Guy Loses Almost 13st While Still Eating Pizzas, McDonald's And Crisps
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Usually if you're trying to drop a few pounds, the first thing you do is ditch the junk food and start chowing down on less calorific meals, but one US man dropped almost 13st while still chomping his way through pizzas, McDonald's meals and Cheetos. Teach me your ways, pal.
Thirty-four-year-old Anthony Brown from Riverside, California, says he spent 13 years overweight after regularly eating 8,000 calories a day, but when his sister Ashley, 30, was diagnosed with diabetes he was shocked into action.
Anthony headed for the scales, which had a 26st 11lb capacity, only to be hit with an error message. Deciding enough was enough, Anthony cleaned up his diet, and started eating meals of porridge and grilled chicken with vegetables.
However, he quickly realised this wasn't sustainable for him, so instead swapped to smaller portions of the fast food he had previously enjoyed. Sticking to a strict 2000 calories a day limit, and working out for around an hour a day, Anthony, who is 6'5, dropped down to 13st 12lb in just two years.
Anthony said: "If my sister was sick and I was bigger than her, I feared that I could be sick too. I knew I had to start doing something different.
"I hadn't weighed myself in years. My friend had a scale that went up to 375 pounds and I thought that would definitely work for me, but it just said 'error.'
"It was so hard to accept that I weighed over 375 pounds.
"I had a clean diet for a month and I was already getting the urge to binge. That was when I ditched the healthy diet and realised that if I ate normal portions of my favorite foods, I wouldn't get those urges.
"My weight was dropping every week and I was still able to eat so many delicious meals. It was amazing."
He has since gained muscle and weighs 14st 12lb, and is now helping other people get in shape following his 'junk food diet' and exercise regime.
He added: "I basically started working out to make sure I wouldn't get stuck with excess skin. I didn't spend much time in the gym though and I still don't. It's just not the type of person I am.
"I love helping others lose weight because I understand exactly what they're going through. If anyone is going to understand their struggle, it's going to be me."
As well as serious boost to his confidence, Anthony says since losing weight he's got tons more energy and no longer suffers with back pain.
"One thing I really hated was being called big guy," he said. "I've always been tall, but I know that's not the reason they were calling me that.
"When I was younger, I used to get a lot of female attention and once I gained weight it just stopped. Once I lost weight, it started coming back."
Now he's happy with his weight and has been experimenting with his diet to see what works, adding: : "Sometimes I'll have nothing but a cup of coffee for breakfast, very low calorie snacks throughout the day and then a 1,600-calorie dinner at 7pm.
"Some people don't like the idea of that, but I really like it and it's been working."
Through his work as a personal trainer, Anthony says he's kept on track by his clients.
He said: "Now that I'm basically finished with my journey, helping them is my motivation to stay in shape.
"It has kept me intact. As long as I'm training someone, I know that I can't let myself go."