I helped the world’s fattest boy shed 37 pounds after eating 7,000 calories a DAY—the equivalent of 13 Big Macs—and here’s how
A CHAMPION bodybuilder and top personal trainer has revealed how he helped the ‘world’s fattest boy’ lose more than half his body weight.
Aria Permana, from West Java in Indonesia, went viral when pictures of him weighing an amazing 30 stones at the age of 11 were published.
Ade Rai, 53, a three-time world champion in natural bodybuilding and a successful businessman in his native Indonesia, has taken on the ambitious task of helping the overweight child change his life.
He revealed to The Sun Online that when he met Aria, he was consuming up to 7,000 calories a day — the equivalent of 13 Big Macs.
But after reaching out to his family and putting him on a strict diet and exercise regimen, Ade was able to drop Aria’s weight to 13 stone in just three years, a remarkable 18 stone loss.
Speaking to The Sun Online from his native Indonesia, where he owns 14 fitness centers, Ade, who is still a professional bodybuilder in his 50s, explained how he became involved in Aria’s story.
Ade said he first heard about Aria from the news when he was hospitalized aged 11 and weighing almost 200kg or 31 stone.
The poor boy, who lived in a remote village in West Java, was so big he couldn’t fit in the shower and had to wash himself in a purpose-built pool outside his family’s small house.
His family couldn’t find clothes to match his mammoth build, so he instead wrapped himself in a sarong while he spent his days munching on junk food and fizzy drinks.
He was taken to the hospital, where he underwent bariatric surgery to try to control his weight.
When Ade discovered that the hospital where Aria was being treated was a 10-minute walk from one of its fitness centers, he reached out to the boy’s parents.
When he first visited Aria at the hospital, he said the boy’s father, who works as a security guard, welcomed him “thrilledly.”
He said the most important change he made was Aria’s daily habits.
Ade explained: “He [Aria] ate about 6,000 to 7,000 calories each day.”
For comparison, an average McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger without fries contains 550 calories.
He urged Aria’s parents to stop letting him eat and drink while he was playing video games.
On average, Aria drinks up to “20 cups of soda and six packs of instant noodles every day,” he said.
“Switching from processed foods to homemade whole foods was also one of the most important changes at his death,” Ade added.
“You need to start preparing him and the whole family with healthier meals and structured exercise time so that he gets as much exercise as possible every day and makes incremental progress every week.”
He [Aria] ate about 6,000 to 7,000 calories each day
To help Aria lose weight, Ade bought the boy a badminton racket, a soccer ball, a basketball, and a pair of dumbbells.
He continued, “Because Aria lives 3 hours from the hospital, he comes in for regular check-ups every two weeks.
“So I’ve made it a point to have him visit my gym after every routine hospital visit so we can measure his improvement, then provide more input on the exercise plan and rehearse new exercise moves that we can take home and repeat.”
“He always openly thinks of going to the gym as going to a playground with lots of new fun things to do. And I’m relieved and happy about that.”
Ade would also reward Aria for achieving his fitness goals by giving him gifts like a new PlayStation and a jersey from his beloved Liverpool.
He told him to make small changes, e.g. B. Standing instead of sitting while playing video games and making sure he doesn’t fall back into his old eating habits.
To this day, Ade keeps in touch with Aria and his family to help him stay on a healthier path.
“I treat him like my own nephew,” he said. “Nowadays he stays around 87 to 90 kg (between 13 and 14 stone). That means he’s lost over 100kg and has maintained it for at least two years while also getting taller.”
He added that he “hopes Aria will become more motivated and use his own success as a platform to reach higher goals”.
Always humble, Ade, who shares health advice with his more than 600,000 Instagram followers, downplays his role in helping Aria change his life.
“His weight loss success is a combination of many factors,” he said. “His parents in providing his meals and supporting his exercise program.
“The medical team that performed bariatric surgery on him. A small part of me and my team in terms of exercise knowledge, motivation and diet strategies.
“And of course kudos to Aria herself for going through the journey so bravely and without major discomfort.
“He always wanted to get back to a healthy weight so he could play football again.”
Ade also explained how he got into bodybuilding at the age of just 14, before getting more serious about it when he entered university.
He began competing in the late 1980s and won competitions in New York.
Today he maintains his healthy lifestyle even though he no longer competes and runs the fitness center franchise Rai Fitness and Klub Ade Rai with 14 facilities across Indonesia.
He also founded the Rai Institute, a fitness certification academy that has trained more than 3,000 Indonesian fitness professionals to date.
Ade described his life today: “I am grateful to have been blessed with good health and physical fitness to this day; this has allowed me to share my knowledge and experience, especially with the Indonesian people, so that they too can apply the healthy lifestyle that Natural Bodybuilding has to offer.”
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