From a super obese boy to a fitness inspiration featured in national magazines and TV shows, Austin Shifflett takes weight loss transformation stories to a whole new level. After shedding half his weight – almost 166 lbs or 70 kg – within just a year, the Virginia sensation looks like a Calvin Klein model now. His amazing journey of self-improvement can inspire you to follow a healthier lifestyle without consuming junk and skipping the gym today.
The boy started to rapidly gain weight when he turned 13. An overweight teenager became an easy object of ridicule among his peers. Sadly that instead of support, he got lame and often insulting nicknames.
Austin started to skip classes to avoid being called ‘fat boy’, locked himself in his room, and played video games 24/7. Depressed, he turned to more food for comfort. Three-egg omelets, hash browns, pancakes, fries, double quarter pound cheeseburgers, and milkshakes. This is what he used to indulge himself on a daily basis in his heaviest days.
The rejection he endured and his subsequent escape from reality might have killed him. Austin was diagnosed as being borderline diabetic. The morbidly obese boy realized his lifestyle would have disastrous consequences when he stepped on the scales at his friend’s house. He was speechless when the scale tipped the 324 lbs mark.
The shocked fellow decided to ask his grandmother for advice. His nana suggested Austin to try Dr. Atkins’ diet. Proponents of this diet claim that you can shift pounds eating as much protein and fat as you wish, as long as you avoid consuming carbohydrate-rich foods. It limits a person’s intake of sugar and sugary drinks, cereals, snacks, potatoes, bread, etc, so the body burns body fat for fuel. This approach results in a dramatic weight loss, even though more calories are being consumed.
Having been proven by over 80 clinical studies, the principles of Dr. Atkins demonstrated miraculous effects once again. Austin forced himself to ditch junk food and stick to a protein-packed diet plan. In the first week of his endeavor, he lost 9 lbs. That was just the beginning. It came as no surprise that our “chunky-monkey” was hugely impressed and immediately got hooked on the idea of transforming his body and changing his life. In the first three months, the ugly duckling lost almost 80 lbs pursuing his swan dream.
To enhance the success, Austin started going to the gym. Afraid that some bully would bump into him in a fitness haven, the shy champ exercised only at 1 a.m. His astonishing determination and sacrifice was more than fruitful: he lost 156lb within ten months!
“I want to tell others you have to learn to accept the failures. I failed many times, but you can’t give up. You didn’t gain the weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight either.”
Feeling frustrated with his body, Austin changed his lifestyle and he managed to reach his fitness goals. The transformation changed Austin’s life in many ways. After being as shy and insecure as a turtle hiding in its shell for years, the drastic weight loss boosted his confidence levels, as well as having strong success with the opposite sex.
He earned the respect and admiration of thousands of fans after he lost half her body weight. Moreover, his former bullies contact him for giving them fitness advice. Lucky for them, he doesn’t hold grudges towards anyone who poked fun at him at school.