Look, I'm not going to sit here and suggest losing weight is easy. Hell, for most people, it's about the most difficult thing you can do. It's not just about watching what you eat, it's about adjusting your entire lifestyle and let me tell you, that ain't easy. That being said, if SOMEONE WAS OFFERING ME A MILLION DOLLARS TO LOSE WEIGHT, I WOULD DO IT, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. I'd squat until my legs went numb, sweat until I couldn't see straight, crunches? Bring em' on! A million dollars isn't chump change, it's life changing. So, I'm sorry, when I came across this story about Walter Fisher looking shredded AF after entering a MILLION DOLLAR bet to GET shredded AF—I was neither impressed or surprised.
For those of you unaware of who Fisher is, which is likely considering I don't know anyone who follows professional poker religiously, he's essentially a professional gambler. He wins BIG money and he's good at it, like REAL good. It sounds like a pretty badass lifestyle and honestly, I won't hate on it. However, when it comes to gambling, nothing is guaranteed, and Walter fell upon hard times.
According to the New York Post—
It took less than a month for Fisher to lose it all — and gain between 40 and 50 pounds. He was more than $100,000 in debt, and as his bankroll contracted, his waistline expanded. 'I ordered double veal parms to the poker table; I ate full pizzas,' says Fisher, a Forest Hills native, who ignored friends’ suggestions to slow down. 'I’d lose a bundle at blackjack and eat three or four superrich single-serving chocolate cakes. They had to have [had] more than 1,000 calories each. It was disastrous.' At 6-foot-1, Fisher tipped the scales at 245 pounds, and his spiraling financial losses showed no sign of abating. 'I was broke, big and isolated. People dream of what I had accomplished, and I lost control,' he says."
Alright, so in that capacity I do feel bad for the dude. I'm an emotional-eater myself, I get it! Food is comforting, point blank. Why acknowledge your own sorrow when you can mainline pizza? It's been the coping mechanism of many men and women alike for hundreds of years, but at some point, it becomes a destructive force and based on that description that's exactly what it did to Fisher. Turns out however, self-preservation and will power weren't the right motivators for him, he needed a slightly harder, more expensive kick in the gut.
The New York Post continues—
"An opportunistic gambling acquaintance offered to bet Fisher $100,000 that he could not reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent in six months. Desperate and hungry for change, Fisher booked the bet, tapping two high-stakes friends, Dan Bilzerian (the famous Instagram playboy) and Bill Perkins (a wealthy hedge fund manager who plays poker), for backing.Before the month was out, more than $1 million in wagers had been lined up."
Well, as you might've guessed, Fisher pulled off his goals and then some. He looks damn good! And much happier, might I add. Again, I truly believe any halfway intelligent person could pull off this feat with a money-offer like that, but I will give his efforts the nod. I can barely get out of bed in the morning so, who am I to talk? The NYP revealed some of his workout tips and while it sounds rigorous, it doesn't sound as bad as being poor—
"We started with 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training and an hour of weights, seven days per week,' says Fisher. 'Then we went to 45-minutes of cardio and two hours of high-intensity interval training, plus weights. I ate oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast. I soon put in 10 hours a day, with five hours of cardio. I drank amino acids and glutamine to keep my muscles from breaking down.”
To read the full article, head HERE