Family Status: Single
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Starting Weight: 331 pounds
Current Weight: 240 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 100 pounds of fat and then gained 10 pounds of muscle so my net loss was 91 pounds! I also lost 10 inches from my waist.
Vaughn’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
Throughout most of my life, I was teased about my weight and I always kept my frustration and sadness inside. It left me with little to no self-esteem or confidence.
What made you decide to lose weight?
The summer before I left for college, I had to get a physical done. The doctor weighed me and I learned that I weighed over 330 pounds. They told me that I was on the fast-track to diabetes and high-blood pressure. I made the decision to lose weight and as much of it as I could in order to get healthier.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I cut out the junk food, soda and sugary drinks. As well as fried foods and fast food. My mom had been trying to get me to make healthier food choices for a while. I now had to motivation to keep it up. I had to finally incorporate some physical activity into my life as well. Also, I had to get mentally prepared to get in shape and stay focused and motivated.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging part about losing weight was giving up the foods that I loved. I’ve always been a snacker and loved to eat junk food on a daily basis. That’s where the majority of my weight gain throughout high school came from. Just staying motivated was hard enough, I knew I wanted to live a long and healthy life so I had to do the hard work and put my mind to it.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
After that trip from the doctor, I started small by cutting out the junk and eating smaller portions and no late night munching either. By doing that alone, I lost 10 pounds. Once I got to school, I started going to the gym regularly and the weight literally sweated itself off. Everything pretty much happened for me rather quickly.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
By the end of the school year, I had lost 100 pounds. Since that time, I’ve been focusing on burning fat and building more muscle. I’ve put on about 10 pounds of muscle and I’m still going strong on my “Slim & Sexy” campaign as I like to call it.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I’ve maintained my weight loss for almost two years. I workout six days a week and still eat relatively healthy. I still have the same drive and determination to be healthy since that trip to the doctor. This is a permanent lifestyle change and I don’t see myself relapsing into eating habits that got me to being overweight.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have much more energy to just get up and be active. I’ve been become much more self-confident with my appearance. People always ask for me weight loss and my family and friends are extremely proud of me. Overall, I’m just in a happier and healthier place.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
I’m always searching for new information on weight loss and exercise. I like to challenge myself and attempt new workout techniques and routines on this website.
Vaughn’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Replace the word diet with “lifestyle change” if you want to achieve results and maintain them.
Weight loss tip #2:
Take pictures to track your progress.
Weight loss tip #3:
Challenge yourself and look for different workout routines.
Weight loss tip #4:
Cut the late night snacking.
Weight loss tip #5:
Vaughn’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Usually I’ll have scrambled eggs with wheat toast or a bowl of Special K cereal with a low-fat yogurt.
Grilled chicken or turkey burgers and vegetables.
Baked/grilled chicken, vegetables and brown rice. Granola bars, graham crackers, yogurt, rice cakes, cereal bars, fruit.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Granola bars, graham crackers, yogurt, rice cakes, cereal bars, fruit.
Vaughn’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I usually do about 30 minutes of weightlifting. Each day is a different body part to work. It could be chest and arms one day, then legs the next day, etc.
I always have my 35 minutes of cardio in all of my workouts. I prefer to run on the treadmill even though I hate running in general. I feel accomplished after a good sweaty cardio session.