Walter Fisher was a successful high-stakes gambler, with a physique and lifestyle he was proud of to boot, until he lost it all and ended up in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt.
As his debts rose, Walter recalled, his waistline also grew. Worried onlookers saw the 6-foot-1 man eat his way through a diet of cake, veal and pizza at the poker table until he tipped the scales at 245 pounds.
Then, in December, an opportunistic gambling acquaintance bet Fisher $500,000 that he could not reduce his body fat to less than 10 per cent in six months – his body fat, at that time, was 33 per cent, he told The New York Post.
My 600k bet… So this is me at my biggest, unhealthiest all time high as an adult. 242 lbs of fat Jewish Russian from NYC. December 22nd 2016. I was so unhealthy looking that when I was at a poker table I made a statement as I was eating a hot apple pie with ice cream that tomorrow I would be starting on my road to getting under 10 percent body fat within 6 months.Needless to say there were some skeptical gamblers that thought it was money in the bag. In there mind there's no way that I can possibly accomplish that feat.So we hammered out the details and I didn't even know my body fat percent yet but we decided Dexa scan would be the way we would measure and that I obviously wouldn't not be taking steroids or HGH , liposuction to get there or I would be disqualified. To keep me honest I agreed to random full panel blood testing as well. Once we got all the stipulations put down and locked the money in escrow the race was on !!!#fatrussianjewboy #racetoundertenpercent #600kbetonbodyfat #degenerategambling
Fisher booked the bet, and tapped two high-stakes friends, including Dan Bilzerian, for backing. In a single month, more than $1 million in wagers had been lined up.
Winning would wipe out Walter’s debt, replenish his bankroll and give him a new lease of life. There really aren’t any higher stakes…
So Fisher got serious, and after trying to go it alone realised he needed help.
8.8 still fucken high from this transformation and journey #wedidit #nevergiveup #beastmode THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT MY FAMILY especially @elenafisher30 @fik2323 @mimiluvsmusic @dannyfisher123 @boris.transmit @alextodd @jefftoddnyc all my friends @mitch_slavuter @dougger6981 @collisionworld @numerals @stan_shtayner108 @adamross17 @s_l_8282 @danbilzerian @magicantonio @billperkins @jeffgrosspoker and there are so many many more people but everyone love you guys for having my back and helping get to a great place in my life. #onelove also Big Shout Out to J @SteelSupplements for lacing me up with the best sups, Jason @Bodyspec for the best Dexas, Doc Phil @Pfcnutriton , and my trainer chris @premiermindandbody
He enlisted Chris DiVecchio, a personal trainer and the owner of Premier Mind & Body in Los Angeles, and began an extreme daily workout regime and diet plan, with the help of sports medicine nutritionist Phil Goglia.
Fisher told NY Post:
We started with 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training and an hour of weights, seven days per week.
Then we went to 45-minutes of cardio and two hours of high-intensity interval training, plus weights.
I ate oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast. I soon put in 10 hours a day, with five hours of cardio. I drank amino acids and glutamine to keep my muscles from breaking down.
DiVecchio trained him to do five one-hour cardio sessions, plus 75-minutes of weight lifting, then take an hour break.
The extreme regime caused his legs to burn out so Walter would recover in cryotherapy sessions.
Lee me just Say thank you Cryo therapy after 5 hours of straight hard cardio a day plus hour n half heavy weight training been , been doing cryo for a month ….. helps recovery from the inflammation without question otherwise I don't know how I could have gotten through cardio that long every day. #cryoaddict
His diet was transformed to that of a pro triathlon runner or a body builder and incorporated carbohydrate cycling which teaches the body to use fat more effectively.
In fact, Fisher advised his admirers:
Get with the right nutritionist and trainer and everyone is different. Get your lipids tested and than go from there.
Everything plays a role in a persons fitness threshold and profile. From there you built yourself a program that suits you best.
Started the bet December 22nd- this is mainly what I prepped the first month. Nutrition is the biggest factor. I had to go from ordering two Oreo cheesecakes from Postmates daily to straight egg whites and ground chicken. Food prepping to be able to have my meals setup throughout the day is key. Everything for the most part was me prepping food. You are what you eat! It was BRUTAL in the beginning but than you feel so much better and cleaner that your cravings cease and you move on to just wanting to eat better bc of the difference of how you feel. It's crazy how much toxic shit is in junk food. In order to win this bet , it's not a crash diet , it's a change in lifestyle. Eat better , feel better , live better! #cleaneating #losingbodyfat #lifestyle #600Gs
Eventually, the extreme workouts and strict diet – which is only recommended for professionals – paid off and Walter’s body fat dropped to a minuscule 8.8 per cent by June 22.
Of his victory, Walter said:
To have gone from an absolute low to where I am now is an achievement and a transformation. A lot of people talk big games – and 99 per cent of them would not be able to do what I did, even with the money as an incentive – but I backed it up.
I backed it up and it makes me feel like there is absolutely nothing I can’t do.
He plans to stay fit under DiVecchio’s tutelage, but is going to allow himself to rise to a more realistic 13 per cent body fat…
After all, he’s got a lot of money to spend on pizza now and, if you ask me, he’s earned a few slices!
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.