Eric Esch who goes by the name Butterbean, a former super heavy weightlifting champion, brags about his dramatic 200-pound weight loss and body transformation over the last couple of years.
The 57-year-old pugilist, who goes by the real name Eric Esch, was almost forgotten when he recently took to Instagram to proudly showcase his remarkable physical transformation. He says, “Look, I’ve never done a public weigh-in, First time, I was 515 about a year-and-a-half ago, two years ago, so let’s see what I weigh now”. He further got on the scale and weighed in at 303.8 pounds.
Butterbean kicked off his weight loss journey when he joined a reality TV show, which documents his transformation alongside five others, all under the guidance of former professional wrestling champ Diamond Dallas Page.
Butterbean’s Body Transformation: His Turning Point!
Diamond Dallas Page, a former wrestling champion, became famous for his fitness program called DDP Yoga. He turned this program into a reality TV show called “DDP Yoga: Positively Unstoppable.”
In this show, DDP helps people struggling with weight issues and health problems. The participants come from different backgrounds and have various challenges related to their weight. DDP’s approach combines yoga, exercises with resistance, and motivational coaching to assist them in reaching their fitness goals.
One of the most memorable stories from the show is about Arthur Boorman, a disabled veteran. He went from needing help to walk to regaining his mobility and losing a lot of weight thanks to DDP Yoga.
Butterbean was famously offered a face-off in the ring with Mike Tyson three years ago when Iron Mike returned from retirement. However, he had to decline the offer, citing the precarious state of his physical and mental well-being at that time.
In an interview with The Sun on June 22, Butterbean candidly acknowledged that he had reached a point where he was contemplating the end of his life before embarking on his journey to shed substantial weight. His journey towards better health began when he faced this stark realization of life, in the conversation with The Sun.
“But in my life, I was getting down, I was way overweight and just feeling down. I didn’t know if I had a couple of years to live or not,” he said.
In the same interview, he credited DDP’s program with getting him in the best shape he’d ever been. “And it’s given me more energy and life since I fought regularly. But now, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been,” he said.
While he clarified that he wasn’t considering self-harm, he did acknowledge that he was at a point where he had to make a serious change to improve his health and overall well-being.
At 57 years old, Butterbean made a significant dietary shift, opting for a gluten and dairy-free diet. He now sticks to meals that are low in carbs but high in protein, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable.
In his prime, Butterbean was a global boxing sensation. He snagged the IBA Super Heavyweight championship in 1997 and successfully defended it five times before giving it up in 2000. But, Butterbean’s accomplishments went beyond boxing, as he ventured into mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, making appearances across various promotions.
Wrestling fans will fondly remember his real, unscripted fight at WrestleMania XV in 1999, where he knocked out Bart Gunn in just 34 seconds.
Butterbean, whose real name is Eric Esch, had a childhood that laid the foundation for his future in combat sports. Born on August 3, 1966, in Atlanta, Georgia, he grew up in a modest environment. His early years were marked by a love for sports, particularly football and wrestling. These pursuits likely played a role in shaping his physical abilities and competitive spirit.
While his astounding records in boxing and wrestling stand as an inspiration for the youth, he had his fair share of challenges later in life.
Butterbean’s last fight was in 2013 when he retired due to a shoulder injury during a match against Kirk Lawton in Australia. His final boxing record stood at an impressive 77 wins, 10 losses, and 4 draws.
“I went through a stage where I was looking at the end of my life – not that I was going to kill myself, but I was getting down, I was way overweight and just feeling down,” he said in an interview.
How Did Butterbean Manage To Lose Weight?
The fighter participated in the show of Diamond Dallas Page, a renowned wrestler, who worked to make a television documentary focused on helping celebrities in their weight loss journeys. Although Butterbean didn’t reveal the exact amount of weight he shed, it’s safe to say that this transformation significantly altered the course of his life.
Despite a missed opportunity to face off against Tyson, Butterbean has redirected his focus towards another opponent, the loudmouth YouTuber Jake Paul. This social media sensation has been carving out his reputation in the boxing ring and boasts an undefeated record after six professional fights.
Butterbean isn’t thrilled. He spoke out and defended himself, saying, “I’m not a typical boxer, I go out there to fight, I want to knock somebody out. Jake Paul or Mike Tyson. Jake Paul runs his mouth too much, he’s never fought anybody, I would love to fight him.”
As for the match with Tyson, he says, “But I think people would like to see me and Tyson go at it, which would be a hell of a draw.”