Doug Polk Narrowly Loses $200K Body Fat Loss Prop Bet to Bill Perkins
a year ago, Doug Polk Bet $200,000 50% less body fat Play against other poker players for 365 days bill perkins… He revealed on Thursday that he was nowhere near winning.
The bet starts on February 11, 2022, without much regulation. By February 10, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time, up poker The founder had to lose at least 50% of his body fat, from about 28% to 13.85%, or he would be skinny. He's free to choose whatever diet and exercise regimen he wants.
By the end of the challenge, he was down to 15.1 percent body fat, just 1.3 percent away from winning. Instead, he lost $200,000 to avid prop bettor Perkins.
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poker news talk to three times world series of poker The bracelet winner gave an insight into his routine over the past year as he attempted not only to win a six-figure bet but also to improve his fitness. While he didn't succeed in the former, he did the latter.
“For the first five months or so, I mainly planned to try to build some muscle, but didn't really focus on losing weight,” says Polk.
For the first few months, Polk explained, he made no progress. In fact, he was going backwards and had to reevaluate.the owner of Lodgeka Club In Austin, Texas, hired “a lot of people[who are paying me to lose body fat]who either don't know what they're doing or just want to keep their jobs.”
Six weeks into the challenge, a nutritionist tried to convince him he was making progress, even though he had actually gained body fat, he said. So, he had to make some changes, one of which included getting rid of his nutritionist and personal trainer, or he would have no chance of success.
“I got to the point where I decided I needed to take care of things myself. So I fired everyone and did it myself,” Polk said. “Since August, my progress has been really good. I've been losing pounds steadily every month.”
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Around that time, Perkins recommended a new coach who would be helpful in Polk's transition. Since then, his workout and eating habits have included lifting weights 5-6 times a week in the early morning, some cardio and six small meals a day for a total of about 1,800 calories. Every four days, he increases his calorie intake to 2,300 calories.
Eating just a few egg whites and some raspberries for breakfast, followed by the same handful of rice, fruit and grilled chicken throughout the day, did the heads-up poker star a disservice.
“The number one problem I have is when I'm in a severe calorie deficit, I can't sleep,” says Polk.
There is a misconception about the type of bet Polk is getting into, which he said he noticed from social media comments. This is not a weight loss bet. In fact, Polk could have put on weight during the challenge, but if he had replaced body fat with muscle, he would still have won. That said, he's lost about 30 pounds in net weight since the challenge began a year ago.
Three weeks earlier, he had a DEXA scan, which measures body composition such as body fat and muscle mass. The results showed that his body fat rate was 17.2%, which is about 39% lower than when the challenge started. But he still has some serious work to do to hit exactly 13.85 percent body fat to win the bet.
Polk will face some obstacles later in the challenge, most notably becoming a father for the first time.this texas poker room owner wife Caitlin gave birth Otis Douglas Polk On January 27th, about two weeks before prop betting ends. On top of that, he made an effort to hit the gym and eat normally during a massive ice storm that hit Austin last week.
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Had it been possible to do it all over again, Polk would “change my original strategy.” But he thinks it's unlikely he'll return to his old diet and fitness routine “because I've got the fundamentals right now.”
While he understands that betting against an Iowa grad like Perkins isn't usually a winning proposition, he doesn't see it as an outright failure.
“I'm in the best shape of my life,” Polk claimed.
That may be true, but he's also $200,000 less rich. Polk posted a video on YouTube on Thursday that further explained the challenges he's faced over the past year (see below).
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*Image courtesy of Doug Polk.