Man unrecognisable after losing 86kg
An Auckland man who was so obese he ‘‘disgusted’’ himself has lost 86kg - half his body weight.
Andrew Lall, 31, decided to take control of his habits in October 2015 after tipping the scales at a whopping 174kg and is finally at his goal weight of 88kg.
‘‘I was disgusted with myself to say the least.
‘‘I realised that if I didn’t make a change then, I wouldn’t be around for long for my family.’’
Since then, the father-of-one has worked off 86kg through diet and exercise.
Through his gruelling 19 month transformation, Lall has experienced all the consequences you would expect of a dramatic weight loss - new found confidence and a new wardrobe - but some not so expected.
‘‘Strangely, I had to buy new shoes because I dropped two shoe sizes in the process,’’ Lall said.
The same goes for his wedding band.
‘‘It’s been resized so many times. I have to wear a cheap one until I stop losing weight, so I can resize it one last time.’’
He said an unexpected difference is how people treat him.
Where as he was often excluded from social occasions in the past, he is sought out now.
Then there is the small matter of people not recognising him.
‘‘My job includes travelling around and visiting clients, some of whom I’ve not seen in years, so it’s sometimes a problem when they literally don’t recognise me because I’ve lost so much weight.’’ Lall said his gym and workplace greatly helped him out along the way.
‘‘My work place, Digital Island, promotes a healthy lifestyle and does things like ’take-the-stairsWednesday’ and give employees an hour’s paid time-off each week to go and work out.’’
When he started his journey, he couldn’t climb one flight of stairs without getting breathless, now he climbs the three to his office with ease.
‘‘I had to teach myself to go to the gym like I was going to war - the act of getting strong starts in your head.
‘‘Now people come up to me all the time and ask me what my secret is, and I say it’s all about never giving up.
His main message is for people to stay away from short cut-diets.
‘‘They not only cost a lot of money but also promote food that is not real food - I have lost all my weight naturally, and even enjoy one cheat meal a week.’’
Lall’s main advice for anyone wanting to lose weight is to stay away from short cut-diets that don’t actually involve real food.