By Mark McConville
MEET the perfectly sculpted Greek God who could be the world’s fittest PhD student.
Stunning pictures show the 14-stone, two-pound Christos Barkas (30), from Athens, showing off his 10 per cent body fat and chiselled abs on the beach, on a hike and in the gym.
Other incredible images show the Psychologist PhD Student and part-time model blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, in his robes at a graduation and posing for the camera.
Christos, who currently lives in New York, USA, is also pictured as a teenager before he transformed his body in the gym but he explained how diet is much more important than working out.
“You can read it everywhere and still it’s important to say it at every opportunity,” he said.
“Diet is 75% to 80% of the work and the rest is training. You can train to burn some of the bad food and nothing more, but a good diet will give you the energy and it will make each training session worth it.
“Without a good healthy nutritious diet you will never see your body as it can be no matter how many hours you spend at the gym.
“I’m trying to have three big meals and three smaller meals during the day. When I’m working out I get very hungry during the day and I have to make sure I make good choices. As I like to say a good workout ‘forgives’ but a good diet ‘creates’.”
Christos weighed 16st 7lb as a teenager before he started working out and eating healthily when he left his family home to study at university in another town. He now weighs 14st 2lb but is only 10% body fat.
The student explained how he built his body up slowly, with small changes and targets at a time. He also mentioned the importance of mental health.
“I think that the term transformation is not the right word,” said Christos.
“I think transition fits better because transformation means a rapid change and in my case the change happened with little steps and small goals.
“But if you compare my physique 10 years ago and now, yes it is a big transformation. But people must understand and realise that this is not happening in one day or month or even year, but each day closer to your goal makes you feel happy and that it counts.
“Before my “change” I don’t think I was feeling a lot about myself, and maybe that was the problem, the way I was treating myself, and the bad food and way of life that I chose for me indicates that I definitely wasn’t aware to be and feel healthier, more productive, and wasn’t care about how I look and how the people around me see me.
“For me now the gym or when I have the time kite surf is my psychotherapy, I feel like am detoxing all my bad energy, dealing with thoughts that have on my mind and solve (or try at least) anything that bothers me.
“I think that am on a good point with myself, most of the time. It’s an ongoing progression like anything else.
“The most important thing is to achieve a good standing point with yourself is to work also mentally. Working out and diet is nothing without a good state of mind – how you feel with yourself and where you see yourself being in relation with the others and also how you feel, how you evaluate yourself gives the fuel for all the other.
“If you see yourself ugly, fat, worthless, no matter how strict you’re on diet and workout you’ll never be happy and satisfied.”