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Stephen Rice’s True Weight Loss Story: Down an Amazing 120 Pounds

BEFORE: Stephen (right) with brother James

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 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 didn’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 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.

Stephen after losing 120 pounds

What kind of diet did you do to lose weight, and what do you eat now to maintain a healthy weight?

I didn’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.

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June 25th, 2010

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Cool Man!

posted Jun 28th, 2010 4:50 pm

James Godin

Best Training Strategies to Lose Weight Fast

If you ever been to a doctor, the first thing they do is convince you to do low to moderate intensity aerobic training. This is also referred to as cardio. They suggest you do about 30-60 minutes of steady pace cardio for about 3-5 times in a week. They claim this helps maintain your heart rate at a moderate level.

Before you get involved in such a routine, consider some recent scientific research that gives concrete facts to prove such cardio workouts may not work that well after all.
Our bodies were designed to perform physical activity in bursts of exertion followed by recovery. According to the research study, physical variety is a key variable in your training. If you examine most sports, you will find that most of them go with this burst of exertion, or stop-and-go movement, as it is also called.

Another factor to keep in mind when it comes to varying your physical workouts is the effects to your body internally. Scientists have known for years that any excessive steady state endurance exercise that is anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, only trains the heart rate at a specific level. You don??t get the heart fully involved.

This kind of workout causes muscle wasting, and can even create a condition in your body that can lead to chronic diseases. But if you do stop-and-go type movements, you will find that your body reacts to it in a better manner. Your body will be able to increase anti-oxidant production. Your body will also provide a more anti-inflammatory affect and your metabolic rate will increase. Also, stop-and-go training trains the heart to respond to and recover from a variety of demands and stress levels.

This is what you need. The kind of exercise that trains your heart to rapidly increase and rapidly decrease is the condition that will benefit you more fully. And it has another benefit. It is much more interesting to do and has a better success rate. This means those who used this method, did not drop out.

According to scientific studies, the body does not work well when you try to do isolation exercises. It is better to perform kinetic exercises instead. This means when you are working out, you would use a large portion of your body to train the smaller portions.

If you attempt to do any kind of muscle isolation exercise, what you are really doing is performing single-joint exercises, and that will not work. The body will not function properly that way. In fact, by doing that type of exercise, you are really risking damage or injury to that body part.

In your body, everything is connected together. This means when you workout, every part of your body works out together. When you lift weights, you may do bicep exercises, thinking that will strength your biceps only. But it doesn??t. You are also exercising your triceps, shoulders, and wrists. Do you see what I mean? You are actually working out three areas or muscle groups at the same time.

Of course if you don??t care about what I say and want to end up with joint problems, tendonitis, excess body fat, and other kinds of injuries and illness, go right ahead. But if you are smart, you will understand what I am saying here and will do the right thing, and do the right type of exercise. The end result will be a lean, muscular, injury-free body that will perform at its best.

You will find when doing overall exertion-type exercise, or the type of movement that many trainers refer to as complex, you will not only lose body fat, you will also lose more calories than if you tried to do single-joint workouts. Plus, you also increase your metabolic rate, and stimulate production of more fat burning and muscle building hormones like growth hormone and testosterone.


If you want to find a better way to exercise that will give you tremendous results, you need to pick up a copy of my e-book Fast Track to Fat Loss. Once you do this, you will learn the right way to exercise and will get your body into peak physical condition in no time.

posted Jun 25th, 2010 2:04 pm


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