Zwe Dlamini hid behind baggy clothes until he chose to start living healthily

NAME ZWE DLAMINI

AGE 28

OCCUPATION MACHINE AREA SPECIALIST

HEIGHT 1.78M

TIME REQUIRED 7 MONTHS

WEIGHT BEFORE 108KG

WEIGHT AFTER 82KG

THE GAIN

Even as a youngster, I was overweight and inactive. Ten years ago my aunt gave me her gym membership and it felt good just to be a member of a gym, even if I never did any exercise. Unfortunately, bad nutritional habits crept in and pushed me into the obese category. I hid behind baggy clothes. I picked up weight steadily until seven months ago, at the age of 28, I weighed a shocking 108kg

THE CHANGE

I started getting worried when I had a check-up and my cholesterol, weight and blood pressure measurements were through the roof! Also, my family complained about my snoring. My weight was affecting my health and I started having breathing problems. I was always tired and going up a flight of stairs was mission impossible. One day I was watching Oprah and she said, “If you are fat, you don’t love yourself…” This gave me all the motivation I needed to start living healthily.

THE STRATEGY

I set myself realistic short-term goals, with a long-term goal to feature on the cover of this magazine. I researched nutritional principles and training strategies and am still guided along by many inspiring bodybuilders and people who are health conscious. I formulated a balanced eating plan, coupled with a six-day-a-week training schedule consisting of an hour’s worth of alternating weights and cardio workouts.

THE RESULT

I’ve gone from 108kg, with 34 percent body fat, to 82kg, with 10 percent body fat. I shed 26kg and 24 percent of my body fat.

THE REWARD

The biggest reward? A tremendous gain in self-confidence. The girls look at me differently now, especially the ones I dated in the past! I’m a size 34, compared to the 40 that I was, and now when I walk into shops they actually have my size! If you do not have an hour in your day to exercise, it means that everything else you’re doing is more important than your health, which obviously it’s not.