A formerly obese man has taken the internet by storm after he posted before and after photos of his dramatic weight loss program. Daniel Wheeler, 30, from Surrey, England, lost a whopping 7 stone in just 2 years, after discovering he could no longer see his feet when stood upright.
Back in 2010, Wheeler weighed 22 stone, after years of comfort eating. He said:
“I was always podgy as a child, but never really overweight. From 14 to 19 I had a very disruptive relationship with my mother and that resulted in my being kicked out of my house at 19. I was homeless for about two weeks, living in my car, until I found a bedsit and got on my feet. It was here I then turned to food for comfort. I was 22 stone when I realized it was time to make some serious changes. I was unhealthy, unhappy and fed up with my life. I had also recently split with my girlfriend of six years.”
To give him the motivation to change, Wheeler set himself the task of appearing on the front cover of Men’s Fitness magazine within three years. He did it in two! First, he cut down on the amount of calories he was consuming. Gone was pizza, full sugar Coca Cola and Doritos, all staples of his previous diet. “I fell in love with chicken and pasta, also red meats and eggs. So this was the majority of my starting diet,” he said.
He also started to exercise. Hard.
“[Daily runs] didn’t last long as I quickly hurt all my joints and hips to the point when running was very painful. I then moved to a very traditional bodybuilding weights regime.I started off training twice a day seven days a week and that quickly stopped also. I was slowly killing myself with exhaustion. I realized that my training was more about quality over quantity, so reduced it down to five more intensive sessions a week.”
Wheeler actually managed to appear in the magazine a whole year ahead of schedule.
“By 2012, everything had changed. I was down to 14 stone, and on my way to losing eight stone in body fat.It took hard work and discipline, but the knowledge I had gained in nutrition and training had proven the key. In November 2012, way ahead of schedule, I was featured in Men’s Fitness Magazine UK. Incredibly, I’d achieved my goal – proving a lot of people wrong in the process. More importantly though, I was healthy, happy, motivated and full of energy. I’d turned my health and my life around completely.”
Today, Wheeler helps other people lose weight through his business – Life Changing Fitness (LCF). Now in its fifth year, LCF has 10 online coaches and elite personal trainers, who have worked with more than 1,000 clients.