Olympic hero’s “transformation” with low-carb


Before and after

Matthias Steiner is a hero in both his home countries, Austria and Germany. Now fans of the former olympic weightlifting champion may follow him on a different journey – a weight loss journey.

The 31 year-old has lost 70 lbs (32 kg) and today he weighs about 260 lbs (118 kg). His goal is to reach 220 lbs (110 kg).

In German: Ex-Gewichtheber Matthias Steiner verrät: So habe ich 32 Kilo abgespeckt

He says he eats both meat and vegetables, while keeping the amount of carbohydrates low, and he’s not depriving himself.


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  1. robert
    It's good he's finally seen the light and it works for him so well.

    As a T1 diabetic (diagnosed at 18), he should've known that carbs were not good for him. Maybe his sport and related advice interfered.

  2. Alain
    He is 1,83 m tall, his goal should be 100 kg with 15% BF
    Reply: #6
  3. Dave
    Weight-lifters have different goals than most people...
  4. gaz
    'Should': An interesting word and one I have learned to take with a huge tablespoon of butter. One size does not fit all.
  5. Ammar
    The real question for me is, did his lifts suffer or are they still close to his personal bests? This is very key for lifters, especially when we cut.
  6. Francois
    May I remind you he is an Olympic weightlifter and suggest you take a look at his arms: they are bigger than the average man's thigh... These guidelines on how heavy people should be considering their height is based on a non physically active medium size skeleton man or woman. They do not apply to physically active people like law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel and athletes.

    I recommend looking at the website http://www.bmi3d.com under the tab bmi calculator. It shows that at very different body compositions, people can have the same bmi (thus the same height for weight). And you can play with the 3d body by choosing whether the image is fat, normal or fit.

    Rather than aiming for a specific target, simply eat LCHF till full but no more and the fat proportion of the body will reach a healthy level with no effort.

  7. Alain
    I know he is a weightlifter. That is why I put him as an elite natural bodybuilder.
    Natural bodybuilder can reach a lean body mass (LBM) of ~ 25.

    So the math are simple 25 x 1,83 x 1,83 /(100%-15%) = 98,5 kg with a BMI of 29,4

    Take a look at Bobby Pandour BMi of : 25.85

    "At his peak Pandour weighed 160lb, was 5'6" tall and had a 42" chest, 23" thighs and 16-17" arms."


    If I am more restricted with a BMI of 27, then is weight would be 90 kg. This is far from his goal of 110 kg. At that weight he will be still overweight .

    We are more fatter then we think.
    Most people are in denial about their weight.

    Reply: #8
  8. Francois
    Well then, here are a few "obese" people:
    Arnold Schwarzenegger (BMI 33),
    Sylvester Stallone (BMI 34)
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (BMI 33)
    Shaquille O'Neal BMI 31.6

    And a few obese Olympic gold medalists:
    Behdad Salimi (super heavyweight weightlifting) 41.6 (OK, that one does have a significant pouch)
    Tomasz Majewski (shot put) 34.1
    Krisztián Pars (hammer throw) 33.4
    Artur Taymazov (super heavyweight wrestling) 32.5
    Robert Harting (discus) 31.5
    Artur Taymazov (Uzebekistan) Wrestling (96-120kg)
    (Obese: 189cm, 112kg, athlete BMI=31)
    Khadjimourat Gatsalov (Russia) Wrestling (84-96kg)
    (Obese: 180cm, 96kg, athlete BMI=30)

    As far as overweight gold medalists:
    Shawn Crawford (USA) Sprinting (200m)
    (Overweight: 177cm, 81kg, athlete BMI=26)
    Mark Lewis-Francis (GB) Sprinting (100m Relay)
    (Overweight: 183cm, 89kg, athlete BMI=26)
    Matthew Pinsent (GB) Rowing (Coxless four)
    (Overweight: 196cm, 108kg, athlete BMI=28)
    James Cracknell (GB) Rowing (Coxless four)
    (Overweight: 192cm, 100kg, athlete BMI=27)
    Ed Coode (GB) Rowing (Coxless four)
    (Overweight: 193cm, 96kg, athlete BMI=26)
    Steve Williams (GB) Rowing (Coxless four)
    (Overweight: 189cm, 96kg, athlete BMI=27)
    David Cal (Spain) Canoeing (C-1 1000m)
    (Overweight: 183cm, 91kg, athlete BMI=27)
    Roman Sebrle (Czechoslovakia) Decathlon
    (Overweight: 186cm, 88kg, athlete BMI=25)
    Ryan Bayley (Austria) Cycling (Sprint)
    (Overweight: 181cm, 84kg, athlete BMI=26)
    Odlanier Solis Fonte (Cuba) Boxing (81-91kg)
    (Overweight: 180cm, 91kg, athlete BMI=28)
    Alexander Povetkin (Russia) Boxing (over 91kg)
    (Overweight: 188cm, 91kg, athlete BMI=26)

    As far as being "natural", I am military, I never used powders, injections, pills or the like. I have been eating LCHF for two years and I do 30 minutes of interval training 5 days a week. I am 5 feet 9 inches, 192 lbs which puts me in the "overweight" BMI range at over 28. Suit jackets do not fit me (chest) and I have a 34 inches waist. I do not think my cardiac risk is very high. And I do not consider myself an athlete, but rather a fit old man.

    Even if BMI were 100% reflective of adipose tissue (it is not), it would not reflect the enormous diabetes and cardiovascular risk of east-Asians with "normal" BMI's of 24, similar to that of Caucasians with a BMI of 30 caused by extra abdominal fat.

    Height and weight mean very little. The size of the abdomen means a lot more in terms of cardiovascular risk. A photographer took recently pictures of many Olympic athletes, many gold-medalists. They, like all human beings, come in all shapes. And that is very good. The idea is not to hypnotize oneself on some meaningless numbers but rather to eat the diet (LCHF) and do the exercise (interval training, as it is short, intense, works aerobic and anaerobic cardio and resistance) that will keep us healthy. But exercise will not get us "cut". It will get us fit. Only proper nutrition will have a significant effect on fat.

  9. Susan M.
    The lb to kg conversion for his goal weight is incorrect: 220 lbs = 100 kg, not 110.
  10. Brett
    Hi Guys

    I started this eating plan but found that I was extremely tired and that my muscles burnt badly when I trained in the gym, Is this normal? or have i left something out? Is the goal to stop all carbs so 0% intake?


    Replies: #11, #12
  11. robert
    The purpose is to feel good and be healthy with the least amount of carbs that works for you. That may be 25g a day or 50g or even more. You will need at least a couple of weeks until things click into place. After your body has had a fair chance to get used to this way of eating, then it is time to experiment with the amount of carbs you eat. If you feel like a wet towel on 25g a day, try 35g for a week or so and see how it goes.

    If you haven't already checked it out, try this place for discussion: http://www.reddit.com/r/keto/

  12. Zepp
    Its normal.. becuse you lack glucose for strenuous excersise!

    But its like all other excersise.. no pain no gain.. or in other words.. you are forcing your body to be reliante of fat as predominal fuel.. it could take some time.. for some it take months!

    The goal is not to get to 0% carbs.. its a mission imposible.. ther are carbs in meat, eggs, and such food too.. one cant avoid it!

    Its about to dont eat a lot of junkfood.. whit added carbs.. and dont be afraid of fatty food.. mostly.. perticaly for healty and active people!

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