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