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A dad who 'didn't recognise himself' after piling on the pounds has managed to get fit and shed the load.
Scott Ross, from Dunmow, Essex, says long days at work and years of unhealthy eating saw his weight slowly creep up, with the 48-year-old eventually weighing in at 19st 7lbs.
But the father-of-two recently managed to turn things around and get fit, ditching the fast-food for a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.
After just 90 days, Scott shed the load and now weighs just 13st and boasts a shredded six pack.
Speaking about what he used to look like, Scott says: "I barely recognised myself in our holiday photos, I felt so unhappy with my appearance.
"I rented a kayak to go out on the sea with my two sons, Matt, 15, and Luke, 14, and after five minutes I was incredibly out of breath.
"It was a real shock always as I was a fairly fit person in the past and played a lot of rugby growing up.
"When we got back to the apartment, I just didn't recognise myself in the mirror anymore, and so I made the conscious decision to do something about it when I got back."
Scott says that he saw his weight balloon after he started his own travel company back in 2018, spending 14 hours a day behind a desk and eating processed foods.
After flicking through some holiday snaps, he decided to ditch the junk food and began exercising regularly, following a three-month fitness and diet plan and working out four days a week.
"My original intention was to get down to around 16 or 17st," he said.
"After those 90 days I was sporting a six pack and didn't want to give up, I kept up the drive to get leaner, add more muscle and after nine months I looked like I do today weighing 13st."
Along with the training, Scott's diet now looks completely different to how it did just a couple of years ago, though he still enjoys the odd treat.
He said: "A lot of my diet these days will consist of high levels of protein, green carbs like quinoa and brown rice and healthy fats like avocado and extra virgin olive oil.
"I even tried a lot of new vegetarian and vegan dishes which before I would have never dreamt of trying.
"When you get comfortable, you can keep this lifestyle easy and, on the weekend, still have the odd treat like pizza & wine like I do."
And all of this, Scott says, has combined to improve his mental health.
He added: "Your energy levels are far healthier, and I am rarely ever stressed any more.
"Through lockdown, it kept me focused and I never fell into the doom and gloom mindset, I just applied the mindset of focusing on things you can control and not things you cannot."
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