Money can be a big motivator. Case in point? Walter Fisher, a professional poker player, recently lost an astonishing 70 pounds when his friends bet him $1 million that he could not get down to 10 percent body fat in six months. Fisher, 36, took the challenge seriously and dropped from 245 pounds to 175.
Turns out Fisher had another reason to shed the pounds and win the bet beyond just wanting to slim down. After a few big losses at the poker table, the professional player found himself $500,000 in debt.
Check out the video below that demonstrates Fisher’s incredible transformation.
So just how did he get so ripped so fast? In addition to eating clean, Fisher put in some serious gym time—up to 10 hours a day. That’s more than contestants on The Biggest Loser! Fisher also hired a personal trainer, Chris DiVecchio, owner of Premier Mind & Body in Los Angeles.
“We started with 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training and an hour of weights, seven days per week,” Fisher told the New York Post. “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.”
His hard work certainly paid off, and he got a $600,000 payout (a nice sum, even if it isn’t the full $1 million!). Here’s some impressive before-and-after shots along with fitness stats for comparison from Fisher’s Instagram:
Fisher blames his initial weight gain on a sort of occupational hazard that comes with being a poker pro.
“[The casinos] have all these amazing, wonderful, rich restaurants and I just started ordering by the truckload: veal Parmesan, pastas,” he told ABC News.
But he doesn’t intend to let his career throw him off track again. He aims to keep his weight between a healthy 195 and 205 pounds, with his body fat around 13 percent.
While Fisher doesn’t plan to gain the weight back,, if he does, he says he’ll just make another high-stakes bet to lose it. Apparently, that’s smart thinking—the American Medical Association says people are five times more likely to lose weight if they have a financial incentive.