Real life weight loss stories: Greg Simpson
Weight loss...23st 7lb
'When I was just 14, I had a growth spurt - and the bones in my ankles fused together making me walk oddly. I was so badly bullied for it, I missed the last 18 months of school altogether.
'But I found comfort in food. Lots of it...
'I'd eat 24 packets of crisps, a loaf of bread made into sandwiches, plus I'd drink 2 litres of cola - just while I watched a film on TV!
'I was desperately unhappy and, by the time I was 18, I weighed 18 stone.
'Life changed when I went to college, met a new bunch of friends and started playing American football. They were looking for a bunch of big guys, and I was certainly that. I was big but could still run around. And I loved it.
'Then I settled down, became a dad and worked at night and looked after the kids during the day. Before long I fell back into my old ways, and went from 25st to 32st in just a year!
'Everything ached - my ankles, knees, back. I was recommended for a gastric bypass, and six years later, weighing 42st, I finally had the op.
'For the first three months, I survived on little more than water and very thin soup. Even now, four years on, I can still only manage small amounts.
'Now I belong to a gym, I weigh 18 1/2 stone and I'm training for the local Strongman competition...
'Because I need to put on muscle, yet I can't eat many calories, I take a supplement called Udo's Choice. It provides energy without adding weight.
'Slowly but surely, I'm burning off extra body fat. Trouble is, I still have a huge spare tyre of loose skin around my middle that looks and feels horrendous.
'I hate it, and though I was promised the op to get rid of it when I had my bypass, my local health authority has now stopped my funding, and my only option is to find £7,000 to have it done privately.
'I've still got a way to go until I'm really happy with my body - but look how far I've come!'
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