Pascal Rwabukamba has lost 266 pounds which is no small feat. He came across Dr. Berg’s videos after hitting a plateau a year into his weight loss journey. The lessons he learned about intermittent fasting, the keto diet, and other valuable guidance from Dr. Berg were crucial to revitalizing his progress.
Rwabukamba’s success story began four years ago. “Being 453 pounds at age 26, I think anyone would consider losing weight,” says Rwabukamba. “Plus, diabetes runs in my family and I was experiencing symptoms that were really affecting my life: swollen feet, fluid retention, breathlessness, sleeplessness. My family was concerned and I knew it was time to take this seriously.”
Rwabukamba describes Dr. Berg as a godsend. “There are a lot of weight loss videos on YouTube but few are as legitimate at Dr. Berg,” he says. By taking his time and learning about the physiology behind Dr. Berg’s principles, Rwabukamba avoided having loose skin after losing the weight and he’s been able to stick with it versus looking for a quick fix.
“It’s obvious to cut calories and junk food,” explains Rwabukamba. “But, you hear so much about fad diets and fat free foods. They just don’t work.” Rwabukamba even goes as far as to say that Dr. Berg’s videos were the most influential to his success even after buying 50 books on nutrition/ exercise and physiology, etc.
But he didn’t lose all this weight without a physical component. Rwabukamba uses machines at the gym in addition to his good nutrition and he takes supplements and vitamins like B6.
“Mental toughness is key to getting started and then following through to reach your goal,” say Rwabukamba. “Finding the right resources is important, but without discipline it won’t happen.”
When asked what he would’ve done differently throughout his weight loss journey, Rwabukamba brings up a shoulder injury he’s still recovering from. “I wish I would’ve focused on better form while I was exercising and taken the time to stretch properly.” He also mentions with a smile that he would’ve loved to have found Dr. Berg’s videos sooner.
Now, Rwabukamba says he feels like a new person. “I sleep better, I have more energy both mentally and physically. And it’s a great feeling to go to the doctor and leave without any health issues.”
Rwabukamba urges others to never give up and expresses the importance of having a support system that’s behind you all the way. “My faith and my family really helped get me to where I am now,” he says. “I’ve had a few depressive episodes and it wasn’t easy, but I didn’t give up.”
He just want to stay fit for my overall health and wellness. “I really feel I have something to offer besides what a personal trainer can do who’s been fit all their life,” he says. “I have a true understanding of what it takes and I’d love to help people reach their goals.”
Final Thoughts from Rwabukamna: “I really encourage people to take Dr. Berg’s advice and to avoid quick fixes,” add Rwabukamba. “Thank you, Dr. Berg.”
Favorite Way to Exercise: Compound exercises that he used to avoid
Favorite Healthy Food: Eggs are Rwabukama’s go-to and he sometimes eats 8 eggs in a day! And his cheat meal is a nice steak.