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Nicolas Cole: How to Gain 80 lbs. of Muscle, Celiac Disease, and Why World of Warcraft Gets you Jacked

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Nicolas Cole is a nonfiction writer, former-weakling-turned-fitness-model, and a loyal listener of The Fat-Burning Man Show. He’s one heck of a dude with incredible insight and perspective to share with you.

Cole, as he’s called, spent the first 18 years of his life undiagnosed with celiac disease, and just happens to have a history as one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft video game players in North America. This will be important later…

Cole spent the first 18 years of his life barely breaking the 100 pound mark. As the epitome of a hard-gainer, you’ll definitely want to hear his story. He contributed a guest post this week that’s already getting powerful feedback – take a read HERE.

Nicolas Cole on The Fat-Burning Man Show

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Alright, on to the show with Cole. This one is inspiring – please take a listen. We cover:

  • Why grinding in World of Warcraft makes gaining 80 pounds of pure muscle easy.
  • How the world treats you as a 90 pound weakling.
  • What celiac disease actually feels like.
  • Why one bodybuilder paying it forward to a scrawny teenager changed the world.
  • And tons more…
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20 Comments

  • Nate says:

    Wow! One of your best interviews ever. I’ve recently taken up weightlifting again, so it’s inspiring to see what young Nicolas has done. His comments about discipline, goal-setting and the importance of process vs. results are spot on. This last point is a characteristic I have observed in many successful people, regardless of their occupation. When you do the right things consistently, good things will happen.

  • adrian says:

    Was wondering with all the talk about force feeding and “hard gainer” why cole never talked about increasing fat calories. Only protein and carb ratios were given but for someone that focused so much of the show on making a point that it was hard to eat that much food and listening to this show in particular why the fat topic never came up. I would think butter, coconut and olive oil could have alleviated a few years of grocery bills as well as the logistics of all that food intake. Other than that question it was a great show and I like how he had that one person who brought him into a world which he never expected to be.

    • Emily Dewey says:

      Good point Adrian, important to remember though that a large part of it has to do with macronutrients levels being very bioindividualistic. Cole has it pretty much built down to a science about the necessary amounts of protein/carbs/fats he needs for the work he does. Potentially higher carb & protein levels work better for him than going the more calorically dense butter/coconut/olive oil route. Great point though! – Emily, FBM Team

  • Edwin Adams says:

    Fantastic interview! Thoroughly enjoyed the listener interview. As the many success stories previously showcased on TheFatBurningMan were educational and inspiring, Cole represented the hard work and dedication taking place at an earlier stage on the journey. I was humbled by his honesty and touched by his life changing tenacity. I look forward to hearing more like this! Thanks, Abel, for fascilitating change through words and action. Much appreciated. Mad respect. Best wishes for continued success.

  • Mark says:

    Great and inspiring interview! Thank you, Abel and Nicholas.

    I can relate, as I spent my teenage years almost entirely as a pc nerd.

    Cheers from Germany (you have listeners here, too!) ;-)

  • Rich Hoschler says:

    I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Nicolas Cole & Abel for such an inspiring Podcast!! I am a 37 yr old 6ft male who has weighed about 150 lbs forever. Almost 90% of the information online is to help people how to lose weight and nothing helps us skinny folk. All information tells us we just have a “small frame” and nothing will help, even weights. Are there any other tips besides force-feeding food that can help?? I currently follow the Bulletproof diet and would love more tips on how to add muscle & lbs. Specific weight regiment? Please have more info on your show for us ectomorphs!!

  • Kris says:

    This was one of my favorite podcast’s ever. I have thought about it for days. Nicolas is such a well spoken and honest young man! He gave me a totally different perspective on gaming, and how we are perceived. I was so impressed and look forward to reading his book. Thanks Abe, love your podcast. Your show has turned me on to several other great podcast’s (Rich Roll and School of Greatness). Loving the journey! Cheers!

  • Kendra says:

    Your description of celiac is probably the most accurate I’ve heard. It’s rare to hear about the emotional side of the disease. Cheers to you and all your hard work.

  • Natalie says:

    This is my favorite listener podcast! So much of this resonated with me. I am a 23 year old who has only regained my health in the last 3 years, but as a female, for my teenage years I had to endure multiple doctors implying that I was anorexic. It also really bothers me that the people who treat gluten-free as a fad are ruining it for the people for whom it really matters. I always tell waiters who look like they aren’t treating me seriously or flat out ask me how sensitive I am that it won’t kill me, but I’ll spend the next few days wishing I was dead. Good work, Cole!

  • Erin says:

    Finally got around to listening to this and I am so glad I did. What an intelligent and insightful young man. This podcast has definitely inspired me to train harder and eat better. I won’t lie, Abel, after the interview with the anti-vaccination chiropractor I wrote you off for a while, but this podcast has brought me back. Great one!

  • Ryan M says:

    I’d like to hear how nicolas deals with his AS. Did it go when he remove the gluten? I have this condition and find it hard to lift heavy with volume or frequency.

    • Emily Dewey says:

      He definitely saw some impressive improvements with removing gluten! Feel free to reach out to him directly, he’s quite happy to chat with anyone about his experience :) – Emily, FBM Team

  • Chase says:

    I just listened to this podcast last night and really enjoyed it. Nicolas had a lot of insight into accepting others where they are, and helping them get to the next step. I enjoyed listening to his story and then checking out the transformation that he went though.

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