DAEL SMIT

Age 23, Gold Coast

DNA Magazine - - FEATURE -

Ú DAELSMIT

Com­ing out mo­ti­vated him to lose 45kg. Dur­ing my younger years I no­ticed I was dif­fer­ent. Other boys in my class were talk­ing about girls, but I was crush­ing on a boy in Chem­istry. This placed stress on my so­cial and per­sonal life as I at­tempted to fit in with “so­cial norms”. I be­gan eat­ing ex­ces­sive amounts in an at­tempt to al­le­vi­ate the feel­ing of dif­fer­ence I felt in­side.

By the age of 18 I was 115kg and was re­ferred to as obese by health­care pro­fes­sion­als. I avoided sports days and found walk­ing up a flight of stairs ex­tremely difficult. My fam­ily were in­formed that if I did not make changes I’d be at risk of count­less health is­sues and an early death.

At this point I de­cided to turn my life around. Af­ter five years of con­fu­sion and fight­ing my in­ner-self, I was fi­nally able to come out as gay to my fam­ily. My com­ing out mo­ti­vated me to live a health­ier life and, with the sup­port of my fam­ily, I dropped my weight down to 70kgs with a to­tal fat loss of 45kgs over two years.

There were plenty of mo­ments of doubt, heartache and pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, but with de­ter­mi­na­tion, drive and sup­port, I was able to shake the weight through gym and lots of car­dio. I’ve learned the art of por­tion con­trol and that you are what you eat.

My lat­est goal is to gain mus­cle and I’m pleased that since my weight loss I’ve gained back 17kgs in mus­cle with a cur­rent mass of 87kgs and an aim to reach 95kgs by the age of 25.

Body im­age plays a ma­jor fac­tor in life. I don’t think there is another com­mu­nity as fo­cused on body im­age as the gay com­mu­nity. How­ever, I be­lieve that if you love your­self the way you are, then no one has the right to bring you down. Al­ways be your­self!

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