Trackers helped him turn frustration into success.
Anthony Di Benedetto grew up in an Italian family, with parents who always made great homemade meals. Sounds like paradise, but it did teach the 33-year-old IT Project Manager from Roanoke, Virginia, to go for seconds and thirds, eating until he was almost painfully full. Playing sports as a kid kept off some of the weight, but as he grew up and moved into corporate environment, processed snacks and sodas really started to catch up with him. “I was not really loving myself after looking in the mirror every morning,” he says. He was 151 pounds, with a body fat percentage of 18.7.
Just after Christmas, when he was brushing his teeth, he looked at himself in the mirror, shirtless, and thought he looked sad and depressed. “What the hell am I doing to myself?” he wondered.
He got mad at himself, asking why he was doing this to his body. Realizing that he wanted to be happy, he decided right then that only he could do something about it.
Changing food habits first
“I knew the first thing I needed to do, and that was to change my eating habits,” he says. He wanted an all-in-one program combining nutrition with a weight-training regimen. Digging through YouTube, he found Jeremy Ethier’s Built with Science program. Going into a new year, he started it, using a spreadsheet to calculate his macros and daily calories, and MyFitnessPal to track his meals. Every day since then, he’s logged his meals. He’s even started doing the food shopping for his family.
What made the gym habit stick
Di Benedetto had tried working out in a gym previously, but could never keep up the motivation; he felt like he was wasting his money by not going. This time he found a gym less than five minutes away. He’d take his phone out to watch short videos provided by the program, teaching himself proper form. He actually enjoyed seeing how much stronger he was getting through his workouts, and used an app called GymRun to track them.
Lots of water and broccoli helped sate the cravings for junk food he had at the beginning. And outside of the gym, he made sure to hit 10,000 steps a day, combined with a morning routine of 30 push-ups, ten pull-ups, and, eventually, ten burpees.
In the first four weeks, he dropped almost 6 pounds. “It took about 3 months to really see the results,” he says. “The funny thing was that I did not realize how much my body composition had changed.” But in four months he lost more than 11 pounds.
“My self-confidence was through the roof!” Di Benedetto says. He felt in the best shape of his life. He thanked the supportive Facebook community around the program, as well as monthly progress pics that really helped him see how much he was advancing. His clothes started to feel loose; people at the gym who saw him there six days a week began to ask how he’d gotten in shape so quickly. Now that he’s shredded, he’s looking to lean-bulk while keeping his muscle mass and abs for summer vacation.
“I tell everyone that a lot of my success comes from thinking positive,” he says. The program gave him a roadmap, and his desire to change helped him follow it.
Author: Jesse Hicks
Source: Men’s Health: Simple Changes Helped This Guy Get Shredded Quickly