Have you ever wanted to get back at someone who continuously puts you down because of your weight? Maybe its a ex-girlfriend, your best friend or even your father. Well Dexter Holman knows exactly how you feel and its why he joined E’s Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian. Mr. Holman talks to QG about his revenge body experience, losing weight and whats in his future.
Why did you want to be on E’s Revenge body with Khloe Kardashian?
I wanted to be on Revenge Body, because I had been struggling for almost a decade with unsuccessfully managing my weight. At my heaviest, I was 328 pounds and life became really depressing. I started losing weight, but seemed to plateau around 275. At 328, my only fitness goal was to be 275, and after reaching that mark I was still unhappy with the person I saw in the mirror, but still I had a little drive to continue. I began taking pills that curbed my appetite to the point where I only had to eat once a day. Starving myself, I had gotten down to 245 lbs., but I found myself very irritable. After feeling the negative health effects of starving my body, I stopped taking the appetite suppressors, and my body reacted by quickly putting on 35 lbs in a period of about 6 months. I started becoming depressed again and I knew that I needed an outside source that could guide me in the right direction. I have never been afraid of hard work, but I also realized my idea of how to lose weight must be flawed.
What happened after playing football that made you gain the weight?
During my final collegiate season, I had a falling out with my position coach, which caused me to be 2nd and 3rd string for a majority of the season. Before the season started, I was ranked by the media as the best player in my position for my conference. This falling out was caused by me training with my teammate, Josh Norman, at a facility in Atlanta, frequented by a good handful of Pro Bowl football talent. My coach wanted me to be with the team, so he in turn benched me for the entire season. This caused me to go in a downward spiral after the season and shortly after I was my highest weight, 328 pounds.
What do you attribute to having such a successful transformation?
I had a wonderful team around me. Khloe set me up with celebrity trainer, Corey Calliet. Corey trained Michael B. Jordan for the film Creed. The first day I met him, he told me “By the time I’m done with you, you are going to be 205.” I was in disbelief at first, but with that sentence he raised the standard of how I was going to prepare for this entire show. Due to Corey’s busy schedule with high-profile clients, we were only allotted about an hour a day with each other. I quickly realized that I need to work out for 3 hours per day if I was going to see any results. I watched fitness videos on YouTube, ran around lakes, hiked up mountains, I swam laps, I did whatever I could to get 3 hours in everyday. My ability to consistently look at pain as a tool to get me to where I needed to be, changed my outlook on training and ultimately I felt like nothing could stop me, not even time, because I knew how to conquer it.
Having gone through this experience, what advice can you give to others who are trying to lose weight?
First, I would tell that person to stop focusing on trying to lose weight. Focus on adopting healthier habits. Habits are what define us. There is a reason the guy in the gym 6 times a week looks better than the guy who comes twice a week. I watched less committed people train in the gym sporadically, while I’m in the gym everyday. Some people were so uncommitted to their workouts that they didn’t even recognize me when they came back to the gym, then had the nerve to ask me what’s the secret. The secret is simple and I say it all the time, ‘I am committed to making healthy decisions on a daily basis, you aren’t.’ The daily part is so important, because I have realized something. If I decided today to just kick my feet up, and never work out again, never focus on my food intake. Time will make sure of it that I am 328 pounds again. The biggest advice I can give is ‘Change your habits, change your life.’
How rewarding was it getting REVENGE on your Athletic Father? How did it make you feel when it was all said and done?
It felt great to get revenge on my dad. My dad has been the type to never let me win in an athletic challenge, since the day I was born. I didn’t beat my dad in one-to-one basketball until I was in the 12th grade. I remember that day very vividly, because I was so excited I was running around the yard, talking noise, and relishing in that moment of beating my dad fair and square. After that year I started gaining weight for football, and my dad kept his leaner athletic build. When I came back home after my NFL dreams were shattered, my dad began taunting me and putting me down for my weight. He would joke about how he is faster and more physically fit than his 22 year-old son. To finally shut him up on the show, I felt like I was back in 12th grade celebrating my first victory. My dad had a new-found respect for me that day, and now that it is all said and done, he is proud of me and ultimately, inspired by me. He is very competitive, so now he is in the gym even more than he already was. It’s nice to know that I can make my dad, the one that carried me in his arms as a baby, start to raise the standards for his life.
What was one thing that you learned from Khloe Kardashian?
I learned that Khloe is a real person with real feelings, and that’s why she did this show. There are so many different ways they could have made this show, but she chose to help people with an issue that she has now overcome. This creates a snowball effect, because now I want to help other people who are struggling with their fitness goals. She showed me that she was vulnerable, by speaking to me about how she used to get bullied by media for being less fit than her sisters.
What is in the future for Dexter Holman?
I want to help people see their fitness dreams come into fruition. I want to help raise the standard in other peoples’ lives that are going through what I have now conquered and what I continue to conquer on a daily basis. I just started a YouTube channel “8Percent by Dexter Holman” where I aim to give people guidance using healthy habits and getting rid of mindsets keeping them back from reaching their full potential.
E’s Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian airs tonight at 8pm EST and make sure you tune in next week to Dexter Holman’s episode which airs Thursday, January 19th at 8PM EST.
Photo Credit: Keidy Moreno