The battle of losing weight is a pretty lonely ordeal for most people. And usually, every time someone who’s “out of shape” hits the gym and starts talking to their trainer, they’d get embarrassed of their body and get discouraged to continue. But for fitness instructor Adonis Hill, he knew he could do something to get rid of the insecurities and help his client in a more effective way.
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As part of an 8,000 calories per day challenge for the A&E show Fit to Fat to Fit, Hill, a personal trainer, put on 70 lbs so he could fight the battle of losing weight together with his client. He had a diet of doughnuts for breakfast, pizza or hot dogs for lunch, Oreos for snacks, and he’d have McDonald’s for dinner for three months straight.
In the final month, Hill drank down a gallon of soda per day because his weight gain stopped. Since he drank so much soda, his blood pressure skyrocketed and he was eventually hospitalized. He was told by doctors to stop gaining weight since he could end up doing serious damage to his body, but he has already gained 69 lbs by then.
Hill met Allisa Kane, a teacher who was overweight and was trying to shed pounds. Hill vowed to get slim again alongside Kane.
But according to Hill, losing weight again was harder than he thought. He said, “I was putting in a lot of work in the gym but eating right was hard this time because I was coming off an old addiction. I had to wean myself off unhealthy food.”
And so he did. He got rid of the junk food and had a diet of low-carbohydrates, high-fat, and high-protein.
Hill revealed that he wasn’t always fit either. When he was 27 years old, his business collapsed and he got depressed. And that’s when he started getting fat. He then decided to take up walking and running. At the age of 29, he had lost a total of 100 lbs.
After four months, Hill and Kane lost a total of 115 lbs, Kane losing 58 lbs and Hill losing 57 lbs. Hill’s sacrifice totally paid off as he was able to make Kane lose weight as well. Together, they set on a journey to getting fit and saw the satisfying result at the same time too.
For Adonis Hill, exercising isn’t just for show. It’s a way of life for him, and he said, “It’s so much deeper than lifting weights. It’s where I get my sanity from.”
Hill is now planning to walk 2,797 miles, from New York to California, for 210 days to increase access to spaces people can roll in wheelchairs or walk on. He’s also doing it to promote light exercise and to raise $75,000 for the costs of his trip.