Brian Dominguez is taking part in the Join The Resolution campaign and speaks exclusively to Myprotein about his fitness transformation.
‘Your weight doesn’t have to be your fate!’ -Brian Dominguez
Tell us about your transformation, why did you decide to change?
I decided to change because I had that very important “click moment”- that feeling/realization that YOU really have to do something to change yourself before things get more serious. When I found myself in the local emergency room being treated for a bout of sickness unrelated to my weight. A doctor walked into my room, asked me the usual questions about why I was there, when I had started feeling sick, etc.
Fortunately for me, he didn’t stop there. He gave me an ultimatum of sorts, which I had been unable to give myself for as long as I could remember. With concern and a touch of brashness, he said, “There is no reason why someone your age should be in the kind of shape you’re in. If you don’t do something to lose some weight, you’re going to die.” At that moment, I saw myself; I had left myself and observed the morbidly obese 18-19 year old young adult that was me. I understood I was dying. I vowed to not be that person anymore. It was my promise to escape death.
How do you feel now?
It’s still a very much a surreal feeling looking in the mirror and not seeing the obese person I was for essentially the first 18 years of my life. Losing the weight completely changed my world, both physically and mentally. That is, I’m the picture of health – at least, that’s according to my doctors.
I no longer suffer from asthma, high blood pressure, back pain, joint pain, pre-diabetes, and horrific stomach problems due to digestion issues. I am also the happiest I have ever been. Where before I believe I suffered from a sort of chronic depression, I have a confidence and an outlook on life, that is infinitely more positive than I could have ever imagined. For example, I seek activity, instead of avoiding it. And instead of feeling as though I merely exist day to day, I truly feel as if I’m living each day to the fullest.
What are your future projects?
In 2017 I’m looking to become a certified personal trainer. I’m also going to be launching at least two YouTube channels. One will be based on my fitness journey and lifestyle, while the other will be more of a journalistic endeavor – essentially, I’ll be doing a rundown of current events and other newsworthy things.
Monday – Chest, Shoulders
✓ Incline Dumbbell Press – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Incline Dumbbell Flys – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Incline Barbell Press – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Flat Dumbbell Press – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Lateral Dumbbell Raises – 8 sets of 10-20 reps
Tuesday – Back
✓ Deadlifts – 13 sets of 5-8 reps
✓ Seated Rows – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Upright Rows – 8 sets of 5 reps
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Arms
✓ Standing Barbell Curls – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Machine Preacher Curls – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Dumbbell Curls – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Skull Crushers – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Cable Pulldowns – 8 sets of 5 reps
Friday – Legs & Core
✓ Straight Leg Deadlifts – 8 sets of 5 reps
✓ Squats – 8 sets of 5-6 reps
✓ Leg Press – 8 sets 5 reps
✓ Crunches – 200
What’s your attitude to nutrition?
When I was 400lbs, I ate primarily processed foods, like chips, cookies, pop tarts, candy, frozen pizzas, etc. Essentially, my diet consisted of junk, and not only was everything I ate horrible for me, I ate much too much of it; I overate consistently. Now my diet is based around cleaner foods like ground turkey, chicken breast, fish, and potatoes (though I do enjoy a weekly cheat meal or two per week).
What does a typical day’s nutrition look like for you?
✓ 1 and a half cups of oatmeal (120g, measured uncooked)
✓ 1 cup of egg whites
✓ 2 Omega-3 capsules, 3 whole eggs
✓ 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
✓ 2 cups of low fat cottage cheese
✓ 1 cup, berry of choice (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
✓ 2 slices Ezekiel 4:9 bread
✓ 6 oz turkey breast (deli sliced, not packaged)
✓ Large leaf spinach
✓ ½ tomato, medium
✓ 1 small sweet potato (150g, measured uncooked)
✓ ½ large banana
✓ 4 small strawberries
✓ 1 scoop of Impact Whey Isolate protein (flavor of choice)
✓ 50g fast-digesting carbs
✓ 1 ½ scoops Impact Whey Isolate protein (flavor of choice)
✓ 8 oz lean-fat trimmed pork chop
✓ 1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
✓ 400g acorn squash, measured uncooked
✓ 340g (usually one steam bag) green veggie of choice
Late Night Snack
✓ 8 oz nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
✓ 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
✓ 1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup
✓ 10 almonds, crushed
What supplements do you take?
☐ Fish Oil – Omega-3
What would you say to people who are struggling right now?
To anyone that is struggling with weight or fitness issues, know that transformation, or physical improvement, is not just possible, but its probable. I truly believe that. We are capable of more than we even know.