Walter Fisher, a professional poker player, experienced a hot streak in 2016 that allowed him to turn $2,000 into $96,000. However, the 36-year-old’s luck faded, leading him to acquire around $100,000 in debt and gain 50 pounds. When Fisher decided to lose the weight, another poker player considered it an opportunity, betting the gambler that he couldn’t pull it off.
As reported by the New York Post, a fellow gambler bet Fisher $500,000 that he couldn’t lose all of the weight he had gained since his life took a downward turn. To win the bet, Fisher would need to shed every ounce of excess weight and get his body fat percentage down to 10 percent. And he’d only have six months to get the job done.
The bet also included a range of stipulations. For example, Fisher couldn’t take steroids of human growth hormone (HGH) during the six-month period. He was also forbidden from using liposuction to drop the pounds.
To ensure he was following the rules, Fisher would be subject to random full panel blood tests.
Once everyone agreed to the terms, the funds were placed in escrow and Fisher began his weight loss journey.
Fisher was permitted to work with a personal trainer, so he made arrangements with Chris DiVecchio to get the guidance he needed. Since Fisher didn’t have the money needed to pay DiVecchio, the personal trainer offered a price reduction and requested an additional payout if Fisher won the bet.
When Fisher started his workout regimen, he weighed 242 pounds and had a body fat percentage of 33 percent.
Fisher described his approach to weight loss saying, “We started with 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training and an hour of weights, seven days per week.” He went on to state, “Then we went to 45 minutes of cardio and two hours of high-intensity interval training plus weights.”
To help him reach his goal, Fisher also made changes to his diet. “I ate oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast,” said Fisher. “I drank amino acids and glutamine to keep my muscles from breaking down.”
He worked with DiVecchio until the six months were up. Fisher not only reached the 10 percent body fat goal, but he also exceeded the requirement. In the end, his body fat percentage was 8.8 percent, and his weight was 175 pounds.
Based on the amount of the bet, this calculated to approximately $7,000 for every pound lost.
Fisher said, “To have gone from an absolute low to where I am now is an achievement and a transformation.” He went on to say, “A lot of people talk big games – and 99 percent of them would not be able to do what I did, even with the money as an incentive – but I backed it up. I backed it up, and it makes me feel like there is absolutely nothing I can’t do.”