He recognized he needed to change. He wanted to be more active, though at first he didnt focus specifically on weight loss. He started running, but since he was training, he also started eating morethat didnt give him the results he wanted. In fact, it made things worse.

Scotti then turned to a professional trainer, enrolling with Ultimate Performance. He quickly settled on three lifestyle changes: hitting 12,000 to 16,000 steps a day, eating fewer calories than he burned, and training three days a week. I sold my car and started walking everywhere, he says. He started learning more about cooking, including how to maximize the volume and energy content of his meals (depending on where he was in the program), and prepare food that still tasted good.

For someone whod never set foot in a gym before, the initial training was intense. He started out training his large muscle groups, followed by high-intensity workouts. The first month really challenged him, he says, but his trainer, Yash Jeswani, supported him all the way. Seeing the results, Scotti says, there is nothing like having a weekly feedback to keep you motivated. He later shifted to pure weight training.

In 38 weeks he lost 95 pounds. For someone who thought of himself as normally overweight, hes discovered a number of profound changes. He gets sick less, and has no more headaches. Hes able to do more activities with his childrenhiking, swimming, and running. He found that he actually really likes walking, which has become a way for him to relax and let his everyday stresses melt away. And he feels mentally quicker. I feel like I am always at 150 percent, he says. My brain is in overdrive continuously.

3 Simple Changes Helped This Guy Lose 100 Pounds
3 Simple Changes Helped This Guy Lose 100 Pounds
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The change was so pronounced that its taken him some time to get used to it. When I walk on the street and see my reflection on shop-fronts I dont recognize myself, he says. (His own mother didnt recognize him when he picked her up from the airport.) He compares it to having a new bodyone whose limits hes eager to test. Hes eager to build more strength and see just how far he can go.

Looking back, he realizes a couple things about the process. It sounds stupid, he says, but realizing that being overweight was not a permanent condition was a big realization for me. For too long he thought his body was out of his control, due to metabolism or genetics. Once he let go of that idea, everything was much easier than he expected. It is a simple process, he says. Follow it and you have resultsfollow it for a long time and you have big results."