Welcome to the How They Did It series, where we spotlight one individual and their body transformation. Learn what they did, and how they did it to succeed at their weight loss journey. Today we are featuring Nasim Muhhamad.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
My name is Nasim Muhhamad. I always had a big frame so I played basketball and football, but football was what I excelled in, as I played linebacker in high school I was about 215 then. I was always one of the strongest and could run for hours.
At 12 my father brought me a weight set (only 5 lbs) and things just rocketed off. I never put them down. Then eventually we got a small bench press. I was also a pianist so I did both non stop.
After being spotted by a few Div 3 schools for football I decided to go the Navy. So I served 8 years and retired early do to an accident on duty. Served 4 years in Japan and 4 in San Diego.
I got out in 07 and got depressed because the transition was very hard for me. I would yo yo diet. I always knew how to work out, I thought, but I would always over train. My diet sucked until I met Tony, and now things are moving sweet.
What Made You Decide to Get Fit and Healthy?
Because for 95% a my life I was always the guy to look to when it came to being the joey bad ass. I would lead the pullups and sit ups in grade school and when training my divisions in the military.
I always was the elite and made sure my friends and family at least came close. So I can’t settle now ever again! I was also certified by ISSA as a personal trainer in 2008, so I’m a role model to friends and family whether I thought so or not.
I want to be here longer so I can help keep my family healthy, and I want to stand clear of any disease you get from being over weight – diabetes, hypertension, strokes or heart attacks!
What is Your Nutrition Philosophy?
The number one habit I have learned is to weigh my food and count calories – best habit I ever could have picked up! And there is a 90:10 rule, so most of the time I am eating clean whole foods and the other small part I might have what I call a luxury snack.
When you eat clean all day and do a luxury snack it helps you get through the day. You have something to look forward to.
Another trick I use is to save most of my calories for night. It helps you sleep better for one and it’s just more pleasurable. Your will power tends to get weaker as the day goes on anyway. So my philosophy is the 90:10 rule.
What is Your Exercise Philosophy?
Well I have stopped focusing on cardio. I think a lot of people make that mistake. We think cardio cardio cardio. But honestly, it’s the weights that transformed my body (and the diet).
Cardio may be a tool you can use to burn some extra calories, but the truth is you really don’t burn as many calories as you think. For example, today on the elliptical it said I burned 500 calories in 45 minutes. Unreal! I might have burned half that.
The key is weight lifting builds muscle, which burns more cals even after the workout. My exercise philosophy is concentrate on your diet, lift heavy, and rest on your rest days.
What Was the Most Important Thing You Learned During Your Transformation?
The most important thing I learned during my transformation was that I could eat whatever I wanted, just in moderation. And if you’re a little hungry throughout the day, guess what, you’re not going to die. lol
Before I met Tony I thought if my stomach wasn’t continually full throughout the day that something was wrong. That’s not the case.
What also helps is drinking a lot of water in between meals and adding volume to your meal with fibrous veggies such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, green beans – the list goes on.
I also learned to cook and shop in bulk and to plan my meals for the week on a free day such as Sunday.
What Mistake(s) Should People Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight?
I would say assess who your true friends are first. Some folks will bring you down. Just be mindful of that.
It’s all about you! Come to terms with that because it’s going to take 100% of your time and effort. I’m a firm believer that if you really want to get down and dirty and make a transformation it’s going to take time, patience, self-discipline, mental toughness and perseverance!
You can do it! Tell yourself that in the mirror daily. In fact, you can write it down and read it every morning as well!!
What Advice Do You Have For Others?
My advice is to stay as active as you can. If you get active now you’ll stay active later on in your transformation. Good habits are what’s key. Calorie counting is number one and it works!
Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. I went through rough times in my transformation. I got hurt numerous times. My mother fell sick. I had to go visit her for a few weeks. I’ve been sick. I overtrained for a bit. So no excuses guys – get it done.
No matter what happend I stayed on my diet and trained. Even when I had to travel I planned accordingly.
The family thought I was nuts because I carried around my coolers like a bodybuilder with my food on ice packs. I mean, you don’t have to take it to that extent, lol, but I think you get the picture.
I’m really an extremist, so I do everything to the fullest. Good luck guys and girls on your transformation. Choose Tony as your Coach. You’ll need the extra support. Also feel free to contact me on Instagram @nasim.muhhamad or Facebook – Nas Shirk Mohamed.
Be sure to check out the past editions of How They Did It. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the How They Did It body transformation series, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’re interested. More details will be provided. Don’t be shy. Your story will inspire others!