A slimmer who lost more than his body weight has said his new slimline appearance has changed his life.
Hunter Rice from Bonnybridge was 27 stone 3lbs and a size XXXL before deciding he had to shed weight – so he could walk from his house to the bus stop without being out of puff.
The 22-year-old, who works as a health care support worker, has been overweight for most of his life, but his problems spiralled in his late teens while at university and working part-time when he binged on cheap, fatty comfort and junk foods including takeaways, chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks.
His mum Lynn suggested he follow her along to the local Scottish Slimmers class in Falkirk back in March 2012 and his dedication and determination has saw his weight drop to 12st 7lbs – a loss of 14st 10lbs.
But while he’s now in the habit of losing things, his incredible achievement has just gained him the prestigious honour of being voted as the Scottish Slimmers ‘Male Slimmer of the Year 2014’ and ‘Male Biggest Loser’
“I used to struggle to walk from the bus stop to the front door,” said Hunter. “But now that I’ve lost more than half of me there’s no stopping me.
“Before I struggled to do even simple things in life but now they are an absolute dawdle and being more healthy has had a great impact on every aspect of my life. If I look back the difference is immeasurable.”
He added: “I’m not outgoing, but my confidence is gradually growing. It’s just so good to be able to do things most other young people take for granted like going to a pub without fear of ridicule, or being able to buy clothes from a shop and not online.
“My weight was getting me down, but the worse I felt, the more I ate. When I was a student I had a very lazy lifestyle. Then my mum, who was going to Scottish Slimmers, suggested I join her. The first night I was just horrified by what the scales showed.
“However, a big weight loss the following week helped put a smile on my face and gradually the pounds off turned into stones.”