Phil Kayes, 47, from Co. Down, Northern Ireland, weighed 37 stone 2lbs at his heaviest and was warned by docs that as a result of his dimension was placing such a pressure on his well being, he can be fortunate to achieve the age of 40.
However following his mom’s terminal most cancers prognosis earlier than her loss of life in 2017, Phil was spurred into motion and is now simply 15 stone 6lbs after three years of weight-reduction plan.
Phil, who resigned himself to ‘dying alone’, believes his exceptional weight reduction helped him discover love along with his associate Nicole Mulholland and likewise saved his life after he apparently caught COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.
Phil Kayes (pictured proper, lately), 47, from Co. Down, Northern Eire, weighed 37 stone 2½lbs at his heaviest (pictured left) and was warned by docs that his dimension was placing such a pressure on his well being, he can be fortunate to achieve the age of 40
The civil servant stated that his survival was a ‘well timed reminder’ of how essential his well being is.
Phil was helped in his dramatic transformation by Slimming World, who lately topped him their ‘Best Loser 2020’.
The competitors celebrates the individual with the very best weight reduction amongst all of the model’s members.
Phil stated: ‘I used to be all the time greater than my friends. I bear in mind in school being known as out by my PE trainer for being too large to play soccer.
However following his mom’s terminal most cancers prognosis, Phil was spurred into motion and is now simply 15 stone 6lbs after three years of weight-reduction plan. He believes his exceptional weight reduction helped him discover love along with his associate Nicole Mulholland (pictured collectively)
‘The load actually began to pile on although once I began college.’
He defined: ‘My dimension meant that my life grew to become more and more insular and I made up a wide range of excuses to not exit.
‘I would keep away from gatherings like events and weddings as a result of I simply felt so uncomfortable. I knew I would not match right into a airplane seat so I by no means travelled, although I actually needed to.
‘Aside from my job as a civil servant, I did not actually do something besides cover away and eat. It was a really lonely time.’
Phil (seen initially of his weight reduction journey) was helped in his dramatic transformation by Slimming World, who lately topped him their ‘Best Loser 2020’
At his heaviest Phil suffered a string of different well being points together with strain on his knees and sleep apnoea. His shirt dimension was an enormous XXXXXXXXL, with a 68in waist.
However his primary fear was that if he ought to die in his sleep, his heavy physique can be troublesome to take away as a result of he lived on the third ground of his dad and mom’ home.
Phil’s food regimen earlier than and after his weight reduction
Breakfast – sausage roll or a sausage bap with cheese and ketchup. Full fats latte or cappuccino with added sugar.
Lunch – tinned soup with 3-Four rounds of white bread, giant bag of crisps and a chocolate bar or chips with cheese and plenty of sauce.
Dinner – giant grocery store pizza, crisps and chocolate or a takeaway.
Night – multipack crisps, jumbo bar of chocolate, household bag of sweets, doughnuts, biscuits.
Breakfast – bran flakes or reduced-sugar muesli with fat-free yogurt and frozen berries. Americano espresso with skimmed milk.
Mid-morning – fruit.
Lunch – Leftovers from a home-cooked meal the evening earlier than or a pasta dish and a few fruit.
Dinner – rooster or salmon with Slimming World chips or potatoes with plenty of recent veg from the allotment.
Night – a Slimming World Hello-Fi bar.
Phil realised he needed to do one thing about his weight when his mom was identified with terminal most cancers.
He stated: ‘Mum was dealing with her fourth most cancers battle which sadly turned out to be her final.
‘The information form of spurred me into motion and I knew this time I needed to attempt to be as wholesome as I might – not only for her however for me as effectively.
‘I used to be additionally frightened that if my mum did go away, I would not have the ability to be one in every of her pallbearers, which was heartbreaking.’
Phil was inspired to affix Slimming World in July 2017 by a pal who agreed to attend his native group with him.
He stated: ‘I used to be, in fact, nervous on that first evening nevertheless it actually helped to have my pal Laura beside me. I even contacted the marketing consultant upfront to verify the scales would have the ability to weigh me.’
Phil quickly acquired to grips with an consuming plan, which enabled him to shed weight whereas having fun with all kinds of meals. It contains lean meat, potatoes, pasta, fruit and greens.
He stated: ‘Previously I would been referred to dieticians and dabbled with intermittent fasting and limiting my parts.
‘I might shed weight initially however I might by no means stick with it as a result of I used to be hungry more often than not.’
He stated his new food regimen allowed him to fulfill his urge for food with wholesome meals, revealing: ‘It felt like a little bit of a lightbulb second once I realised shedding pounds did not must imply ravenous your self.
‘I used to be a bit vegetable-phobic once I first joined however now one in every of my favorite dishes is a Mediterranean vegetable pasta – and I even are inclined to an allotment with a veggie patch.’
‘The group setting actually helped me too as a result of for the primary time I used to be surrounded by individuals who knew the way it felt to battle with their weight.’
Phil rapidly started to shed weight however his world was rocked by tragedy when his mom died.
Phil (above) additionally thinks his thinner dimension might have helped him beat what he thought was coronavirus. He stated that, whereas it was disagreeable and he was knocked off his ft, he is undecided he would have survived if he hadn’t misplaced weight
He defined: ‘She died in October 2017, by which level I would misplaced 5st. I do know she’d be actually proud if she might see me now – greater than 21st lighter.’
Phil has turn into far more lively since shedding all the load – and has began biking once more after a close to three-decade absence from the exercise.
He stated: ‘Years of being chubby actually took its toll on my knees and I used to take remedy day by day to handle the ache.
‘I’ll nonetheless want a knee alternative at some stage, however I’ve actually delayed the inevitable and made the operation itself extra probably to achieve success.
‘After I was 37st, my physician informed me it was too dangerous for me to have surgical procedure as a result of calculating the anaesthetic wanted for somebody my dimension was so difficult.
‘Now I’ve began biking once more, I can stroll with out getting out of breath and I additionally get pleasure from yoga.
Phil stated his previously lonely life has been reworked by his weight reduction, and now feels it’s ‘filled with alternative and adventures’
‘It is a fully completely different life to the one I had earlier than – one which is stuffed with alternatives, buddies and adventures.’
Phil additionally credit his weight reduction with serving to him to fulfill associate Nicole, who he discovered on a web based courting app.
He stated: ‘By far one of the best factor that has occurred to me since shedding pounds is assembly Nicole. After I was greater I could not think about ever discovering love and felt resigned to dying alone.
‘Since assembly we have moved in collectively, swam within the Mediterranean Sea, been on a strolling tour of Berlin and I’ve realized to drive.
‘There are heaps extra adventures we need to tick off the listing and for the primary time in a very long time, I am excited concerning the future.’
Phil additionally thinks his thinner dimension might have helped him beat what he thought was coronavirus. He stated that, whereas the sickness was disagreeable and he was knocked off his ft, he is undecided he would have survived if he hadn’t misplaced weight.
He added: ‘I dread to suppose how my physique would have responded. It was a well timed reminder of how essential my well being is.’