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.
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We tend to use weight loss as a generic term for trying to shed unwanted fat and improve the tone of the body, but in reality this can be a very misleading term. It suggests that much of your focus on will be on the bathroom scales and results will only be acceptable if the weight drops. In practice, your weight will drop, but this is a very imprecise measure of the many changes that will occur in the body, as your dietary intact improves.
In truth we are really trying to reduce the levels of unwanted fat in the body and improve the tone or shape of the body. The tone or shape improves due to increases in the density, shape and size of the muscles.
These changes in the body can be encompassed by what we can describe as body composition.
Results are extremely motivating and help you to stick to new dietary habits. So it makes sense that before you commence any nutrition programme, you measure your baseline starting position and are measuring the right results.
It would definitely be wise to have your body composition measured and if you really want to understand the many beneficial changes that will occur in your body, you could get your blood work done.
It is simple, painless and cheap to get your body composition measured. This is best achieved via the bio-impedance method. This uses a simple device that passes a small, safe electrical signal through electrodes attached to the hands and feet. The principle being that fat cells contain less water and are less conductive to electrical signals, whereas muscle, skin tissues, organs and bones contain greater amount of water and hence conduct better.
The results of a body composition test will provide several key results that you should monitor and are more indicative of the changes that occur in your body. The key results are as follows:
- body fat measures body fat as a percentage of total body mass
- % muscle mass measures muscle mass as a percentage of total body mass
- Basal metabolism measures the total calories (energy) the body would consume while at total rest and at an ambient temperature over a 24 hour period.
The aim is to lower body fat, increase muscle mass and increase basal metabolism
We have a great tool for measuring body composition at active4less Stevenage. The GE InBody230 provides precise body composition, segmental lean analysis and body fat analysis in less than 30 seconds.
More information on this tool can be found here: http://premier.active4less.com/body-composition-analyzer/
The tool is FREE on our Premier Membership or just 5 pounds for standard and non-members.