Q&A with Jacques Verwey:

We sat down with Jacques who placed third in the Men’s Weight Loss category of our Winter’s 8-Week Challenge 2023. We wanted to find out the secret to his success and he was happy to share it with us.


Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.

This has been my 4th competition in the last 3 years, and it has been a different experience every time. At 1st I joined because nothing else was helping on my journey to lose weight. But I quickly learned that this was more a journey than a quick fix. After all it took me 40 odd years to get that big….3 years later I am now in total averaging 30 kgs lighter…. not yet at my ideal weight, but that is exactly why I will be joining the next challenge again…still have 25 kg to go and I have not yet achieved 1st place…lol!

What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek Transformation Challenge?

I got fed up with quick fixes…. they do not last!

Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.

In the 1st challenges I tried different “diets”…. none of them stuck. In the last challenge I was playing with intermittent fasting (18 – 6) every second day and not consuming more than 1750 calories per day. I did not follow any other rules and did not only consume healthy foods. As long as I stayed under…. the weight started coming down.

Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.

In this challenge there was no specific plan…it was simple…whatever I did for the day had to equal more than 1200 calories burned for the day – measured with fitness watch.

If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?

Stop over thinking the process – concentrate on what works for you – there is no single solution to success and no road travelled too fast is ever worth it. Enjoy the companionship of the group as they will carry you through the difficult times when you think it is time to give up.

Why should people enter the challenge?

Personally, to me it is the support structure and not feeling alone. Being super competitive it also gives you the results to measure yourself against all the time.

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