Morbid obesity has almost cost Austin Bruso his life, but not before he takes it himself. At age 23, Bruso weighed 355 pounds and 50 percent body fat. The food was the vice since childhood – especially fast food in large quantities.
"My target for Taco Bell was four beef quesaritos with potatoes, 4-8 Cinnabon Delights and two ranch Doritos Locos tacos," he says.
When his doctor diagnosed a series of life-threatening illnesses due to his weight, Bruso could not find a way out after so many years of food abuse and complete dependence on food as a coping mechanism. Bruso felt helpless and gave in to his desperation.
After a failed suicide attempt, he decided to reclaim his life and make a positive change. Bruso first tried the therapy. It is a life-changing tool for many who are freeing themselves from problems with deep foods, but there he has not found his freedom. It was a single moment that gave him the power to turn the script over ̵
"The onslaught of" Holy Crap, I can do that "was powerful at the moment," says Bruso. "Once in my life, I was proud of myself, that was one of the crucial moments of my recovery, which changed me."
Bruso took advantage of his small but deep moment. He focused on simply eating less, reaching 205 pounds in a year.
"Do not convince yourself that you are condemned to being locked up in your mind and body for life," he says. "The truth is that only you can save yourself, you just have to be ready to take part in your own salvation."
Every turning point will be different. For Bruso, he began his decision to help himself.
This is his story.
Snapshot: Austin Bruso
- Height: 5 "
- Weight: 205 lbs.
- Location: Tyler, Texas
- Occupation: Personal Trainer
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How was your life before your transformation?
When I grew up, I ate what I wanted and definitely had no health Nutrition I started to gain weight only at 14, and for some reason, my appetite increased significantly, but I was working in the security industry shortly before the changeover. "But I did not feel like much in everything I did My only source of luck was consuming huge amounts of food all day long. Enough to get a whole fourk to feed the family. I lived to eat instead of eating to live.
Was there an aha moment for you that triggered your desire to change?
On October 28, 2017, I stepped on the scales My weight had reached a heart rate of 355 pounds. My doctor diagnosed me with fatty liver disease, acid reflux, pre-diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol and told me that I was about to die. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided to commit suicide. Thanks to a malfunction of the gun with my rifle, I survived.
I put the gun back in the case, and that was the last time I touched it. For my own safety, I had to sell it. I realized that the transformation had to start with my mind. I knew it was time to act massively and change.
What was your first step?
Determined to break the cycle, I decided to attend a meeting with Food Addicts [Anonymous]. At my first meeting, one after the other, we introduced ourselves. It was my turn. "Hello, my name is Austin and I'm addicted to food." After introducing ourselves, the keynote speaker of the day gave a one-hour speech about her story. What surprised me was that you could not say the name of a food, you could only describe it. "It was a round, spongy meal," she said. The whole thing made me fight to curb my laughter. It came to my mind: "How many people are successful with it?" After the meeting, I knew that would not work for me.
Feeling hopeless on the way home, I had to score my goal. Taco Bell called my name. I drove into the transit. My heart was racing. "Should I lose the weight or not?" I thought. Cars were behind me. There was no way out. "Welcome to Taco Bell, what can I get for you?" boomed through the speaker. "I'll take four … wait … a beef quesarito with potatoes, a Doritos Locos taco and a two-pack of Cinnamon Delights."
That was a significant step forward for me. It felt amazing.
How did you achieve your goals?
It was really mainly diet. Most people are shocked when I tell them how little I have trained. I spent three hours a week in the gym. But first I had to break this addiction to food. If the meetings did not work, I had to find out what worked alone. I ate one meal a day most of the time and used the flexible diet method, meaning that there were no restrictions for certain food groups. My intake was never less than 2,000 calories a day and I had taken several unremarkable cheating or cheating days throughout my journey.
My only big meal a day was usually chicken, pasta, and mixed vegetables. By October 27, 2018, my weight had dropped to 205 pounds, and I had gone from size 48 jeans to size 34. I finally felt free.
What did your training plan look like?  I performed three full-body sessions per week with three sets of 10 reps for each exercise.
Here is the basic template. I would choose a different exercise for each category:
- Squat, Lunge or Leg Press
- Hinge exercise, thigh muscle dominant
- Horizontal Push
- Horizontal Pull
- Vertical Push
- Vertical Pull
- Weak Points
What were your biggest motivators when you embarked on this journey?
One of my biggest motivations for losing weight was helping to inspire other people who use food as a drug to let them know that they are not alone and that there is a way out. The second biggest reason was that I was tired of not being able to make "normal sized" people, such as building a single seat in airplanes and walking, without fainting after a few minutes. The third reason was that I was tired of feeling alone. Losing weight has greatly increased my self-confidence, and I felt more comfortable talking to people I came across and making it easier to make friends.
What was the hardest aspect of your journey?
The mind games that constantly struggle with debilitating fears and depressions. And also dealing with emotional and / or binge eating problems. It's a game I thought was almost impossible after years of rebound dieting. Nocturnal fast food runs kept me hostage for three years. It was an addiction; I would do anything to get the next hit.
How has Bodybuilding.com helped you achieve your goals?
The forums were a great help. Reading some of the articles and transformation stories also helped me stay on track.
What are your future plans or goals with fitness?
My goal and mission in life has become to help people who are doing this overweight, conquer the battle in their minds and help them get in shape by giving them accountability, safety and security Give guidance and do my best to keep you motivated.
If you could give some advice to someone who wants to make a big transformation like yours, what would it be?
You may feel trapped, but you must know that there is a way out. Find people who can relate to you and help them stay in charge and give guidance. If necessary, contact a therapist. Do not be ashamed. If you are struggling with your weight in addition to anxiety, depression and / or suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone. Do not use food to deal with trauma. It is not the solution. When I learned that the negative feelings would subside after a while, my life has changed. It will happen. Fighting with your mind and body is not a lifelong sentence.
If you or someone you know is suicidal, you're not alone. For more information, resources, and support, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.