Man Who Ate 24 Packs Of Crisps A Day Undergoes Amazing Weight Loss Transformation
A man who was putting away 24 packets of crisps a day - on top of three Big Macs and 12 litres of fizzy drinks - has managed to drop 18 stone, after doctors warned him he was eating himself into an early grave.
Mark Hardie, 49, weighed 31st 1lb after years of tucking into crisps, burgers, fish and chips and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The diagnosis shocked Mark into action and he decided to ditch his unhealthy 6,000-calorie-a-day diet and switched to a new health lifestyle, joining a gym and sorting out his meals.
Mark says at his heaviest he was wearing 6XL t-shirts and 58-inch waist trousers, but thanks to his new lifestyle he's lost 10-inches off his waist and dropped 18st in a year and a half.
Before that Mark, from Dalmuir, West Dunbartonshire, was starting his day with a bowl of cornflakes covered in SEVEN tablespoons of sugar, followed by a portion of fish and chips for lunch and three McDonald's Big Mac meals - with a strawberry milkshake - for his tea.
Alongside all of that, he was working his way through a 24-pack of crisps, a packet of biscuits, chocolate and six two-litre bottles of fizzy drink.
Mark explained: "I used to be really thin growing up but from the age of 27 I started to comfort eat and I ended up gaining more weight as time went on.
"My mental health just wasn't great.
"So when I eventually got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 31-years-old that was it - I began to feel really suicidal.
"I just couldn't be bothered with life or anything. I was tired all the time, always gasping for air.
"It would take me 1 hour and 10 minutes to walk 20 metres because I would stop and start.
"At some points, I would just lean on a wall because I couldn't stay on my feet for long.
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"Without a word of a lie, I would honestly eat 24 bags of Walkers crisps - I would always get the multi-pack.
"It was just ridiculous. I would eat anything and everything, just as much as I could.
"Even though I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and given insulin to keep my blood sugar level from getting too high, I was still eating a lot of sugary things.
"My blood sugar levels were meant to be between 4 to 7mml/L but instead they were sky high at 33.
"I was getting up during the night and getting through bottles of fizzy drinks and also during the day.
"So, my doctor said I had to lose weight otherwise I wouldn't be around any longer and since 18 months ago I have been on a mission to lose all of it."
Mark decided to join his local gym and met a personal trainer Gary who helped him sort out his diet and introduced him to high intensity interval training (HIIT).
His hard work has paid off, as well as dropping a load of weight, feeling healthier and being happy, Mark has also found out that he no longer has type 2 diabetes.
"I am so proud of myself," he added. "I feel so much lighter and I have more energy.
"I'm more enthusiastic and I no longer get suicidal thoughts. I can even stand for long periods of time.
"It doesn't take me as long to walk 20 metres - I can do that in a few minutes now.
"Gary has been a great help with everything, if it wasn't for him I'm not sure how I could have done it.
"I have a bit of excess skin left so I'm waiting to see if the NHS will do the surgery to remove it.
"I just want to tell people that if I can do it then they can do it too. My wife is happy to see me at my best now as well."
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