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●● A FIT­NESS in­struc­tor has spo­ken of his de­ter­mi­na­tion to help peo­ple lose weight in the face of the loom­ing obe­sity cri­sis in Europe.

Jon Hall, 35, who works at The Academy Group Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, be­lieves peo­ple are try­ing to shed the pounds but are of­ten given the wrong ad­vice.

He said: “You need a bal­anced diet.

“For in­stance, some peo­ple say they’ve been told to have just por­ridge or or­ange juice for break­fast but all car­bo­hy­drates and no pro­tein means your body just stores fat.

“Peo­ple as­sume if you’re obese, you’re lazy but it could be you’re try­ing but just chan­nelling your en­ergy in the wrong di­rec­tion and get­ting bad ad­vice.”

The fa­ther-of-two, who lives with part­ner Alex Jor­dan on Gul­lane Close, has worked in fit­ness for 13 years and pub­lished more than 500 fit­ness blogs, some of which are in a book en­ti­tled The As­sorted Ram­blings of The Academy.

He joked that with a de­gree in en­gi­neer­ing and op­er­a­tions man­age­ment he could have earned a lot more money than he does in the fit­ness arena but said he would not swap the job for the world.

He said: “What we re­ally like do­ing at the Academy is help­ing peo­ple im­prove their lives and be hap­pier as well as los­ing weight.

“Loads of peo­ple we’ve helped here have lost 60, 70 and 80 pounds.

“Help­ing peo­ple to trans­form their lives and bod­ies is re­ally awe­some.”

He added: “Los­ing weight needs to be part and par­cel of peo­ple’s life­styles though.”

To find out more about the Academy visit thea­cade­mygtc.­dia.

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