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How This Veteran Lost 113 Pounds and Started Competing in Bodybuilding Shows ?

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How This Veteran Lost 113 Pounds and Started Competing in Bodybuilding Shows ? How This Veteran Lost 113 Pounds and Started Competing in Bodybuilding Shows ?

How This Veteran Lost 113 Pounds and Started Competing in Bodybuilding Shows ?






Jason Hilger spent nine years in the Army as an Infantry soldier. At the time, he described himself as ?Army fit? ? his diet consisted of pizza, beer and burgers, but he could still throw 150 pounds on his back and pound out some cardio when he needed to.

?We didn?t have that chiseled look like an athlete, but we were fit and could run forever and walk for days,? he recalls.

About two years after he left the Army and returned home to Circle Pines, Minnesota, Hilger started working in construction to get himself through college, as he had started school to become an airline pilot. He first needed to become a flight instructor, which came with little pay and long hours. At the time, Hilger had a newborn to take care of, a house to pay for and a pile of debt ? that?s when all the stress really started to hit him.

So fast food in large quantities became the norm. Hilger would down a 12-pack of Coke a day (equivalent to nearly 1,700 calories). When he ordered a jumbo deluxe burger from Culver?s, he?d make it a triple, so instead of three patties he?d get nine. His motivation to exercise was shot, so from about 2001 to 2007, the number on Hilger?s scale steadily rose. By 2009, he hit his heaviest weight of 298 pounds (which you can see in the ?before? photo above, taken by his doctor.)

While he had no heart health issues, his doctor still recommended that he consider lap-band surgery, a procedure that would result in a silicone band being placed around the top part of his stomach to restrict food intake. During their first meeting, his doctors told him that he would have to lose at least 30 pounds on his own before the surgery.

?If I?ve gone that far, there?s no need to pay $12,000 when I could just do this on my own,? Hilger recalls.

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But he went through all of the weight-loss classes as if he was going through with it, and that?s when he really started to make some changes. The very first thing he needed to do was control how much he was eating. With the help of MyFitnessPal, Hilger started documenting everything he ate ? but that doesn?t mean his diet automatically transformed into fish and salads.

?For about the first six months to a year, I was just controlling calories and learning how to live off of less food. So instead of a whole pizza, I?d just have one slice,? he says.
After losing about 30 pounds in the first few months, Hilger started walking every day after dinner. After losing another 20 pounds, he got his first gym membership and started running on the treadmill. To keep his progress going, Hilger followed a meal plan and workout routine using an online nutritionist and trainer. That?s when he started to learn more about macronutrients and how to split up his calories between protein, carbs and fat. He continued to rev his metabolism through daily cardio.

Within two years, he was down to 185 pounds. But he lacked the muscle definition that he ...


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