Breaking Down Barriers: How Fit Father David Lost Weight and Gained Muscle and Strength at 58

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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Breaking down barriers means putting excuses aside and overcoming any obstacles in your way. 

Fit Father David was able to break down his barriers and completely turn his life around — at age 58!

With the help of the Fit Father Project, David lost weight, gained muscle and strength, and is now in the best shape of his life.

David has a fascinating story, as living on a farm means he was no stranger to physical activity even before joining the FFP.

However, the adjustments he was able to make throughout the FFP programs have changed the way his body reacts.

Combining the physical tweaks and a change to aspects of his nutrition has led David to great results in all the areas indicated above.

He is now deadlifting 190 lbs, and shoulder pressing 30-35 lb dumbbells.

This is even after old injuries and knee problems!

David attributes his success to putting the reasons for wanting to achieve his desired results before any excuses that entered his mind.

He made small changes to account for anything that was uncomfortable, and pushed through barriers regardless!

Listen to David's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

Wanting More … And Better …

According to David, 2017 was a very trying year for him.

Both his father and mother-in-law passed away.

He was going through a difficult phase and indulging in stress eating.

That’s when he gained a lot of weight. 

“One day, in 2018, I looked in the mirror, and I realized I weighed almost 200 pounds. I asked myself, what am I doing?”

Soon after David realized he needed to lose weight, he started on his own and lost 20-30 pounds.

However, he reached a plateau and could not go any further down.

That’s when he searched for a fitness program online and found the Fit Father Project.

“I came across the Fit Father Project and started reading some of the testimonials, listened to some of the videos, read the nutrition guide, and all of that. I thought it was pretty good.”

However, he asked his daughter (a personal trainer who works with athletes competing in marathons and triathlons) what she thought of the Fit Father Project program before deciding.

“She said it’s the real deal!”

Learn how changing your nutrition habits can help with breaking down barriers and maintaining your long-term health!

Breaking Down Barriers

When David joined the Fit Father Project, weight loss was not his only goal.

He also wanted to get into good shape.

“Initially, I had gotten to about 170 pounds, and I wanted to get down to 160 pounds. I also wanted to build strength and muscles because of another problem that I was having, which was somewhat related to being out of shape.”

Fortunately, the Fit Father Project gave him the structured approach he was looking for. 

“I didn’t have the structure, and I thought I was targeting things that would matter, but I wasn’t getting the cardio I needed. I wasn’t getting the balance that I needed.”

David initially believed that the key to attaining his desired weight and gaining muscle was to burn more calories than he was eating. 

Therefore, he would often work out intensely and overtrain himself.

After joining the Fit Father Project, he came to terms with the fact that one needed to increase their nutrient intake with more physical exercise.

Now, he is more disciplined about what he eats; he is eating adequately.

David suffered from knee problems since he was a kid.

However, he now feels his knees are stronger after getting into the Fit Father Project.

He feels more energetic to spend time with his grandkids, as well.

David’s knees and shoulders are getting more strength and structure.

At the same time, his weight and muscle gain are also balanced. 

“The program is really a lifestyle change.”

So what would David say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

“I would encourage guys not to compare themselves with everybody else. Compare yourself with yourself. God has given us our bodies. He gifted everyone a body that he chose for them. Some are skinny and tall, some are fat and short, and some are everything in between. And he’s given us all a body that he chose. But he leaves it to us to take care of the body. So, if my body is my house and it’s the temple of the Holy Spirit, I have a responsibility to take care of it.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From David's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from David’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Weight Loss Is Not About Starving and Overtraining

The belief that skipping meals and overtraining will expedite the fitness and weight loss process is far from the truth.

It is counterintuitive as such a practice will only make things worse.

A good fitness regime has the right balance of adequate nutrition and physical training.

Both complement each other.

Therefore, your diet plays an equal, if not more important, role than your physical exercise.

Lesson 2: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

As David rightly put it, don’t compare your progress against others.

Everyone has their own pace of making milestones during a fitness journey because everyone has their own body type.

So, allow yourself the freedom to take your time and stop judging yourself.

Comparisons tend to decrease your self-esteem and hinder you from giving your best.

Lesson 3: Stop Making Excuses

Often, we keep making excuses for not doing physical activity.

For example, we make a health complication or an old injury an excuse for not working out.

In such cases, you can benefit from guided exercises.

Get rid of laziness and fear; get up and work to achieve good health and fitness.

The more sedentary lifestyle you choose, the more problems you are likely to face with your health.

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With short metabolic training workouts, an easy-to-follow meal plan, and an accountability team that is there for you at every step, FF30X can help you lose 30, 40, or even 50+ lbs — even if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life. 

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, NMD
Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder Fit Father Project, Founder Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on breaking down barriers.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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