Real Life Weight Loss: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson inspired me to lose 160lbs

Eugene Warner transformed his life and embarked on his weight loss journey after seeing Dwayne Johnson wrestle

Dwayne Johnson
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A determined 30-year-old man has lost over 160lbs after being inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

At his heaviest, Eugene Warner, from Virginia, weighed 350lbs. He suffered from depression which caused weight gain over the years. 

But when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his wrestling return back in 2011, Eugene was inspired by him and vowed to lose weight. 

Seven years later, he has lost an incredible 160lbs, weighing in at 190lbs, all while battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Eugene said: "There were a few key turning points: number one was when I ended up in the hospital in 2009. I ended up very ill: vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, and it was absolutely from being obese. 

"The second key turning point was when the Rock came back to WWE Wrestlemania in 2011. He was always fit, but he came back looking like a rock, and it made we wake up the next morning and start this journey".

Today, Eugene is stronger and healthier than ever and works as a personal trainer to help others. He began his fitness journey with local walks around the neighborhood. 

Walking to lose weight is a great way to shed pounds: it's totally free, requiring only comfortable clothes and the best shoes for walking. An English Health Survey study showed that people who regularly walk briskly for half an hour, five days a week, are likely to have a lower BMI than people who are less active. 

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Matt Evans
Matt Evans

Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. 

Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.