle into his diet every day for three months.
He highlighted exactly what he did on a Reddit post, which included a breakdown of exactly what he ate and how he exercised. He also talked to MensHealth.com about his impressive weight loss.The sales manager from Parkland, Florida, explained how he was always a fit guy, but never watched what he’d eat. “”I would eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and however much of it I wanted,”” he said in an email. “”I’m talking two Domino’s pizzas in one sitting.””In 2018, he decided he wanted a fresh start. He followed a combination of intermittent fasting and macronutrient tracking, or IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros — here’s everything you need to know about it.) He gave himself an eight-hour window every day to eat, and fasted for the other 16.He wanted to find a way to work Chipotle into his new diet, because he loved the food, and thought it was a better option compared to some of his other fast food favorites. But after gaining a better understanding of macronutrients, he realized his typical Chipotle meals — usually loaded with chips, sour cream and cheese — weren’t exactly healthy.”,So he ate only a few specific ingredients from Chipotle — typically just chicken and rice — to compliment whatever he was eating that day.,”””I knew that if I just ate [chicken, rice, beans], I could fit it into my macros and enjoy the diet a lot more while still losing weight,”” he said.Marinelli also kept a close eye on the number of calories he was taking in, eating 1,800 calories on the the days he was working out, and dropping down to 1,200 calories on his rest days. (On his workout days, Marinelli focused on heavy lifting. The other four days were typically either complete rest or some sort of cardio, like a short run or quick bout of jump rope.)He stuck to pretty much the same foods every day, which included egg whites, black beans, yogurt, and, of course, his Chipotle chicken and rice.Not necessarily, says Susan Berkman, RD. While she isn’t surprised Marinelli saw so much success in his weight loss, considering the calorie restriction, she saw a couple of things missing that would make this specific diet tough to stick out long-term.“This diet is extremely high in protein, with no mention of any fruits or vegetables,” Berkman told MensHealth.com. “While eating this way is technically calorie-controlled for weight loss, it is not a balanced eating plan and could lead to long-term complications and nutrient deficiencies.” (As it turns out, most guys aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.)The drastic cut in calories certainly helped with weight loss, but in the end, cutting calories to such excess can do more harm than good, because it can ultimately slow down one’s metabolism. A slower metabolism means your body burns less calories at rest, which can make it harder to both lose and keep off weight. (A lot of people think they understand metabolism, but most don’t. Here are some of the most common metabolism myths.)”,Marinelli’s experiment was more of a lesson in being able to eat foods you enjoy and still see weight loss.,”””I am always surprised to see what anyone’s body is capable of when you really watch what you eat,”” Marinelli said. “”In my before picture, I was still working out four to five days a week, but eating whatever/whenever. It truly shows you that diet is the major factor in changing your physical appearance.”” And as far as intermittent fasting goes, research has shown it’s not any more or less successful in weight loss than traditional calorie restriction — it’s more about which method is more suited to an individual’s lifestyle.Ultimately, Berkman’s recommendation for a long-term weight-loss plan is a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. “”I often recommend something similar to a Mediterranean-style diet,”” she says.”, Cardio & Diet for Abs ,”Like it or not, fitness has become more measurable and accountable than ever.
Hundreds of thousands of people log and track their workouts, their food and their sleep. Analysing macros, sets and reps in the name of better health and easier weightloss is now considered the norm.”,(Related: Skip on legs day to outpace dated step theories),”One method of measuring daily activity and assessing levels of personal fitness is to record your daily step count. Until now, the magic number to hit every day is 10,000 steps.However, medical journalist Michael Mosley has challenged the purported benefits of hitting the 10,000 mark by conducting an experiment with Sheffield Hallam University. “,(Related: The lazy guide to losing weight),”As part of a BBC documentary called The Truth About Getting Fit, Mosley gave the half of the study participants an objective: three brisk 10-minute walks a day. The other half continue to try and hit 10,000 steps.The results? The 10-minute group did 30 per cent more ‘moderate to vigorous physical activity’ than the 10,000 step group — unnerving (and a little embarassing) for those who swear by the supposed benefits of 10,000 steps, but good news for time-strapped office workers looking to maximise their lunch break.”But what if we told you there’s an even more effective method to burn fat in double-time?,Germany’s University of Jena found that skipping — no longer confined to the school playground or WOD-happy CrossFit zealots — requires 24 per cent more power than running at a similar speed. ,(Related: 3 10-minute CrossFit workouts that will wreck you),”Which, simply, means you’re burning even more calories than you would by running. Plus, the US Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Council identifies skipping as one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, trumping your efforts on the treadmill.”,(Related: Can you get ripped with just a treadmill? We found out),”Happily, all of which means that you can stop anxiously checking your step count. For better fitness, we tapped up PT Scott Laidler to craft you a simple skipping drill, ideal to finish off a tough training session.
Skip for 20 seconds, rest for 10 and run through it another 8 times to begin to rope-in better fitness. Just remember your towel.”, “• Unhealthy eating habits while playing football caused Tyler Licht’s weight to climb past the point of obesity. • After deciding to lose weight before college, he committed to a more restrictive diet and started working out five days a week. • Since then, he’s completed a dramatic 130-pound weight loss transformation. In high school, Tyler Licht, a 19-year-old college student from Mountain Home, Arkansas, played football. His coach thought that, as a lineman, “bigger is better”—which it is, at the line of scrimmage. And Licht’s parents were both great cooks. So throughout his late teen years he slowly packed on pounds, fueled by big meals and lots of sugary soda. The extra weight left him lethargic, with frequent headaches and sickness. At his heaviest he had 312 pounds on his 5’11” frame.
He was 18. Licht wasn’t happy with himself, and as high school ended he resolved to do something. “My turning point was when I realized that college was about to start and I really didn’t want to be the ‘big guy’ any more,” he says. Inspired by a YouTuber named ObeseToBeast, he tackled his diet and started working out. He started counting calories, restricting himself to 1700-1800 a day. “I didn’t worry too much about what I was eating macro-wise,” he says, “but cut out drinks with calories and fast food.” He hit the gym, with lifting and cardio—his earlier years of football workouts made it easy to get back into the groove. Soon he was lifting 5-6 days a week, and doing cardio 4-5 times a week. Now, about 16 months later, he’s lost more than 130 pounds. He’s down to 180 pounds, and thanks to a program called “The Buff Dude’s Cutting Routine.” While 180 is a respectable weight for someone who’s 5’11,”” he’s looking to drop another ten pounds, then work on strength and muscle mass. Already, the response from people around him has been dramatic.
Former high school teachers don’t recognize him. “Girls,” he says, “are a lot more talkative and casual around me.” And he’s healthier, too. His headaches are gone; he doesn’t have knee pain from carrying all that extra weight. He can climb stairs and generally feels more capable of physical activity. As for advice about how to follow in his footsteps, Licht says it’s all about finding some kind of exercise—even something small and simple—that you can really dedicate yourself to doing routinely.