Our Transformation Challenge Men’s Winner: Luke Dingman

IMG_0698Our men’s winner of our New Year’s Transformation Challenge is Luke Dingman! He lost 23.5lbs of fat and gained 1.3lbs of muscle.

“I’ve been wanting to get into shape for awhile. I planned a through-hike of the Wonderland Trail, and I don’t want to die when I do it.”

When Luke started, he set a goal to lose his pack weight – about 45 pounds – and that’s when his wife Emily told him about Nutrishop’s challenge. (Emily went on to tie for 9th place in the women’s category!)

“We went in and talked to DJ, and he’s awesome. He hooked us up with all the supplements and got us on the right foot. We followed the diet plan and it really worked out for me,” Luke said.

“I’m a horrible eater, but that’s changed. This is a new beginning for me. The first week I lost a ton of weight and after that it was steady all the way through.”

With Emily pushing him and vice versa, Luke was able to maintain consistent gains throughout the course of the challenge. It wasn’t without its trying moments – mostly in the form of temptation – but Luke resisted.

“We were both holding each other accountable. We’d both get home from the gym, look at each other and want to eat a piece of candy,” Luke said with a laugh. “There might’ve been a couple arguments here and there just because we were hungry, but really it was just a chance for us to support each other. We’d say, ‘We can do this, we don’t need McDonald’s or junk food.’ We really helped each other make smart choices and leaned on each other.”

Now that Luke has had such great success, he’s not going to slow down any time soon.

“It’s a life change for me, and I’m still trying to learn. I learn by doing, and I’m learning to become a better cook, learning how the body processes fuel,” Luke said. “It’s a huge thing – learning about macros and how the body works, it’s awesome. I can’t get enough of it and I still have a ton to learn.”

On top of the aesthetic and physical changes, Luke said he’s feeling better, “hands-down,” than he has in years. He has more energy and self-confidence, and he is in no rush to give it up.

“I don’t ever want to go back. I feel good,” he said. “I’m seeing results and it transfers to my family life. If I’m happy, the people around me are happy. That’s a great feeling.”