Flavio Got His Life Back By Losing Weight

Author: Adam Macdougall   Date Posted:30 May 2019 


Flavio, 52, Glenmore Park



How I Got Here

In 2016, I went to the doctor for some blood work, and the results that came back weren't good. My cholesterol was high, I was bordering diabetes, my liver was in a bad way and I was obese. The doctor told me I needed to make some serious changes in my life. Like a lot of blokes, however, I didn't take my doctor's advice and continued on with my ways. 

At the time, my diet left a lot to be desired. I rarely ate breakfast and lunch and drank 4 or more cans of soft drink every day. Because I'm on the road most of the day with my job, I was always on the go and never really took a chance to eat healthily or prepare meals. It didn't help that I had a sweet tooth and craved chocolate and soft drinks all the time either.

Weighing in at 115kg, I was tired all the time and I couldn't sleep through the night.

My wife was constantly saying to me that I needed to do something about my weight, but I never took her seriously. Eventually, she just gave up on it.

It took me about two to three weeks after the diagnosis before I decided to do something about it. With my wife supporting me, I decided it was time to get serious.


Getting Started

When I decided I was going to do something about it, I immediately cut back on all the crap I was eating. It was hard cutting out the caramel lattes, soft drink, and chocolate, but I knew I had to do it. 

I got talking to one of my mates at the races one day, and he said he had lost 17kg on The Man Shake. After a bit of research on it, I decided to give it a crack. 

I started having The Man Shake for breakfast and lunch with a piece of fruit for my two snacks, and a healthy meal at night. While my night time meals had been relatively healthy before, it was the portion size that I now had to work on. I also started walking 5km's every night when I got home from work. 

The first couple of weeks were a bit disheartening having only lost 5 kilograms, but I knew I had to push on. 

I signed up for the 10 Week Man Challenge a few weeks in and found it fitted into my routine well. I'd still go for my walk in the afternoon, but I'd then do the 10-minute workout most evenings on top.

My wife started preparing some of the meals I found on The Man Shake site, and they turned out to be really easy and quick to make, and super yummy and filling. 

Within a month, the results were showing. My clothes were coming too big for me, and I had to buy a belt to keep my pants up. 

Flavio lost 31 kilograms in 12 months.

I had a new set of blood tests done a year later, and everything had completely turned around. My liver was fine, my cholesterol was within normal limits, and I was no longer anywhere near the risk of diabetes. My doctors were amazed at my results.

I've now gone from an XXL shirt to a Medium, and 102 work shorts to an 87. I'm still losing weight, setting reasonable goals and walking every night, and now I actually look forward to doing it all. 


If Someone Is Out There Thinking Of Starting, What Would You Say To Them?

If you're starting out, just do it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I have lost so much weight but I have gained my life back. I owe everything to the Man Shake people/staff for their continuous support, as well as my Wife's continued love and support.

Don't set yourself massive goals. Go step by step; 2 kilograms at a time; and acknowledge the little achievements.