A man has wowed many with his jaw-dropping transformation after losing nearly 19 stone, after getting fed up with always being the ‘fat friend’.
30-year-old Nathan Ranklin from Peckham in London was told by doctors aged 14 that if nothing was done about his body size he wouldn’t make his 30th birthday.
He realised he needed to do something about his weight after he tipped the scales at 36st 9lbs.
Thanks to The 1:1 Diet by Plan, Nathan has now lost 18st 13lbs, and looks unrecognizable at 17st 10lb.
Nathan said: ‘I couldn’t do all of the things my friends were doing. I couldn’t go to theme parks because I wouldn’t fit in the seats, I couldn’t do go-karting or quad biking because I was too big for the cars and bikes.
‘I just use to lie to my friends and said I didn’t like doing those things, but the truth was I couldn’t go because I was so fat.
‘I also broke the seats in my car because I was so big and of course I always needed the seat belt extensions on planes.
‘I even took out a credit card just in case I needed to buy two seats.’
He recalls that he would indulge in takeaway chicken and chips at least six times a week, where he would eat a ten-piece family bucket and six white chocolate cookies to himself.
He added: ‘I also was a really heavy drinker, especially after I lost my dad to cancer in 2014, my drinking began to spiral out of control.
‘I went out at least four times a week and I would polish off two bottles of vodka before leaving the house, and throughout the week I would have a few glasses of spiced rum and Coke.
‘Thankfully I was approached by my consultant, Debbie, from The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, who asked if I needed her help. Which I really did need.
‘I remember Debbie weighed me, and I thought was about 28st, but when I saw 36st 9lbs come up on the scales my heart left me. I could not believe it.
‘That is the moment that I realised that I really was on my way to killing myself.
‘So I started the plan and started trying to exercise by walking. Because I was so big even just a short walk was hard.
‘After a few weeks the weight started to fall off me and I got a new lease of life.’
After losing weight, Nathan was thrilled when he could walk into Tesco or Primark to shop for new clothes.
He added: ‘When I was at my biggest I couldn’t walk into normal shops and buy my clothes because they didn’t have big enough sizes. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was when I walked into Primark and seen tops for about £5. The t-shirts that I had to buy were at least £25.’
Weighing 17st 10lbs currently, Nathan describes himself as a fitness freak as he is excited to wake up every morning for a 5k run or to get out on his bike for a 35-mile cycle.
Nathan said: ‘I have completely turned my life around. Being slim is completely alien to me, I feel like a kid at Christmas, I am just so excited about everything now.
‘I have gone from “biggie” to “slender” and I have won Cambridge’s male slimmer of the year award. It’s mad.
‘My whole life was built around living up to this “biggie” persona and making terrible unhealthy choices, but now I have regained my identity and live my life, without having to say “I can’t’ to everything”.’