A Halifax man has been crowned Men’s Health weight loss hero of 2014 after a quest to transform his body and life.
Most people get complacent when they meet a partner but when Chris Howell, of Bradshaw, met girlfriend Amy Wigglesworth, three-years-ago, he was spurred to shed the pounds.
The 24-year-old, who previously weighed 17 stone, said he was out on a night out when he was taunted by strangers.
“When we were out comments would be made about me punching above my weight with Amy. I went home gutted. But that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Chris.
That’s when the former office administrator, who was piling on the pounds in his inactive lifestyle, decided to do something about his physique.
“I began to be aware of what I was eating and started exercising.
“Amy backed me all the way - even though she said she would be happy with me whatever I looked like,” said Chris.
His five stone weight loss not only transformed his body but also his life - he gave up the day job and went on to work in the world of fitness as a personal trainer at Evolve Fitness and Physio, Halifax.
“As a trainer, I really understand my clients as I’ve been where they’re coming from.”
Mr Howell said the weight loss has given him more confidence and energy for everyday activities.
Men’s Health Editor Toby Wiseman said: “Chris has tackled adversity head on and his dedication to his own health and fitness is an inspiration. If he can find the determination to succeed, so can we all.”