“If I don’t lose weight, I will die young. It’s just a fact,” Marcel says firmly. “When I look in the mirror I see a fat, hairy man who has not exercised enough.” The hardest thing about his weight is that he gets feedback from other people who aren’t very nice. “Or to be seen as special. That’s bad.” Marcel used to exercise seven days a week, now zero. “I’m a Burgundy party animal. Multiple courses. I love cute candy. I try to pay attention.” His partner Danielle sometimes worries about the health of her great love. “I don’t want to think that he would die at such a young age if he added more kilograms.”
When Miljuschka surprised him at work, he told him that he had already lost 45 kilograms. “44.9 kilograms are now back,” he now jokes. All this happened after Marcel started a cooking course. “I’m too busy with food.” And losing weight isn’t always easy for Marcel. “It’s also about discipline.” But he has a goal in mind. “I want to be able to run again. I want to be able to sit in an airplane seat normally again.”
The starting weight of Marcel is more than 154 kg. Together with personal trainer Sebastian, he set a goal of losing 35 kilograms, so that he weighs less than 120 kilograms. And to support him in this, he receives a personal sports schedule. After 84 days, Marcel has already lost almost 12 kilograms, but then he has to deal with a major setback. When his foot hurts, it turns out that he has gout. Therefore, he cannot train properly and has to pay more attention to his diet. Thai cuisine is Marcel’s favorite, but it’s full of sugars and carbohydrates. He believes that this is reflected in the standards. He even gained some weight after a month.
Losing weight requires effort, Marcel. The conversation with Hilda, a psychologist from the program, does not go smoothly. When she tried to help him and ask what he expected of her in the process, he said, “I don’t know. But you already know that, right?” Hilda doesn’t know how to help Marcel, because he doesn’t know either. “But you’re a psychologist, aren’t you?” He says. The conversation between the two came to a complete standstill. “My role for you has no added value,” Hilda says after the conversation. “It doesn’t seem logical to me to continue the conversations.” Then personal trainer Sebastian canceled the cooperation as well. “We disagree a lot. I can’t work with him like that.”
Then coach Roberto and Miliuszka visited Marcel and promised to stay for another nine weeks and get a new coach. When he started working with Alex, the rudder seemed to have shifted completely. “The end is in sight,” Marcel says. “It’s been a bumpy road. In the end we close on a positive, I’m happy with that. That’s a good ending.”
At the end of the track Marcel appears to have lost 31 kilos. Despite the fact that he did not reach his target of 35 kilos, there was still applause from these people from his environment. “I’m very happy with this,” Marcel concludes.
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