This Man Lost 12cm Around His Waist By Doing MMA

Pull-ups are the silver bullet



Gerhard lost 12cm off his former beer belly. Now he’s added MMA to his training routine, and the kilograms of fat are continuing to evaporate.

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Gerhard Combrink, 35, Randfontein, Handy Man

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Gerhard Before

Weight: 15kg | Waist: 12cm | Chest: 2cm

The Belly Off! Reader Challenge brought wholesale changes into Combrink’s life. First, he quit smoking and drinking. Then he lost 12cm off his former beer belly. Adding MMA to his fitness routine helped him shed even more centimetres.

After three months of committed exercise and a whole new meal plan, Gerhard’s quality of life has dramatically changed. “I feel really good and all my friends have noticed it,” he says. “When you start losing weight, and you look at yourself in the mirror and you can see a difference – there’s nothing better than that. I’m not going to stop.”

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Combrink’s Weight Loss Tips

gerhard combrink balancing on rocks before giving us his weight loss tips1. Mix It Up
“I used Men’s Health workouts, and I play around with the diets as well. The advice that I can give to readers is they must choose the exercises and diet that works for them.”

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2. Pulling Power
Combrink’s silver bullet is pull-ups. “They’re harder than the other exercises but they make you stronger. The same with dips: I can see a big difference in my arms.”

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3. Cut Carbs
“I cut out carbohydrates like potatoes and rice, and swopped potatoes for sweet potatoes. I ate as much green vegetables – like spinach and broccoli – as I could.”

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4. Boost Your Resistance
Get some vitamins and minerals, Combrink advises. “Every time you get sick, you cut out two weeks of training and then you pick up weight again and it’s difficult to come back, so they must make sure they don’t get sick.”

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