The English ex­pats

Mark and Tammy Mcdon­nell live in The Springs, Dubai, with their son Do­minic, 15

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Do­minic was al­ways a big kid but we re­alised he’d started get­ting big­ger since we moved here from the UK. He used to spend a lot of time on his stud­ies and didn’t do any sport or ex­er­cise, al­though he used to love rugby.

It was our fault as I was busy at work in Abu Dhabi and my wife had to shut­tle be­tween the UAE and the UK to spend time with our daugh­ter Lucy, 19, so we couldn’t mon­i­tor his diet. He was fond of junk food and used to in­dulge, gorg­ing on burg­ers and French fries of­ten in a week.

Once fat be­gan to pile up be­cause he was not ex­er­cis­ing, his size started af­fect­ing his con­fi­dence – he avoided so­cial gath­er­ings fear­ing that people would make fun of his size. He was very self-con­scious of how he looked.

Then Tammy read an ar­ti­cle about a young guy los­ing weight with a per­sonal trainer and she found Sha­hab on Face­book. Since he started train­ing two or three times a week Do­minic’s con­fi­dence has in­creased. He’s dropped from 113kg to 87kg in five months. He does a healthy mix of car­dio and weight train­ing, reg­u­lar box­ing and mixed mar­tial arts, as well as cy­cling, swim­ming or par­tic­i­pat­ing in a sport of his choice.

The best thing to come out of this was break­ing his junk food habit.

Get­ting a per­sonal trainer has com­pletely changed his life­style as well as his looks.

Case study 2 Do­minic, left, is health­ier since work­ing out with a trainer

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