Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meet The Weightloss Warrior: Man Who Lost 18 STONE After Being Driven To The Brink Of Suicide Now Wants To Help Others Challenge Their Food Demons

 A 33-stone man who was so depressed about being overweight that he tried to end his own life lost a staggering 18st and so dramatic was his transformation that he is now nicknamed Mr Muscles.

Mike Waudby, 32, from Hull, has now written a book about his extraordinary experiences that brought him to the brink of suicide but eventually led to him totally transforming his life, health and body.

The book 'The Weight Loss Warrior' is a heartfelt and brutally honest autobiographical story of what it really took emotionally and physically to transform and save Mike's life.

Mike weighed 22st by the age of 21 and by the time he was 29 he tipped the scales at 33st.

Morbidly obese, he became so down about his weight that he took an overdose in a desperate bid to end his suffering.

But surviving the suicide attempt proved to be a turning point for Mike, from Hull East Yorks, who has since lost over half his body weight, started a personal training business and now written Weightloss Warriors to try to help others.

Mike ordered a cross-trainer on the internet, set it up in his room and set to work.

He gradually built up his stamina to three one-hour sessions a day and stopped drinking altogether.

Mike said: 'Every session on the cross-trainer ended up with me taking my XXXXL dripping wet T-shirt off and just looking down at my belly crying. But, each time, I picked myself up and carried on.'

It took 18 months for Mike to lose 18st. But he was still left with a major problem – his loose skin.

'I felt just as disgusting as I did when I weighed 33 stone. I needed to do something, and I ended up paying for skin on my stomach and upper arms to be removed.'

The operation removed some of the excess skin but Mike was not satisfied with the end result.

He decided to join a gym to tone up properly - and enjoyed working out so much he strove to make it his career, becoming a personal trainer and gradually learning to feel comfortable in his own skin as his body changed.

It was not only his own experiences, but the massive worldwide response to his story when it was told, that prompted Mike to write The Weight Loss Warrior.

Mike received literally thousands of messages of support, as well as thousands more from people who identified with his struggles.

'I was bombarded on Facebook with messages from people all over the world begging for help for some kind of secret formula many believed I possessed.'

The intensity of the response and demand for Mike's help triggered a new and very real ambition which was to help and inspire many people around the world who were in a similar position as himself when he started his incredible weight loss journey.

'I knew there wasn't one simple answer to help all and there were certainly no secret diets or fads but a combination of vital principles that I believed in, based around motivation and consistency.'

Mike's book 'The Weight Loss Warrior' has now been released as part of The Weight Loss Warriors, a new online community based around a revolutionary forum for those struggling to lose weight and seeking advice and motivation.

It provides regular video updates and tips on all topics including training, nutrition and emotional support highlighting all the social stigmas associated with being overweight and to do with weight loss.

'I don't just want to be a weight loss story, I want to do more.

I want to give back to others who are in the same position I was in. I'm not proud of what I have done, it is when people say that I have inspired them that's what makes me go "wow".

'I set up the Weight Loss Warriors forum by thinking what would I have wanted when I was losing the weight. I had no where to turn and I wanted to be that place for others.


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