A super slimmer from Halifax shed six stones in just six months after being told he would be diagnosed with diabetes if he didn’t overhaul his diet.
Amraze Khan, a 23-year-old NHS communications officer was devastated to hear that he would follow in the footsteps of many of his family members unless he dramatically changed his diet, which included eating four to five takeaways a week.
“I couldn’t believe what I was told and I knew I had to do something about my weight,” Amraze, of Norton Tower said.
“I would always avoid looking at myself in the mirror because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and this just gave me the kick up the backside that I so badly needed.”
At his heaviest, Amraze ballooned to nearly 23 stones and had to wear size 52 waist jeans and XXXL tops.
“When I couldn’t get into my favourite clothes, I would blame the clothing manufacturers for their “tight” fittings,” he added.
“I would go out and buy bigger sizes and leave clothes at the back of my draw, hoping one day I could get back into them.”
With the thought of future health problems in the back of his mind, Amraze took the plunge and decided to join Slimming World.
He said: “Walking through the group doors was one of the hardest things I did. I was scared, nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but my consultant quickly put me ease.
“All those clothes at the back of my drawers are falling off my waist, I have had to buy a whole new wardrobe.”
Amraze has lost 20 inches from his waist, has taken part in the Savile Park 10k, joined his local boxercise class and as his waistline shrunk, his confidence grew.
“I used to hide away at home and avoid going out with friends, I felt really embarrassed.
“I now enjoy going out a lot more, spending more time meeting people and socialising.Before my weight loss, I couldn’t hold eye contact with anybody, I would look at the floor but now I can look up with confidence and pride.”
Amraze now wants to inspire others and will be running his own Slimming World group at Pellon Baptist Church, Spring Hall Lane, from Thursday, December 31 at 5.30pm.