When Jayson contacted me for a consultation and told me his incredible success story thus far, I asked him if he wouldn’t mind doing an interview and sharing his journey with you here.
He has been incredibly frank and honest about his story and his feelings. I want to thank him for his bravery. There seem to be some people believe that Intermittent Fasting (IF)/ Leangains (LG) does not work for those that are obese. This is not true, as I hope this story will show you.
I want to stress, Jayson did this by himself using the Leangains method. He has become a client now, only because he wants to ‘get some abs’ and think’s he needs a little extra help.
1. What was the moment when you finally decided, “I’m going on a diet”?
Well, Andy, that was two things, my health, and sexual dysfunction! I am only 5’6 and my highest weight was 200lbs so imagine that for a moment. I was obese. My BMI was 32.5. I was at risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. I was a waist size 38 and only 36years old and I was not going out like that if you know what I mean. I needed to turn things around very fast!
I want to make a comment about the scar [above picture] below my belly button, it is NOT from any kind of weight loss surgery. It’s from an operation I had to save my life when I was a baby. I had hyaline membrane disease and jaundice. I have since recently had another surgery to remove this scar [see right] which should be almost unnoticeable within a year.
[If you are interested in the details, I’ll include the rest of Jayson’s rather generous answer in the first comment below.]
Jayson, USA Age: 36 Height: 167cm (5’6″) Before: 90.9kg (200lbs), 38″ @navel. After: 63.6kg (140lbs), 29″ @navel.
2. What did you try and first and with what success?
I tried all the ridiculous popular diets and my weight went up and down. I realized very quickly about fitness dogma and bullcrap and rather than upset or discourage me it just made me want it more. It gave me more inspiration to look for a lifestyle that will take me to my prime. My overall success with fad diets and un-natural foods was a disaster!
3. What made you switch to IF/LG?
After discovering a primal/paleo website and switching to all natural food and lean protein I was searching the internet and found ‘leangains’ and the ‘leansaloon’. Right away I knew that was the lifestyle for me. At that time I was eating every two hours and rushing home from work thinking I would shrink if I didn’t eat something, and the amount of money I was spending on diet items was out of control and I just knew there had to be a better way. I didn’t think being fit and healthy could be so stressful LOL! After trying LG for a week, I said, “This is it. This is what I needed!”
4. What was the most difficult part of the whole thing?
Bear with my humor, it’s just my explosive energy level and happiness this new lifestyle brings!!! The most difficult thing for me was actually coming to terms that I didn’t have to spend hours in the gym, hundreds on supplements and diets, do cardio like I was going to get a date with Jillian Michaels [‘Trainer’ from the US show “The Biggest Loser”] and have time to live life. It was hard to take it in because it seemed too good to be true! On a physical level, the hardest thing was overcoming my fears.
5. What things did you find easier than you expected?
Workouts, cardio, and eating. It’s so easy its a joke. I laugh when I see guys at the gym groaning and moaning and slamming down food and water every two minutes.
6. What are your goals now, as a client?
To get my core ripped. As you can see from my photos my results have just been amazing. I am very lean, my current weight is 140. My BMI is 22.5, waist size is a ridiculous 29 inches and I feel like I am 21 years old. I just want to dial in my macros and get my abs ripped!
7. Any message to people out there reading this, perhaps in a similar situation to the one you were in 18 months ago?
Put down the diet books, stop asking the guy at the gym for advice and stop listening to ‘bro-science’ as Martin [Berkhan, founder of Leangains] would say, enjoy your workouts, enjoy your food, live, laugh and sometimes run really fast! When everything else fails just remember Andy will always be here to remind you why LOL.
If you think you can do this, your right! If you think you can’t do this, well your right about that too!Update: Time Frame: 14th November 2011 ~ 12th January 2012
For two months Jason kept sending me messages saying how amazingly the diet was working for him. (Which you can see in the comments below. I have to admit I thought he was exaggerating or just trying to help me out but when he sent me the “after” photos two months later, I was really pleasantly surprised. Great to see.
Good luck! More to come soon. – Andy