It’s tough enough being a teenager, but being one who is overweight presents all kinds of challenges, particularly from peer pressure and the sneers from unforgiving kids.
Brothers often have a competitive relationship, which can create friction throughout the formative years. Maybe it was that natural sibling competitive drive, or maybe it was just good old-fashioned brotherly love. Whatever it was, the weight loss story of 16-year-old Stephen Rice is an inspiring one that needs to be told.
Stephen’s brother James was spotlighted on DietsinReview.com just a few short weeks ago for his amazing 160-pound weight loss. Not to be outdone, younger brother Stephen had a transformation all his own.
“Months ago, weighing 300 pounds, I decided to try and lose weight after seeing that my brother lost over 150 pounds,” said Stephen. “I went for the challenge, losing about 120 pounds. I am going to be 17 in a few months and I now weigh 180 pounds.”
Losing weight was certainly a challenge for Stephen, but he didnâ€™t go it alone.
“I had a lot of help from my brother… Losing weight was a great choice and I’m a lot happier and healthier.”
Here is more from Stephen on his amazing weight loss transformation:
We found out about you because your brother James was a weight loss success story featured on DietsinReview.com. Please explain how you got motivated to lose weight, and was it related to your brother’s efforts.
I was inspired to lose weight entirely from my brother. I saw how much healthier and happier he was when losing weight and saw it as an inspiration because of the motivation he had not to stop and how much better he was looking. I thought with the help of him, I could be just as happy and healthy too.
What kind of diet did you do to lose weight, and what do you eat now to maintain a healthy weight?
I didnâ€™t follow any weight loss program or anything, but I ate what I thought was healthy and made many of my own choices with many tips and much advice from my brother. He told me what to stay away from, such as foods high in fats, and I tried to stay away from foods with high amounts of carbs. My diet consisted of foods that were high in protein. Now that I have lost weight, I still eat very healthy having high amounts of proteins, but I allow more carbs into my diet. Foods high in fats are still something I stay away from though.
What are your favorite “unhealthy” foods that you treat yourself to now and again?
“Unhealthy” foods that I sometimes treat myself to are things like ice cream, it was very hard to stay away from ice cream, but now I have it sometimes as a treat. I also eat potato salad or macaroni salad at parties as a treat, but try not to make a habit of it.
What was your workout during your weight loss? What do you do now?
During my weight loss I concentrated on a lot of cardio and very long and intense workouts that made me sweat a lot and a little weight lifting to gain muscle. After losing weight, I still work on cardio, but concentrate more on lifting weights to stay healthy and build muscle.
What is the key to your long-term weight loss success?
My key to my long-term weight loss is to find foods that you can enjoy that are healthy. Not all healthy foods taste bad, there are many ways to eat very healthy and enjoy yourself. I try to find foods that I like that are healthy and satisfy me. I’m always coming up with new ways to make healthy foods taste even better, such as healthy ingredients in egg-white omelettes and salads.
Any final thoughts or advice you would like to give readers?
Losing weight naturally is hard work without fat burners and any supplements, but the hard work that is put into losing weight will always pay off in the end when you are a much happier and healthier person. My advice to anyone losing weight is to never give up and put 100 percent into it. Don’t indulge or “treat” yourself until you are satisfied with your weight loss because indulging can often become a bad habit.
Have you lost a significant amount of weight? Tell us your True Weight Loss Story!
June 25th, 2010