“You put on so much weight… it looks good on you!” Stefan Pinto was attending a friend’s engagement party, and as her mother squeezed his plump cheeks (yes, she really did), he silently wondered if being fat meant that he needed reassurance or that he will only look “good” when someone else was happy. At this time Stefan would dine every Friday night Pizza Hut® Stuffed Crust Meat Lovers™ with a serving of do-you-want-to-start-with-some-Burnin’- Hot- Buffalo-Wings?-Yes-please! And an orange soda. Because I needed something sweet. Dessert: a heaping, three-scoop; vanilla, chocolate, chocolate, Baskin Robbins® Build-Your-Own™, banana split, Macadamia and marshmallow sundae. But in the year 2001, something extra ordinary happened to Stefan.
Stefan Pinto completely transformed himself from an out-of-shape, overweight office worker to an in-demand model and actor, through health discoveries all his own. In 2001, he “accidentally” lost over 60lbs/27kg and his life was transformed. He has since appeared on the hit television shows Burn Notice and CSI: Miami. Maury Povich even called his transformation “amazing.” Stefan Pinto was interviewed by The New York Times about his abdominals for a social media promo for Lab Series. He currently writes a national fitness column and lives in Los Angeles. Stefan Pinto is the physical proof of how a different mindset can result in a total life change.
Stefan: “In 2001, the only vegetable I ate was ketchup. I was fat and I kept getting fatter. Unhappy with myself, how I looked and how I felt. I became a general, all-around, pain-in-the-butt, chronic complainer. I began taking over-the-counter pills for seasonal allergies, which easily escalated into more potent meds from my doctor, as apparently, “allergy season was getting worse.” Another doctor prescribed migraine medicine which I even contemplated taking the entire bottle. Following lunch, I would pop a purple pill, to calm excessive heartburn, “a potentially scary, age-related disease that could destroy my esophagus and lead to cancer and eventual death.” That doctor suggested I cut out coffee, and gave me, yet another, prescription. At work, I chewed on berry-flavored TUMS® as I coded web pages for prestigious, Fortune 100 clients. Nighttimes were rubdowns of liniments and gels for stiffness, swelling and pain of early onset arthritis. I was 30 then, and I believed that weight gain, body breakdown, unfamiliar and “strange, that’s not in our family” diseases, overall dissatisfaction and complaining, was a natural by-product of getting older; it felt more acceptable – more reasonable, really– to convince myself, that “the dry cleaner keeps shrinking my clothes!” and “this store is obviously for young people. Nothing here fits!” Depressed and dissatisfied, I ate and shopped.”
Stefan Pinto did the impossible. He lost over 60lbs/27kg and became a well-sought after male model. He invented a diet for people who use Facebook, supported by big brands. He also wrote and published a book "Fat-to-Fit: 50 Easy Ways to Lose Weight" in 2012. Recently Stefan worked with acclaimed Los Angeles photographer David Wagner on an all saying photoshoot, entitled “Play with your Food”. A beautiful gallery of Stefan Pinto in his current looks, accessorized by the things that used to, and in a way still are a big part of his life. The way to a man’s heart goes through his stomach. Maybe that’s true. But that definitely doesn’t mean he needs to loose his shape. –BM-
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