When Scott Fensterer reached 318 pounds, he knew he had to make a major lifestyle change to ensure he'd always be around to watch his young daughters grow up.
So the 43-year-old — who is starring on the upcoming season of SyFy's Face Off, where makeup artists compete to create prosthetic costumes for characters in science fiction and horror films — decided to cut fatty foods from his diet and hit the gym.
Since he began his weight loss journey more than eight months ago, Scott has shed an amazing 103 pounds from his 6-foot frame! "I feel 20 years younger... and I can finally keep up with my kids!" the proud dad, who now weighs 215 pounds, exclusively told Closer Weekly.
Read on to find out how Scott successfully lost more than 100 pounds!
Scott before his 103-pound weight loss. (Photo Credit: Scott Fensterer)
What was your life like before the weight loss?
As a sculptor, most of my job requires me to be sedentary. I didn't have a lot of activity in my day-to-day life and I never made time for it either. I felt tired all the time, my knees, feet and ankles hurt — and I always felt hot! I just couldn't keep up with my daughters like I wanted to. The birth of my daughter, Abigail, was a big turning point. I figured if I was going to be an old man as my daughters grew into adulthood, I would at least have to be a healthy old man!
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How did you get started with your weight loss journey?
First, I worked on changing my diet. I eliminated fatty foods and cut down on portion size. I seriously limited the amount of fried foods I ate. I began looking at calories, fat, fiber content and sugars as a whole and started trying to consume less than 2,000 calories a day.
Scott after his 103-pound weight loss. (Photo Credit: Scott Fensterer)
How did your diet and exercise habits change?
My thought process concerning diet and exercise changed dramatically. I began to learn more about the body's physiology — and that was a huge learning process! I realized diet by itself was only going to do so much. About eight months in to my initial weight loss, I hit a plateau so I began lifting weights and added cardio to my workout regimen. I hit the gym consistently five to six times a week. I started practicing a training technique called muscle confusion — routinely switching up your workout regimen so your muscles don't get used to the same movements — and saw weight pouring off my body and my muscles gaining tone. That change really encouraged me to keep exercising and weight training. Before I knew it, my goal weight was within my sight! I have since passed my initial weight loss goal and have set new goals for myself to maintain my healthier lifestyle.
How does it feel now that you've lost the weight?
It feels incredible! I feel 20 years younger. My joints don't hurt and I can finally keep up with my kids! I look better and feel more confident. My body is more conditioned, so I don't get tired like I used to and my stamina is through the roof! I know my best days are ahead of me and I look forward to the future. My 43-year-old self could whoop my 23-year-old self's butt in the gym, too — not too many people can say that!
Be sure to tune in to Season 9 of Face Off, which premieres July 28 at 9/8c on Syfy!
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