• Stephen Sieminkewicz ate nearly 3500 calories a day, which led to steady weight gain when he was in his mid-thirties.
• Thanks to a simple change in diet and weekly meal preparation, Sieminkewicz managed to get his calorie intake under control.
• The new, stricter diet resulted in a dramatic weight loss of 56 pounds in just 8 months.
Stephen Sieminkewicz believed his job prevented him from becoming overweight. The 32-year-old car dealer from Raleigh, North Carolina, suggested that the hard, physical work he had to do with cars all day meant he burned enough calories.
But when he was thirty years old and a new daughter was on his way, he felt exhausted and tired. At 5'8 "and 21
The weight was not exactly a new development – Sieminkewicz says he has been heavy since graduation. Although he had a physically demanding job, he did not train regularly and his diet needed urgent improvement. "I've never really learned how to eat well when I grew up, and that continued in the twenties," he says. "I used to eat lunch every day, have dinner and eat snacks until I was full every night." He consumed 3000 to 3500 calories a day, most of it from sugar-rich junk food.
So he concentrated on tackling his diet problem. He used a food scale and MyFitnessPal, a calorie counting app. "Just keeping track of what touches my lips has made it so much easier to see where to focus," he says. "The meal, which prepares a measured lunch, and the healthy breakfast after training from the gym, makes it easier for most of my days."
It's a pretty simple diet: three eggs or one protein Shake for breakfast, then a bowl for lunch with chicken, rice, corn and salsa. He eats nuts and fruits, and dinner consists mainly of protein and vegetables. (He also praises his wife's excellent food for delivering a variety of new and healthy meals.)