Lionell Dixon has done something few people his age can claim. He’s transformed his obese body and in the process, his life, by losing an astounding 150 pounds!
At his highest weight, the now 31-year-old was about 315 pounds, and today at 5 feet 11 inches, he stands confidently at 165 pounds.
Today Mr. Dixon is the epitome of fitness and our Healthy Man of the Month. But he still recalls more than a decade ago, being a out of control ‘stress eater’ with low self-esteem.
“In 2004, I was in a very unhealthy relationship and it affected me a lot. I ended up going to Miami for the first time in my life with friends, and I saw how well other people lived. How people looked. I saw a guy with a body that I always wanted. It forced me to confront myself, my situation.”
Candid about his earlier bad eating habits, he confesses to a diet with a lot of unhealthy, fattening, and sugary foods.
He says, “I come from a family who dealt a lot with heart attacks, diabetes, and all that. But I never went to the doctor to find out if I had diabetes because I didn’t want to deal with it.” But that was then.
Dixon’s unconventional health journey started with sheer determination, no real assistance from a physician, nutritionist, etc. He was ready and became obsessed with his fitness goal.
“I started by cutting out junk food and eating a low-carb, high-protein diet. The Atkins diet was popular and I did that and went to the gym a lot. It was not easy when I started but after I dropped to 275 pounds, I hit a groove.”
In addition to the changes in diet, there was working out twice a day, 2 to 3 hours at a time, both day and night. Then the life change of meditating and dealing with stress differently, healthier.
Today, not only is the New Jersey resident in love and married to a woman who supports him but he’s going public with his story in a new book, ‘Out of the Shadows’ and he’s started doing fitness competitions. And to match his physical transformation, he’s changing his moniker to Lonnie Fresh.
Since going from obese to outstanding, Mr. Fresh says he’s extremely happy with his results and that ‘life feels real good.”
Walker Tisdale is the Executive Editor of Healthyblackmen.org and resides in metro Atlanta.