#bern200 – How To Gain 225 Pounds In Eight Years


Depending on when you met me, you wouldn’t believe how much my weight has changed over the past 11 years. I used to share pictures of myself from 2002-04 with strangers to show them that I wasn’t fat all of my life. One of the most common questions that I’ve been asked is how I went from graduating from high school in 2002 weighing 180 pounds, to tipping the scales at well over 400 pounds in 2010. As unbelievable as it may seem, it’s very easy to gain an extravagant amount of weight by practicing bad eating habits daily and exercising as little as possible.

In high school, I was a varsity football player, and just as active in recreational sports outside of the fall months. I would routinely exercise and engage in cardiovascular activities a few hours a day, seven days a week. I ate a lot, some home cooked meals and some fast food, but the amount of physical activity I performed made it easy to burn these calories off. In the years following high school my exercise and physical activity was reduced slightly. Relationships, college and work got in the way of working out, but I was still maintaining 225-230lbs, which is more than reasonable for a 5’11 male.

Around 2007 is when I started to feel the most change My fast food consumption increased and my level of physical activity went in the opposite direction, and I slowly morphed into your typical lazy college student. I dropped out of college, accepted a nice comfy call center job, in the next few years I was off of my feet 95% of the day, and spent most of the hours in between sunrise and sunset eating as much fast food as possible, mostly out of boredom / depression. My calorie intake was off the charts; some days exceeding 6,000 calories. Here’s an example of a normal day in 2010:

Breakfast (1500 total calories):

Two (2) Sausage Egg Muffin Sandwich – 900 calories
One (1) Hash Brown – 150 calories
12oz Caramel Frappe – 450 calories

At Work Snacks (684 total calories):
Two (2) 20oz Cola Soft Drink – 364 calories
2oz Plain Potato Chips – 320 calories

Lunch (1665 total calories):
Chicken Burrito (with white  rice, pinto beans, sour cream, cheese, lettuce) – 1075 calories
Chips & Salsa – 590 calories

Dinner (2563 total calories)
6 Slices (3/4) 14″ Large Pepperoni Pizza – 1,980 Calories
50oz Cola Soft Drink – 583 calories

Total Average Daily Consumption – 6,412 calories.

This is an example of a  typical day of consumption for me. If you combine eating like this with zero physical activity, it’s easy to see how I blew up so rapidly. You personally may not eat like this, but more than likely you eat two or three similar meals a day. I did a 180 degree turn on my eating habits, and it was a major contributing factor into how I lost 130lbs in 6 months.

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9 Replies to “#bern200 – How To Gain 225 Pounds In Eight Years”

  1. Candis says:

    I’m looking forward to witnessing your progress! Good luck! 🙂

  2. Tres says:

    Your journey continues to amaze me, brotha.

  3. Noona says:

    I’m amazed how far you’ve come in such a short amount a time. I’m equally thrilled that I can access your site from worky work. Go Bern! It’s your birsday! Go Bern! It’s your birsday!

    You’re about to disappear and I can’t wait to see your final side by side!

  4. Annamaria says:

    It so easy to put on weight but it’s the shedding and getting back into shape that is the tough part and you my dongsaeng are doing an incredible job! Peace & Love

  5. JezL says:

    Wowzers!! What you used to eat is insane. Im so happy you made the smart decision to change your habits!! Good job! Keep it up!!
    -Jessica L.

  6. Marquita J says:

    It’s scary to see how quickly you can change but I am very impressed that you realized and made that change. Keep up the good work on becoming a healthier you! You have been amazing so far.

  7. Kristina says:

    Kudos to you Ernest!

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  9. Rae says:

    I think you are amazing! It’s so easy to ignore the harm we do to ourselves because we don’t want to face the truth. It takes a brave person to face their fears/demons and take control. Keep up the awesome work!

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