Family Status: Single
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Starting Weight: 345 pounds
Current Weight: 205 pounds
Current Waist Size: 34-36″
William’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost 140 pounds in 9 months!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
I was overweight my whole life and accepted my “fate” as being overweight. I played football in college and once my career ended, my weight ballooned to well over 300 pounds. I’m not exactly sure how much over 300 I was because the scale shot straight to 300 when I got on and, like most non-digital scales, stopped at 300 pounds. I was probably around 345 pounds!
What made you decide to lose weight?
I suffered a heart attack at the age of 27 so the fear of dying is basically what did it for me.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Self doubt in wondering if I was in fact meant to be overweight or if there was actually hope for me to be skinny.
Within the first month I saw immediate results because I was so large. Within 9 months, I was down 140+ pounds. I know that because one of my best friend’s weddings was on New Years and the tailors kind of hated me because I was constantly being refitted.
It took 9 months to reach my current weight.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have maintained my weight for 7 years!
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
What motivates me is my desire to be an example for those looking to lose weight. When I was losing weight, there was no one that I could look at and say “he/she is just like me and If they can do it, I can do it.” I want to be a face of hope and the face of change.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
Not much aside from being able to reach others looking for help.
Take things day by day. You didn’t gain all the weight overnight. You won’t lose it that way either. Look at each pound lost as what it is, one pound. If you try to take on your total weight loss goal all at once, you’ll be severely overwhelmed. Make smart choices and don’t go for a complete overhaul. Pick one thing and make it a priority. For example; wake up at the same time every day. Once that becomes routine then choose a new priority. That’s how a true lifestyle change happens.
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Be ready for what comes. Be open-minded and willing to learn. It’s trial and error.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Stay focused but give yourself a little room for error.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
William’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Eggs, chicken sausage, avocado and hot sauce!
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Lean protein and vegetables. I try to eat as close to its natural source.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Ground turkey, black beans and avocado.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Slim Jim meat sticks.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids).
William’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I like doing HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training).
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
For cardio, I like boxing and running sprints.