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60 Pounds Lighter! Lanre Aluko-Olokun shares his remarkable weight-loss story

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Two days before his final undergraduate exams, tragedy struck – Lanre Aluko-Olokun (Jazz)  lost his father. While the 20 year old Business Economics & Finance student bravely went on to complete his final examinations at Loughborough University, however, the death of his father was a turning point in his life.

The singer/songwriter/designer went on a journey of finding love in himself, part of this process of loving himself was accomplishing something he had always want to do which was to get healthier, lose weight and get in shape, not only for himself but also

1. Be an Inspiration to others
2. Be Healthy & Look Sexy
3. Challenge Himself!

As of today, Lanre has lost over 60 pounds! He shares his inspiring weight-loss story with BellaNaija.com

Lanre - Then & Now

In the Beginning
I was skinny as a child, I was a junior athlete and recall being the fastest in my primary school set. I started gaining weight at the age of 8 when my family moved to America. By the time we came moved back to Nigeria, it was too late. In my mind, I was still that skinny child. Little did I know!

The Tipping Point
My highest weight was 108kg. I went into a store with a friend to buy jeans one day. I used to wear waist 38, I tried it on but it wasn’t my size.
I think I tried another and same, I had to buy a pair of size 40 jeans, I was so embarrassed! This is when I started to realise I was really big and getting even bigger.

Turning Things Around
Losing my dad and finding love in myself inspired me to lose weight. After losing my dad earlier this year 2 days before my final exams (which I completed well, Thank God), I realised I had to love myself to move on and let go of many things – part of that was living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight.

I kept my weight-loss plan a secret from most of my friends and family. I almost didn’t tell my mum, I wanted to surprise her when next we saw but we gist too much I just had to! Only about 3 close friends knew what I was doing until others started seeing the difference. Everyone has been very supportive. Some friends and even my mum joined in the process and lost weight as well.

The Hard Part
This was not my first attempt at weight-loss. The first attempt was in 2009, at that point, I lost 4kg within a month but I ended up gaining it back. I was not focused and could not let go of comfort feeding. This time, I went on a low calorie diet which consists of mainly liquids, soups, porridge and shakes (BN Note: Please ensure that you obtain advice and guidance from a medical professional before embarking on a low calorie diet), the more you lose weight the higher calories you can consume. For a month I was eating as low as 418 calories a day and drinking water like a camel. I also went to the gym 6 days a week and attended gym classes including spin, body combat and Zumba.

Temptation & Keeping the Weight Off!
To be honest, in the past it crossed my mind once or twice to do some ‘Pakuromo’ diets but I never have. I eat healthier and try to continue to workout and pray. As far as I am concerned my faith has led me to a ‘Jesus diet’ (what I call it) – I pray ‘O you spirit of carbs I bind you’. Ok, really not that deep but I pray not to gain weight and constantly ask God for grace.

Now
Being in the image conscious fashion and music industries, I was not under pressure to lose weight. Instead, by being healthy and losing weight, I knew I would be able to be an inspiration to my supporters and loved ones. Being healthy has also allowed me to be more productive in all I do and come out with greater outcomes both in my role as a musician and fashion designer.

I have to admit that I feel very loved! And the ladies love me more now.
You would always have the happy friends and the envious ones but majority are happy. People now call me and refer others to me for advice. There is a girl I know; she, her mum and her sister have all lost weight after we spoke and they spoke to me and heard my story. It gives me joy to help people, I want to see people happy. Being an inspiration definitely makes the whole experience worth it!

To anyone trying to lose weight
My advice is
First – You have to love yourself. Love yourself enough to know why you want to lose weight.

Second – what are your motives? They should be right i.e. lose the weight for yourself and not anybody or the media.

Third – There will be hard times but encourage yourself and surround yourself with people who will encourage you. Remember that it doesn’t happen overnight!

Fourth – Get pictures of people who have lost weight and inspire you and use that and their story as your motivation

Last but most importantly – Involve God. There’s absolutely nothing he can’t do, remember he gives grace!

Lanre - 60 pounds lighter!

Limitless Possibilities
I finished an undergraduate course at Loughborough University in the UK were I studied Business Economics and Finance and now I am into my music career and fashion designing business full time.
I’m so excited I have new music out soon, I recently dropped a mixtape called ‘MEMOIRS’ and it did very well.

The new music and designs I am coming out are going to reflect my personal life. My next single is literally inspired by my experience and called ‘Losing Weight’.

Click HERE to download Lanre (Jazz)’s Mixtape
Also check out his blog – http://www.ldbdesigns.blogspot.com and follow him on twitter – @jazzofficial
Listen to “No Song” by Jazz
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47 Comments

  1. aw

    September 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Lanreee, so proud of you. Drove past you yesterday in town and you were doing your brisk walk and all. Couldn’t believe my eyes. You look great. God bless you x x x

    • Answer

      September 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Wowzer! I know hiiim. Well not know like that but I’ve seen him in Nottingham a couple of times. Good for you dude. Well done!!

  2. omophunk

    September 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I absolutely love this, especially him mentioning that he involved God and that you should do it for the love of yourself and not that of your friends or the media..I love that. God bless you Lanre, I am highly inspired!

  3. Alero

    September 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    this is so inspiring. I’m happy for ypu Lanre. Been trying to loose some calories too. Hmm. God help me.

  4. Nifesimi

    September 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    This is very inspiring i was just talking about this issue with my mum. She’s encouraged by this because she’s on a diet dictated by her doctor. God bless you.

  5. Africhic

    September 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I have been trying but i wont give up. I seem to be the only one not able to keep weight off….I will embrace the Jesus diet. Love my self more, this fat must go.

  6. Ada

    September 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    well done- you sure do look great. But please adhere to his advise of seeking medical advise before you start your diet. 418 calories a day is quite extreme- and it is not for everyone…be safe in loosing weight!

  7. JC son

    September 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Acknowledging the help of God is absolutely fantastic. Go9d is so mindful of every detail of our lives. well done brova

    • Blush

      September 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      so true

  8. Demmy

    September 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    What a great story. That’s inspiration for ppl who want to loose weight! 🙂

  9. Alumni

    September 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Proudly reping Loughborough Uni, well done!!!

  10. Pelumi

    September 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Wow, thats nice to hear. last time i saw u, i felt like a complete “lepa” n didnt know how to hug my own young bro. lol. Just remain focused in whatever u do and with God, ur weight loose is gonna be a lil achievement to the success in your career.
    much luv

  11. missp

    September 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    inspiring *teary eye*bless you lanre

  12. mia

    September 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I love him….So proud of him.

  13. PD

    September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    am guilty of pakurumo diets oh……God bless u….really inspired!

  14. Aibee

    September 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hmmm!Now I’m re-inspired to resume my diet again. Thank you Lanre. Giod bless you.

  15. Tkamz

    September 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Aww Lanre.. So so happy…. Proud of you love… No song can explain the way I feel right now

  16. Lara

    September 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    OMG!!! Lanre!!!!! it is well with you!! Im soooooooooooooooooo happy for you. You are an inspiration to many people that would want to lose weight. I thank God for how far He has brought you and how He helped you overcome. Keep doing what you’re doing and He will take you even higher xxx

    • It is I

      September 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Lmaooooo….even if ur name wasn’t there, I will still know it was u with all the ecstatic writing! Lanre am inspired ohh!!

  17. bookkey

    September 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    So proud of you love,you are not only an inspiration but a blessing to others..

  18. cathy

    September 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    now i am going to lose mine too, 91.5kg but before the end of the year i want to be right back to 75kg. yes i can do it!

    • pynk

      September 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      uhm Cathy not to rain on ur parade, but if u lose all that weight in 4 monthlys, u are likely to gain it back.

    • aw

      September 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

      @pynk, also sorry to rain on your parade. But 91.5kg to 75 kg by the end of the year is only 16.5 kg and there’s seventeen weeks till the year ends. Do the Math! Less than a kilo to lose each week. I train people to lose weight the right way, i.e balanced diet, exercise and a sound mind. And I normally achieve at least 2-3 kilos a week per client and they keep the weight off 98% of the time. I even have clients who lose a kilo a day and still keep it up. If you watch shows like Biggest Loser, in the first week of weight loss, some of those contestants lose as much as 41 pounds (about 18kilos) in only 7days. This happens when the body has been shocked by the diet and exercise, after which, if maintained, the person in question keeps shedding weight but not as fast. For someone of Cathy’s size, 18 kilos in the first week won’t happen but if she goes on a proper diet, she can lose a huge chunk of the 16.5 kilos in just a week. From my vast experience, I would say that she can reach her goal weight by Mid November if she faces it squarely. So, my dear Cathy, good luck and please, Madam pynk, cease from discouraging people and raining on their parades with no prior experience or knowledge. GOOD LUCK CATHY!!! GO GIRL!!! GO FOR IT! NEVER GIVE IN!!! X X X

  19. omoT

    September 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    So inspiring, well done! Life is really funny cos I’v been a ‘lepa’ all my life n pressure made me want the exact opposite. Rite now tho’ I just eat healthy n ignore people’s comment.

  20. Ruthie

    September 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Lanreeee!

  21. tgal

    September 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I really want to lose some weight too but I don’t even know how to start or where to start. Your story has inspired me too.

  22. Zinny

    September 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Very inspiring story! You look amazing….well done!

  23. pynk

    September 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    very inspiring story. More power to him. However 418 calories a day is dangerously low. I simply tell folks, stop counting calories, for everything u want to eat or have been eating, cut it in half or eat only 3/4. Drink ur 8 glasses of water a day. start with 30 mins of exercise a day whether u r crawling or walking, just start. And from there u will get better. The goal for weight loss is to lose weight while being healthy and keep of the weight. If u crash diet and lose weight, u will gain it back faster than u lost it.
    After God, ur fitness should come next. If you dont push urself in the wrong direction and do things gradually, u will get results. Remember u didnt get to ur current size in 6 months, so how do u expect to get out of it in that same period.
    Stay blessed and happy weight loss folks.

  24. Omoyeni

    September 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Thumbs up…

  25. dolly

    September 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    418 calories a day would help u loose weight but a serious bad idea minimum should be at least 1200 calories /day

  26. mary007

    September 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I like his personal style

  27. posh

    September 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Really inspiring,am blessed to read dis todai!

  28. Me

    September 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    You look goooood!

  29. ibi

    September 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    wowwwwwzer, boy u look amaaazing, cute and HOTTTT.!!!!!!!!!!!!keep it up.xo

  30. Akpeno

    September 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Abeg which one be Pakuromo diet again?

  31. hajiya

    September 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    WTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..dis is just too fabulous!c how ddg he looks now!so daper..

  32. aosgrl

    September 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I admire his dedication to change things about his life that did not bring him dissatisfaction. But this is a tad bit irresponsible Bellanaija. Any medical professional worth their salt will tell you that 418 calories a day is actually starvation. I mean he’s pretty much confessing that he had to become a bordeline anorexic to loose weight. I see your disclaimer about consulting a medical doctor before engaging and call you out on it. Medical guidance says the best way to loose weight is portion control and daily exercise. 418 calories a day is not a sustainable and healthy practice. And quite frankly not something that should portrayed in a manner that suggests it is.

  33. this is really inspiring, good job, i’m happy for u, meeehhnnn the difference is so so clear.

  34. Veratracy

    September 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    When it comes to losing and maintaining a healthy weight, commitment is the key!!!!

  35. Layo

    September 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Soooo inspiring…I have been trying to lose weight myself for like 3 years…but no luck at all… this has really motivated me….thanks so much for sharing your story……hope to look better

  36. Istidele

    September 2, 2011 at 2:55 am

    If he is talking about the Cambridge diet, anyone dat works a regular job should not try it

  37. kidi

    September 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

    you have always been stylish and i think you look great now that you have lost some weight. great luck with your music career and fashion designing business. you have really inspired me to lose some weight and for the right reasons too.

  38. asa

    September 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Well done, he looks great

  39. Ada

    September 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

    The number of DUMB ignorant comments here of everyone claiming to know or drop knowledge about calorie intake and weightloss..is alarming!!
    He did it his way and it worked for him! Shikena!! Quit talking about he starved himself….where u there with him?? And did he tell u he was hungry???
    I am a living example of the kind of weightloss he did. And YES I have kept it off going to 3 YEARS now! So all this rubbish about it comes back, is BULL!!. Bottom line is this, CHANGE UR LIFESTYLE AND EATING HABITS, THE WEIGHT WILL SURELY STAY OFF!! Finish! All this long story u guys are giving and discouraging people is pointless.
    On another note, I’m thinking of starting a weightloss centre for women in Naija. Coaching them and all…coz all these Mama Iyabos in that Nigeria walking up and down blowing up after 1 kid is terrible!!

    • Ada

      September 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Calm it. 418 calories is low-it worked for him does not make it right.

  40. omalicha

    September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    congratulations lanre im proud of you . keep up d god work hun xoxo…

  41. bignwach

    September 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    wooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

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