David Calhoun has proven that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. The 22-year-old conquered obesity – a problem that plagues more than one-third of U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control – to become the 2013 MaxForm Life Challenge Champion.

When he started the challenge, David weighed 337 pounds and had been considered morbidly obese since childhood. He suffered from low energy, had a bad relationship with food and was threatened by several health issues, including dangerously high blood pressure.

Like many 20-somethings, David enjoyed regular social gatherings that involved beer and burgers or pizza. In other words, his lifestyle fostered weight gain. Add to that the fact that David had always been overweight, did not understand proper nutrition, and did not like to exercise. A total turnaround seemed impossible. “I’ve struggled with obesity my entire life,” David said. “Doctors told me I was going to die if I didn’t fix this problem.”

When he married his wife, Brittany, last year, David felt it was time for a change. He started thinking more about the future, about one day having children. He reevaluated the life he wants to lead. David decided that he owed it to his wife to become a healthy man.

He visited the Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Wilmington, North Carolina where he met Artie Quaranta, the store franchisee and a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach. This decision eventually led David to drop more than 100 pounds and reduce his body fat by 30 percent within six months.

Artie created a nutrition plan for David and designed an effective supplement stack. David started working out twice daily with personal trainer Alex Croteau at Cage Academy, doing high-intensity interval training and weight training. Upon seeing rapid results, David decided to go for the 2013 MaxForm Life Challenge on December 1, 2012.

“Seeing his commitment to his diet and workouts, I thought he really had a chance to win,” Artie said. “David has gone through more of a transformation than anybody I have ever seen.”

David had tried to eat “Paleo” in the past and said the high-protein, low-carb foods did make his body feel better. Artie took that diet further and put David on a meal plan, emphasizing the importance of proper nutrition for weight management. His new regimen is a modified Paleo diet that includes sweet potatoes and quinoa. In the past, David said, his idea of a healthy meal was a salad with light Ranch dressing and some kind of sugar-free beverage.

“I didn’t understand why carbs would make me gain weight or why I needed protein,” David said. “Max Muscle helped me understand nutrition – what to eat and when to eat. This was the part that had always been missing my entire life. Once I had the correct foundation, I began to really see results.”

David said it was difficult at first for his friends and family to adjust to the new David – one who would no longer indulge in burgers and beer. His wife was supportive and ecstatic from the get-go. She works out with him and enjoys the same healthy diet, although she added yogurt and oatmeal to her meal plan.

Now that he has made such a transformation, friends and family are excited to see the new David – one who can go for a hike or play disc golf without becoming winded. They understand why he makes so many sacrifices to change his way of life. Although David admits that it was hard for him at first, it got easier as he started to shed pounds. But, it was not always easy. David said there were times when his weight would plateau, leaving him feeling discouraged.

“I often had to remind myself why I started – the pros and cons – and tell myself that the work is worth the results,” David said. “I knew that no matter what happens I am going to do this.”

One thing that continues to keep David moving forward is that he likes to visualize where he wants to be. His goal is to achieve 4 percent body fat, to have nice abs and to one day compete in a bodybuilding competition. David also wants to become a personal trainer and certified nutrition coach. This comes from his desire to help people.

David currently works with mentally and physically disabled children. He said his transformation has had a positive influence on the kids. He now encourages them to eat healthy and exercise, and shows them what is possible if you’re willing to work hard. David plans to continue his own fitness goals while helping others overcome obesity.

The effort is increasingly valuable to Americans at this time, according to Sean Greene, President of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition. “The MaxForm Life Challenge and what Max Muscle Sports Nutrition does for this nation to educate Americans on proper and healthy weight management could not be any more significant than it is right now,” Sean said. “I believe that our calling and our challenge is to reach out into our communities one Max Muscle store at a time and educate and help our fellow Americans, people like David Calhoun, who were once lost and on a destructive path, to find a new life.”


David Fun Facts1385049711-DavidCalhoun
Proudest Achievements: 4 curl-ups and 3 pull-ups

Fitness fun: 40-yard dash, boxing

Favorite meal: Steak, asparagus, sweet potato

Favorite quote: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
–Muhammad Ali

Tattoo (on his shin): “Impossible is nothing” –Muhammad Ali

For inspiration: YouTube videos of Mike Rashid


U.S. Obesity Stats
35 percent of U.S. adults are obese
Obesity affects 18 percent of U.S. children and adolescents
Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death
The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight
–Source: Centers for Disease Control


What People Are Saying
“I’m really proud of him for everything he’s been able to do. I know it has been hard for him. He was emotional at times. But, it was really cool to watch everything happen. Every month he would show me a muscle he’s never seen. I can tell this is what he really wants to do. He is so passionate about it.”
– Wife, Brittany Calhoun

“I know how hard it is to do what he’s done. What he did was more of a mental thing. He was changing a lot on the inside. Now he is much stronger and more humble and an all around better person.”
– Personal Trainer Alex Croteau


David’s Winning Stats
Dec. 1, 2012: 337 lbs.
June 30, 2013: 225 lbs.
Starting body fat: 48 percent
Ending body fat: 19 percent

David’s Winning Supplement Stack
Max BCAA Watermelon
MaxPro Cinnamon Roll
Vit-Acell Citrus
Max Nitro 2
Max Liqui-Carn
Quest and Victory bars for snacks MS&F

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