Neil Burns’ 370 pound weight loss is quite an inspiring story that the man himself not only tells but has lived through and shared on Good Morning America on the Friday, June 1, 2012 episode. Check out the videos below.
Alongside Chris Powell, the transformation specialist and trainer of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, the 44-year-old from Richmond, Kentucky spoke with the co-anchor Josh Elliott live in Times Square about this remarkable journey and how it has transformed his life.
Far away physically and emotionally from the 680 pound man he once was two years ago, the dramatically leaner 6-foot-four father now has a “Skinny List” of dozens of tasks, pastimes and activities he engages in easily now and that had once been an impossibility — “brushing my teeth without losing my breath” and “go horseback riding” among them. His back story is revealed in the first video below; scroll down to find out about his diet and exercise program and the second video, his live appearance in Times Square.
How he lost the weight:
“From the photo albums to his closet, it’s easy to see how far Burns has come over the past 23 months. His old shorts, sizes 8-XL, are far too big now, and his watch swims around his wrist.
Burns’ first step was to get on a healthy eating plan. A former fast-food fanatic, he used to eat about 10,000 calories a day, subsisting on value meals at places like McDonald’s and Dairy Queen. Plus, he said he’d drink a staggering 24 sodas each day. He traded all of that in for an 1,800 calorie a day diet of healthy staples, including turkey sandwiches, spinach salads with chicken and protein shakes.
Next he slowly introduced exercise into his life. Burns worked his way up to an intense exercise regimen – an hour and a half of weight-lifting in the morning and then cardio at the gym at night. His two-a-day workouts burn an average of 1,000 calories a day.”
Now that he has lost significant weight, he has a definitive plan to stay focused and motivated until he reaches his ultimate goal — 270 to 280 pounds as a final weight. His plan puts an emphasis on accountability:
The last component is what Burns calls his “Jedi mind tricks” – what he does to keep himself mentally in the game. First, he, says, commit to a workout buddy.
“I have a friend, Tanya, and if I don’t show up at the gym, she is going to call me!” Burns said. He credits his support system of friends and family as one of the most important things that kept him going.
Second, his most important policy: Admit when you cheat.
“I yell at myself and say out loud, ‘I just ate an 18-inch pizza and a two liter of Mountain Dew.’ [I] yell … and get all of my anger out,” he said. “Getting it out in the open. It’s just the only way to go.”
Check out the full article and see his before and after photos here.
The full live interview video is below, featuring Chris Powell, who is now a bestselling author of the book Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution that outlines the diet and exercise plan that has helped many participants on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which will have its season 2 premiere on Sun. June 3, 2012.
Chris Powell and Neil Burns hold up a pair of the shorts he wore when he weighted nearly 700 pounds and Burns talks about how he now finds fitness fun and that he is a Zumba instructor; this keeps him motivated as he eventually makes the transition to weight management. He finds further motivation, he says, in reviewing the aforementioned “skinny list.”
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