Family Status: Married
Hometown: Yorba Linda, California
Starting Weight: 220 pounds
Current Weight: 175 pounds (after gaining 25 pounds of muscle)
Current Waist Size: 30″
Leonardo’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose?
I lost 70 pounds and 12 inches! My waist size is now a 30!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I gained weight as an adult because of my unhealthy eating habits.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high levels of LDL, a low HDL along with a vitamin deficiency.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I completely eliminated all sweetened drinks, processed sugar, processed foods, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I started consuming fruits and vegetables while incorporating cycling and weightlifting into my fitness regimen.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
I had to deal with my wife’s insecurities after dropping pound after pound and successfully losing weight.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I started seeing results within a month.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I lost 70 pounds in 6 months and got down to 150 pounds. I then gained 25 pounds of lean muscle mass and I’m now 175 pounds.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I’ve maintained my weight for 3 years. I set my goals so high that people are laughing at me. My ultimate goal is to become the first 100 year-old person who can still swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in less than 17 hours. In other words, I WILL become the first 100 year-old person in 2071 who can still do an Ironman providing I don’t get shot by a jealous wife or run over by a bus full of nuns 🙂
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
The awesome changes I see when I look at myself in the mirror.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
For the first time in my life I possess the ability to choose my own direction in life and where my paths may lead. I control the surrounding influences that inspire and motivate me. My will to succeed is a powerful force and with it, I can now accomplish anything I wish.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
It’s valuable knowledge to have a complete understanding of why certain things happen. Any new knowledge you gain and retain will help you tremendously in finding new ways to improve yourself in your journey to change your lifestyle. Never cease to imagine how you can develop and initiate change. Keep challenging yourself to create an innovative and successful plan towards all improvements you seek.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s weight loss stories are very inspirational.
Leonardo’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Completely eliminate all sweetened drinks, processed sugar, processed food, GMOs, and anything that has no nutritional value. Get these things out of your life forever!
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Embrace the transition to a raw vegan lifestyle.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
Drink plenty of water.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Exercise, exercise and more exercise!
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Set your goals so high that people laugh at you and don’t stop until you get there.
Leonardo’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
A smoothie that includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and protein powder.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Same as breakfast. A smoothie that includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and protein powder.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Same as lunch. A smoothie that includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and protein powder.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
I take a B-complex (most importantly B12 and D3), calcium including all of its co-factors and antioxidants.
Leonardo’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I like strength training and weight lifting.
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
My cardio includes cycling, the elliptical machine, the treadmill, swimming and running.