With a goal to get in the best shape of his life, Dominique Vandaele decided to sign up for an IsaBody® Challenge to give himself a clear deadline and keep him accountable amongst his peers. After posting his results on Facebook, he saw his Isagenix business boom. But, how did he get there?
“I was struggling with structure and whilst I knew what I needed to do and how to calculate my required calories, I lacked discipline. So I signed up for the IsaBody Challenge with the goal of getting in the best shape of my life. I find that to succeed I need a time pressure or a goal in mind so I created my schedule and stuck to it. I also wanted to also do a photoshoot and at the end of my Challenge – I set that up and had a double deadline.”
“It was a big surprise to find out I was a Finalist. I’m so pleased with what I’ve achieved and how it will help my business going forward.”
So how did he do it? Dominique says that planning and calculating everything was the key to his success.
“I calculated how many calories I needed and started at 2600, then every week I would reduce this by 100-200. IsaLean™ Shakes made up two of my meals and I still got to have my favourite meal in the world, spaghetti. I’d meal prep and weigh out my spaghetti every week, with two portions a day. One shake, one spaghetti, one shake, one spaghetti. For the rest of the calories I’d choose things high in protein like a yoghurt, Quark or nuts.”
“The IsaLife app is fantastic for tracking your meals.”
“Whilst meal prepping works for me. I love that with the shakes there’s everything you need in one sachet; your required carbohydrates, fats, protein and lots of vitamins and minerals too. Then of course you can add a bit more protein if you want to.”
Dominique says that it’s not about restricting yourself from the things you love but nourishing your body and having everything in moderation, which is exactly why he enjoys his favourite meal every day.
“If my daily calorie intake goal was 2600 for example, some weeks I would only eat 2400 calories and save 200. Over five days I would have saved 1000 calories and can use that against a ‘cheat meal’ or treat. By doing this, my overall goal would still be met without having to make drastic changes.”
No DOMs for Dom
Exercise was a big focus for Dominique too, “To start I reduced my cardio and really focused on heavy weight training. I find that when I stimulate the muscles to grow, I burn more calories. When I was about 80% done with my IsaBody Challenge I then integrated some incline walks on the treadmill to burn some extra calories after my workout.”
“I love the AMPED™ range, especially Nitro as it has some Creatine in which helps supply energy to your muscles. I found it gave me much more power in the gym!”
Something that Dominique also decided to do whilst on his IsaBody journey was to give up alcohol. He announced this on his Facebook page and had an influx of people wanting to do the same.
“I invited anyone wanting to take part in this Challenge to join a WhatsApp group which was a huge support for everyone involved. I find that when I’m not drinking alcohol, I am much more focused on living the healthy lifestyle that I want. I have more energy because alcohol is packed with sugar and it becomes easier to make unhealthy food choices. Having that extra target really helped me stick to the plan, it doesn’t have to be alcohol – it could be hitting 10,000 steps a day or drinking 2 litres of water but having measurable goals is key to success.”
“Sharing my results on social media has been a gamechanger for me. When you tell people what you are doing, it holds you accountable. You don’t have to show images of your body or share your measurements with them – you can share your healthy dinner ideas or a workout in the gym which will help to inspire people.”
Dominique says that it can be disheartening when you’re not seeing results, which is why taking measurements is so important too.
“Every week I’d go to my friend Michael Bockaert’s gym where he’d measure my fats using a calliper. Even if I didn’t see any change in the mirror, seeing the numbers going down is really encouraging. I’d say after four or five weeks, not only do you see the results but other people will start to notice too. That’s when the fun part begins because you want to get better and better and stay really motivated. You have to believe in the system.”
A booming business
“When I posted my transformation on Facebook, I had over 150 comments from people asking me ‘How did you do that?’ I pinned it at the top of my feed so it’s the first thing that people can see.”
“Because of my current results, people are interested and want to join in the next challenge with me – hopefully we can all make some money from it as well. I’ve had really great retention from customers who are signed up for our weight management products.”
So what’s next for Dominique? Well, he’s already got his next goal in mind and has signed up for another IsaBody Challenge. “On December 9 I want to enter a bodybuilding contest so I have a webinar planned in September and already 100 people have signed up. I want people to think, ‘if he can do it, so can I’ because everyone can achieve this.”
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*Weight loss should not be considered typical. A study showed an average weight loss of 24 pounds after 12 weeks. Participants took part in a calorie-controlled regimen of Shake Days and one Cleanse Day per week. For more information on the study, see IsagenixHealth.net.