Since I started RTP Blog on November 8, 2006 four media profiles have been published on my weight loss journey. Below you can watch the Fuji TV profile, the NHK TV profile (I lived in Japan at the time!), and read the Men’s Fitness Magazine profile (Australian Edition, August 2008).
NHK TV Profile
Wow! What a translation/subtitle job this turned out to be!
A full 7 days after the NHK Japanese TV Network, aired a 5-minute profile on my weight loss journey that was broadcast to 5,000,000 people I now finally have it ready for online viewing.
FUJI TV Profile
A Japanese TV Crew flew in from overseas to interview me on the 2-Year anniversary of RTP Blog (November 8, 2008). This was filmed on the Gold Coast in Australia and Osaka, Japan and broadcast to 20m people!
P.S. Thanks Mel for your subtitle work!
Men's Fitness Australia
Adam Waters: Blogging To Beat The Bulge
Browsing the Internet can waste away the hours but unfortunately doesn’t help with wasting away the weight. Adam Waters, 33, decided to put the Net’ to good use and used it as his primary tool to beat the bulge and get fit.
Originally from Brisbane, Waters moved to Osaka in Japan in 2000 to teach English. Before he moved, he stood six feet tall and weighed in at a lean 71 kilograms with a bodyfat percentage of just eight percent. Waters was a healthy human specimen.
However, upon relocating to Japan he left his healthy lifestyle behind. Waters was faced with dietary dilemmas that he didn’t have the willpower to conquer, “A lot of traditional dishes over here are very high in carbs,” he says. “And the term vegetarian doesn’t even compute.”
To add to to the unhealthy diet, Waters wasn’t exercising. He was commuting long distances to work, which minimized the time when he would normally work out or play sport. His lifestyle had changed and his body was suffering.
In 2006, Waters booked a trip to Phuket with a plan to enjoy the sun and surf and take a break from his busy life as a schoolteacher. On a gorgeous sunny day at the beach he pulled off his shirt and was struck with horror and shame.
Adam had let himself go, his body was an overweight mess and he could not avoid it any longer. The holiday was ruined, as he couldn’t suppress his self-conscious embarrassed feelings. It was time to face the fat.
Waters returned home determined to reshape his now flabby 84kg physique and lower his bodyfat, which was now at 20% of his total bodyweight, but he didn’t quite know where to begin.
He took a photo of himself, posted it online and announced his mission to lose weight to the world. Making his commitment to losing weight public would give him the motivation to stick to his word. “I wanted external accountability in real time,” says Waters.
In promising to get fit he also promised to post a daily photo of himself so that everyone could witness his gradual progress or give him a hard time if he was slacking off, “This gave me additional pressure to finish the job.”
Waters tackled his bad eating habits first and began making his own meals rather than eating out or ordering all the time. He ditched fatty tempura and teriyaki and began eating fresh raw vegetables, fruit and lots of chicken and fish.
He combined this new health eating program with high intensity sessions and circuit training at the gym. Eighty four days and 84 photos later Waters was seeing a transformation. He had “shred” a massive 9.5 kilos of fat and the gut, which ruined his holiday in Phuket, had shrunk five inches and had taken on the shape of a six-pack.
He then collated the 84 pictures and turned them into a mini-movie and posted it on YouTube for all to see. The public support he received was overwhelming. Since that day, Waters has not stopped. He has continued with his online blogging and has had many followers contact him to congratulate him and to ask for help to begin their own transformation.
In 2007, he led a 14-day challenge online in which 14 people began their own daily blog and posted a new photo each day to make them accountable for their weight loss just as Waters was. Just like Waters, their progress was astounding. Waters has traveled to America where he has won prizes and been invited to share his innovative body transformation blogging program.