Some of the best people use their life experiences to help others. They use what they’ve learned from being in the trenches so others can avoid those agonizing situations. Cameron Ghassemi is one of these extraordinary people. He’s taken the years he spent in torment from being overweight and then plagued with an eating disorder and dedicated his life to helping people with similar situations — or better yet, trying to prevent others from experiencing what he endured.
These days, Ghassemi is a third-year medical student and founder of his own business, Fitlifeadvice, LLC. Since 2015 when Ghassemi founded Fitlifeadvice, LLC, he has advocated an active and healthy lifestyle and helped people achieve it with training courses, guest speaking gigs, blog posts, personal training, and more.
For Ghassemi, the ridicule he received growing up and the shame it instilled fuels his passion. Specifically, he remembers being mortified in gym class when he could not complete any fitness tests. This event seemed to flip a switch in his head that motivated him to lose weight and get fit.
But it wasn’t that simple. Ghassemi lost weight, but not in a healthy manner. As a result of his obsession with getting thin, he developed an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, a condition that prevented him from having an accurate depiction of his body. With dysmorphia, when he looked in the mirror, he saw a distorted view that tricked his mind into thinking he was still overweight.
Despite comments from family and friends, Ghassemi lived in this tortured world for over a year. He was obsessed with excessive workouts and eating under 1,000 calories a day. He was starving, but when he looked in the mirror, he could not see it. And the ill-effects were not isolated to his physical well-being. He also became withdrawn and distressed.
Finally, with the help of family and friends’ support, his negative body image began to fade, and he could see what this unhealthy lifestyle was doing to him. His father, a physician, provided tremendous support, as did his father’s colleagues. During this time, Ghassemi noticed the overwhelming compassion of his doctors and their genuine instincts to heal. And from this time of healing, Ghassemi developed a passion for helping others. Since then, he has made telling his story and helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle his life’s work by studying medicine and running Fitlifeadvice, LLC.
Fitlifeadvice, LLC, has a tremendous online presence with fitness courses at four levels. The basic package, or Bronze Package, offers a 30-day plan, online training, and a personalized program. The other packages add more options, such as e-mail support, diet advice, supplement advice, weekly check-ins, and much more. Ghassemi also has an apparel line attached to his brand. Leggings, tanks, t-shirts, hoodies, and more are available through a link on his website.
Now, Ghassemi is in his third year of medical school, a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and operating Fitlifeadvice, LLC. Ghassemi says it’s the combination of perspectives that makes his business stand out. He has personal experiences from body dysmorphia, a certified personal trainer’s expertise, and a medical student’s background, all converging to help him understand his clients’ needs. Identifying those needs, however, is only the first step. He then uses his knowledge and training to help them overcome their physical challenges and the mental effects they inflict.
It’s hard to imagine one person being so young and accomplishing so much. For Ghassemi, this energy and passion was unleashed when he was freed from his negative body image by loving, caring doctors. Once out of the trenches and seeing everything quite clearly, Ghassemi found his calling.
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