Graham Waugh, 45, piled on the pounds when depression and anxiety trapped him indoors for more than a decade, pushing his weight to a crippling 52 stone. He has now lost a total of n unbelievable 31 stone!
One of Britain’s fattest men who used to guzzle more than 100 pints of Coke a WEEK is opening the county’s first gym for the super obese – after he lost a staggering 31 stone.
Married Graham Waugh, 45, piled on the pounds when depression and anxiety trapped him indoors for more than a decade, pushing his weight to a crippling 52 stones.
He gorged on 12 takeaways and 21 family bags of peanut M&Ms a week, all washed down with a can of coke every half an hour – or more than 16 pints a DAY.
But determined Graham – who also used to smoke 80 cigarettes a day – turned his life around after his big brother suddenly died, spurring him to turn his life around.
He shed a stone a month thanks to a rigorous gym routine at Active4less fitness club in Luton, a strict diet and two operations – thought to be one of Britain’s biggest weight losses.
Graham is now drawing up a business plan for the UK’s first gym for overweight, obese and super obese people.
He said “All I could concentrate was food. I felt like I had nothing else in my life. I would eat lunch and instantly think about what was for dinner. “I felt as if I was on death row – I know how these people feel – but now I got lucky and it worked out. It hasn’t been easy but I feel like a totally different man. I was expecting to be dead by now. I feel like I have cheated death without a doubt.”
His weight spiralled out of control when he suffered from heart palpitations aged 27 – weighing 27 stone – which caused him to panic and become a recluse.
He recalled: “I was scared. I kind of went into a hidey-hole and became a recluse for the best part of 15 years.”
“I was hidden away from people. I pushed family away. I pushed friends away. I had severe depression and anxiety and I just didn’t want to socialise with anybody.”
“I just felt that I didn’t want anybody to see me the size that I was and the only time I was really happy was when the curtains were shut at night time.
“I never left the house for about 15 years. The only time I did leave was to go to the hospital in a specially adapted ambulance. My life was dark. I was waiting for death to be honest with you, that’s the truth.”
Graham started a proper diet, replacing his five-meal dinner with vegetables and chicken, and cutting out fizzy drinks, fags and sweets.
As soon as he was able he joined Active4Less gym in Luton and started going for two-hour work outs at least four times a week, burning up to 4000 calories at a time.
We would like to congratulate Graham on his great success.
The team Active4less fitness club Luton.