In a recent YouTube video, gamer FaZe Nikan shared the story behind his recent body transformation: after struggling with his weight for a long time (including losing 100 pounds before regaining a lot of that weight), he lost 50 pounds during the coronavirus pandemic, and has managed to maintain that through diet alone. “I haven’t worked out once in quarantine,” he says. “I play basketball here and there, but it’s literally just what I eat.”
The video goes into detail regarding the specific changes Nikan made to his lifestyle in order to lose the weight. He recalls that at the start of quarantine, he went on a five-day juice cleanse, which kickstarted the weight loss, and that he also removed carbs from his diet.
“All I did, I just completely cut out bread and rice, and any kind of carb like that,” he explains. “It makes me feel super lazy, it makes me really tired, and it makes me sleep in, which is crazy. I’ve been waking up ever since quarantine started at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. max, before that when I was eating bread and rice I’d be sleeping in until 11 or 12… It’s just not for me, I don’t know what it is, it doesn’t mesh well with my body and I gain a lot of weight from it, so I decided to cut it out.”
Additionally, Nikan has incorporated elements of intermittent fasting into his routine, usually only eating one meal per day within a specific time window. “I’ve literally been eating one meal a day for the last three months,” he says. “I don’t eat in the morning at all, and I don’t eat past 6 o’clock… I’ll have something filling but healthy, like lettuce cups with turkey and vegetables, or a salad, or hummus and veggies. I try to have at least one protein a day.”
Nikan adds that while he is happy with his progress, he isn’t done yet, and his next step is to start learning how to work out properly so he can become more toned. His advice for anybody at the start of their own journey is to be committed.
“It’s a mental thing, that’s all it is,” he says. “You have to be mentally strong enough to push that away when those late nights come and you want to eat chips or have a Coke, whatever it is, just don’t do it.”