As a child, Levi was bullied in school and struggled to gain self-confidence, so he ended up finding solace in food. “I was extremely shy, I couldn’t speak in front of people, I couldn’t speak at people, ”he said.
In a new episode of Truly’s transformation series A whole new meLevi remembers how he continued to “eat his feelings” into adulthood, resulting in continued weight gain that threatened his health. It wasn’t until the age of 32 that Levi began to realize just how serious his situation was.
“I got to a point where I still weighed myself every now and then, and it just said ‘mistake’ on the scale,” he says. “One day at work, I passed out in the bathroom. I had a huge pain in my chest … I went [to the hospital] the next day, and my blood pressure was through the roof. They did an ECG on my heart, and they basically said the next one would be a massive heart attack. It was then that I discovered that I weighed 405 pounds.
“You have to hit rock bottom before you actually see a change,” he continues. “I came home, and my grandson Julian, I looked at him, and I told this boy that I would be there every step of the way. And that was the day that everything changed.”
Over the next three years, by revising his diet and committing to daily exercise, Levi ended up losing a total of 230 pounds, well over half of his original weight. He currently consumes 3,900 calories per day because of his very high level of physical activity. This is due to a passion he discovered during his training: bodybuilding.
“I’ve always had a passion for bodybuilding, because I grew up watching wrestling,” he explains. “I said to my wife, ‘I’m doing a physics competition … I’m going to take the stage in my underwear and pose!’ I did a bodybuilding competition in November 2019, did my own prep, did my own diet, and fell to 175 lbs. I’m 6’1, so it’s very skinny, very skinny. So I put on some weight back and reached a comfortable weight of 200 pounds. “
These days, Levi spends an hour and a half in the gym, every day, six days a week. He currently lifts 465 pounds and is in the process of climbing to 500, with a goal of 585.
“When I go to workout, if I’m having a bad day, I never take her home,” he says. “I want to be the best version of myself, mentally, physically, emotionally. I’m not so shy and lacking in self-confidence anymore. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, I’m more handsome than ever. , and I know it and I own it. “
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