How This Man Lost 42kgs In Just Seven Months

Ross McAslan turned his body and life around by conquering mental and physical obstacles.


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 It’s hard to visualise 42kg. For reference, that’s 84 tubs of butter (!). Ross McAslan lost that in just seven months, and ended up looking like a fitness model. His secret formula? Dealing with the emotions controlling his appetite, and recruiting the best help. Here’s his advice:

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Ross McAslan

LOCATION: Cape Town

OCCUPATION: Branch Manager for DEMCA Actuation

AGE: 40

HEIGHT: 1.86m

WEIGHT BEFORE: 140kg

WEIGHT AFTER: 98kg

TIME TO GOAL: 7 months

 

1. The Problem

“Food was my emotional escape. I spent most of my childhood overweight.

When I went to high school, the awareness of my size kicked in, and I managed to lose most of my bad weight through overtraining and unhealthy dieting. I maintained that until the age of 26 – but my relationship with training and food wasn’t a healthy one. Over the next four years, I ballooned to 140kg.”

The Lesson: “Even though I became more skilled at dealing with the symptoms, I never addressed the cause: emotional eating. It’s only in the last 18 months that I’ve taken control, through developing a healthy relationship with food and training.”

2. The Changeross mcaslan belly off weightloss fitness

“My turning point came at the age of 30, after I had just returned from a holiday in Thailand with friends. I was miserable; and weighing in at 140kg with a size 42 waist, I looked like the guy who ate Ross. I blamed my weight for every shortcoming in my life, and I made a decision that no matter how long it took, I would take the necessary steps to change.”

The Lesson: “The temporary emotional fix of binge eating and couch surfing over a period of four years had led to depression – and left me with a huge mountain to climb in terms of living a healthy life. As the saying goes, short-term gain equals long-term pain.”

3. The Strategy

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“I bought a heart-rate monitor, as the fear of having a heart attack in the gym was real. I sought nutritional advice from a dietician to clean up my diet, and went to gym five to six days a week for an hour a day, combining weight and cardiovascular training. Despite looking completely out of place in the gym, I kept telling myself that the feeling was temporary, and I kept going back. It took seven months of continuous effort to get me to my goals.”

The Lesson: “The greatest mountains are scaled one step at a time, and one day at a time. Even the tiniest step forward moves you closer to where you want to be.”

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4. The Result

 “My passion for fitness has ultimately led me to train with my current trainer, Harry Johnson. At the age of 40, I’m fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been. Our training sessions are based on science, and by rotating between power, aerobic and lactic-acid training methodologies, I’m constantly progressing, while maintaining an athletic appearance.”

The Lesson: “My issues with weight held me back for the majority of my life, but the journey I’ve travelled now allows me to give back to others. That is what ultimately provides me with my greatest sense of accomplishment.”

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