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Ellington Darden, Ph.D.

Robert Olesen: A Losing Plan for a
Financial Advisor


Robert Olesen is a 32-year-old financial advisor who lives in Chicago. "I need help," he said to me a month ago on the phone. "I need help in losing at least 20 pounds of fat."

After asking Bob some background questions and listening to his situation, I agreed to take him on as an Intensive-Coaching trainee.

On the morning of April 29, 2008, Bob arrived at 8:55 AM sharp. Our starting time was 9:00 AM. That told something about Bob: He was punctual, yes — but also probably disciplined and motivated.

Four hours later, halfway through our lunch, I knew my assumptions about Bob were correct. Indeed, Bob Olesen was punctual, disciplined, and motivated. And he was determined, armed with my guidelines, to lose 22.5 pounds of fat by June 15, 2008.

Robert Olesen has small ankles, knees, and wrists — but
wider-than-normal shoulders for his height and weight.
His initial goals are to lose 22.5 pounds of fat and
remove 4 inches from his waist.

From Bob's BEFORE picture, you can see he stored most of his excessive fat around his midsection. Bob was 5'11-1/4" tall and weighed 200 pounds. His waistline measurements, at three levels, were as follows:

His percent body fat was 22.8 — which meant Bob was carrying approximately 45.6 pounds of adipose tissue on his frame. My calculations revealed he could drop 22.5 pounds of fat, if he strictly adhered to my plan for six weeks.

Bob agreed to the plan. He'll be applying a week-by-week course similar to that presented in my book, "A Flat Stomach ASAP," with some new adaptations.

With his Nordic background, plus a family history of obesity, Bob will have to become focused and consistent with his eating and exercising practices to reach his goal. From my observations, he has the mindset to be successful.

Interestingly, Bob has some natural symmetry in his favor. The circumference of his neck, each upper arm, and each calf are all approximately the same size: 14-5/8 inches. If we can make a significant inroad in the reduction of his waistline, his double-arm biceps pose will acquire new meaning.

After six weeks have elapsed, on June 15, 2008, we'll re-evaluate his progress and plan our next phase.

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landparklance

With Dr. Darden you will make steady positive progress and achieve your goals. Nobody has more knowledge regarding diet and exercise then Dr. D.

Here's wishing you much success!

Lance
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robertolesen

Lance, thank you for the warm wishes. I will try to post my progress as much as possible. This morning I weighed in at 192. I will also try to post some progress pics soon.

For anyone considering Dr. Dardens coaching I can't recommend it enough. You can not truly appreciate his secret article until you are working out with him. My mind told me I was at muscle failure at leat two reps per excercise before I really was.
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Captain Puny

What can I say? I love these case studies. Best of luck to Robert... I think this is going to turn out great.

Oh, and Robert is from Chicago and working with Dr. D? I'm always so confused as to where Dr. Darden is at any given time. :)
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dhitquinn

Best of luck in your weight loss Robert, i am sure you will do it Ellington knows his stuff.

David Quinn
Scotland
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robertolesen

Quick update: Currently at 186. I have a little less than 2 weeks left. I believe we will post some pictures soon. I can't tell you how easy this has been with Dr. Dardens guidance.
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Ellington Darden

ROBERT OLESEN UPDATE



Bob Olesen has completed his first six weeks of Intensive Coaching and he almost reached his goals of losing 22-1/2 pounds of fat and 4 inches off his waist. After several setbacks, Bob managed to reduce his body weight by 16 pounds and his waist by 3-3/4 inches.

Compare his AFTER photo above with his BEFORE shot in the initial post. You'll see some significant fat losses throughout his physique.

Way to go, Bob. Now let's move forward to another six weeks of disciplined eating and exercising.

Ellington
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overfiftylifter

Great results. The visual body fat reduction is amazing.

What exercise program and example diet does Dr. Darden have you on presently?

Keep up the good work.

Overfiftylifter-lifting for good health
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HIT

Norway

Ellington Darden wrote:
ROBERT OLESEN UPDATE

Bob Olesen has completed his first six weeks of Intensive Coaching and he almost reached his goals of losing 22-1/2 pounds of fat and 4 inches off his waist. After several setbacks, Bob managed to reduce his body weight by 16 pounds and his waist by 3-3/4 inches.

Compare his AFTER photo above with his BEFORE shot in the initial post. You'll see some significant fat losses throughout his physique.

Way to go, Bob. Now let's move forward to another six weeks of disciplined eating and exercising.

Ellington


Great results, keep up the good work!

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robertolesen

The diet is similar to the one Dr. Darden covers in his flat stomach asap book but with some modifications. In regards to exercise Dr. Darden put me on an a,b, and c routine. The c routine was a forearm specific routine. If you look closely I think you can see some changes. Dr. Darden told me I had the forearms of a 14-year-old girl and wanted to address it with the c routine :).

You can imagine how embarrassed I was when Dr. Darden demonstrated a hand gripper for my routine with ease and then hands it to me and I am unable to budge the thing.
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bdog

Robert,

Impressive results! You can really see the fat loss, especially in your face.

You could even lose another 5-7 lbs. Where you are at now is a good level, though.

Bryan

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fantombe

robertolesen wrote:
The diet is similar to the one Dr. Darden covers in his flat stomach asap book but with some modifications. In regards to exercise Dr. Darden put me on an a,b, and c routine. The c routine was a forearm specific routine. If you look closely I think you can see some changes. Dr. Darden told me I had the forearms of a 14-year-old girl and wanted to address it with the c routine :).

You can imagine how embarrassed I was when Dr. Darden demonstrated a hand gripper for my routine with ease and then hands it to me and I am unable to budge the thing.


Hi Bob

Mind sharing the forearm routine with us? I'd be interested to see how Dr Darden worked hand grippers into one of his HIT routines.

I may have missed it, so apologies if I did, but did you take forearm measurements before, and recently?

Well done on your achievements so far. You deserve all the plaudits.
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winstonnmccay

after looking at your forarms again, thet do look a lot better. good job.
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scottkern

Florida, USA

On another thread Dr. Darden said that if a person became ravishingly hungry to eat a hard apple. It is about 100 calories. I would like to take that a step further and recommend a nice dessert for a few more calories. I call it, "Naked Apple Pie."

Take a medium apple and cut it up in small chunks and place in a microwave dish. Sprinkle on plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg and one packet of Splenda. Add 1/2 tablespoon of Mrs. Buttersworth syrup. Microwave 4 minutes.
My calculations come out to 136 calories. I think it is delicious. You could also add a few raisins or a dolop of low calorie whipped topping.
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dhitquinn

Alright guys

well done on your weight loss Robert you are in much better shape.

i myself drink around 6-8 litres of cold water a day but im constantly p===ing is that normal Ellington?

By the way have just read your ' BIGGER MUSCLES IN 42 DAYS' how is Keith Whitley these days do you still train him? does he compete still?

thankyou

David Quinn
Sunny Scotland UK
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Ellington Darden

David,

With superhydration, you're going to pee at least once each waking hour. That's normal.

I haven't heard from Keith Whitley in 12 years.

Ellington
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dhitquinn

cheers Ellington for the timely reply

Just want to say i go to bed reading your HIT book every night it is a great read and very informative.

Have you every read 'Beyond bodybuilding' by Pavel tsatsouline(spelling) i downloaded it and it claims in one Q&A that.He doesnt recomend HIT as you are 'likely to get hurt from it' but he himself recommends performing extremely low reps around 3 for multiple sets and never to failure. i couldnt get round the logic of his book as he claimed it was a bodybuilding book but just made references to powerlifters the whole way through.

interestingly he includes pictures of himself and while he looks strong he looks ,more like a swimmer than a weight trainer. i personally train to failure on most exercises and find it a waste of time to train any other way (unless utilizing NTF workouts) of course as your book suggests.

Staying in uk can i order your new book?

Thanks again

Dave Quinn
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Waynes

Switzerland

Hi there Robert,

Have to admit you are doing fantastic, dont slack as we are all watching you.

You are doing a great job with ALL these people Ellington, the before and after photos really make this.

Big fantastic too all that are following the intensive coaching.

Wayne
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Amazing change for only 16 lbs. Aren't we at that 6-week mark right now?
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Ellington Darden

UPDATE

I had a follow-up visit from Bob Olesen on October 6, 2008. Take a close look at his BEFORE picture and compare it to his AFTER one above.

My measurements show that his waist, at the navel, has gone from 41-1/4" to 36-7/8", for a loss of 4-3/8".

Over a five-month period, he has lost 20-1/2 pounds and built approximately 5-1/2 pounds of muscle.

Currently, at a body weight of 179-1/2 pounds, Bob and I both feel he can get his weight down to 170 pounds.

Bob's goal is to reach 170 pounds on or before November 27, 2008.

Let's give Bob our support.

Ellington

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s153015

New Brunswick, CAN

Robert,

Congratulations on your progress. I manage a financial centre here in Canada with 33 advisors, so we're in the same business. I'm also doing my best to get into the best shape of my life, and compliment you on your progress, dedication and commitment.

At a friend's suggestion, I decided to enter a bodybuilding competition, primarily because of the motivation it gave me to reach a peak condition by a certain date. "a goal without a deadline is just a dream", right... just throwing that out there as something to think about... wouldn't it be cool to see just what Dr. Darden and you could accomplish for you to truly reach a "peak"... if not a competition, you could set a date, for a photo shoot, that you commit to, and that you will be showing publicly on this forum...(albeit, there is something incredibly motivating about a competition)

All the best on your continued success, (and in your career during these "interesting times" where our clients have unprecedented OPPORTUNITIES)
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splice

Is it me or does the second picture look better then the third?

In the second one his side abs seem gone but in the third one they are back again.

Still excellent progress but maybe it's how he's standing?

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robertolesen

Rick, thank you for the kind words. I have been following your progress and it has been amazing. I have never thought of entering any sort of competition but I have no doubt if I did I have the best coach in the country to get me there.

In fairness to Dr. D my results should be much more impressive than they are. After my first 6 week training cycle I was happy with where I was. I pretty much began to eat what I wanted and stopped tracking my calories. By my guess I was probably consuming 2500 calories a day. I still lost 5 pounds in the next 2 months by adhering to the water and exercise protocols Dr. D prescribed.

But as a good coach so often does the "good doctor" refocused me and challenged me to go to the next level. Our plan is to get to 170 and reevaluate. Who knows where I will go from there. I will post some progress pics along the way.

These truly are interesting times. I think Warren said it best "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful."

In reference to the pics, I noticed the same thing. I can tell you I weigh 4 lbs less and lost a 1/2-inch on the waist in-between the pics.
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Ellington Darden

I believe the differences between the 2nd and 3rd photos are the camera height (the 3rd was lower) and I didn't permit Bob to suck-in his gut. His wife took the 2nd shot and she was probably standing with the camera.

Ellington
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dhitquinn

Hi Ellington

im getting really confused with diet at the moment, because of the credit crunch here in the UK it is very difficult to afford the food required for muscle growth.

where i am confused is on the Protein front you say you dont need that much but i was recently reading Charles Poliquin and he says 2grams of protein per pound of bodyweight should be what to aim for so for me that will mean i have to eat about 440 grams of protein a day to sustain muscle growth, i just cant afford that much.

i know you are not a fan of supplements the only one i take is Protein powder and i have recently ordered Micronized DHEA 50mgs 180 capsules. just wondering if you have any suggestions on the diet front and what supplements you do recommend and do you recommend DHEA?.

The protein shakes i take daily are 1 can of baked beans and one can of tuna blended in 500mls of tomato juice 3 times a day.

By the way great work Robert you are in great shape.
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