Obese to beast: 22 stone man who’d never heard of calories shed half his body to become gym hunk
A young man who weighed 22 stone has revealed his unbelievable transformation from OBESE TO BEAST after picking up weight lifting.
Danny Mabley, 21, who had never heard of calories, ballooned to 22.3stone (312lbs) after gorging on chips and fizzy drinks as a child.
The young man, from Penticton in British Columbia, Canada, was so overweight his sleep was affected and he began suffering from sleep apnoea.
A target for bullies at school, he began to skip class and sank into depression.
It was only when Danny got a job after leaving school that a co-worker took him to the gym and he fell in love with weight lifting.
Pumping iron at the gym five times a week Danny sculpted a new lean physique that tipped the scales at just 172lbs.
Now the hench personal trainer is a social media star boasting thousands of followers on his Instagram account Danny_getsfit
He said: “I didn’t know anything about food so would eat anything that tasted good – I didn’t even know what calories were.
“I used to sit and eat chips and all day.”Everyone knew me as the fat guy, when you’re big you’re reminded of it all the time.
“I was bullied so much in high school I skipped half a year.
“It was mainly verbal but there was a time when kids would fight me too.
“The doctors had warned me I needed to lose weight and I wasn’t happy.
“I was always very tired and just wanted to be in bed, I didn’t feel good at that weight.”
After graduating high school he started a new job and asked his co-worker if he could join him at the gym.
Soon Danny was hooked and began to change his eating habits to help build muscles.
Without realising Danny was losing 10lbs a month until he had shrunk to 250lbs in half a year.
The now 21-year-old has since dropped to 172lbs.
He added: “I simply fell in love with weight lifting and with that came the need to eat well.
“I started flexible dieting. I ate what I wanted but I ate clean most of the day.
“I tried to avoid soda and candy and the weight was coming off and it really kept me going.”
For Danny the transformation has been a mental journey as well as a physical one.
He said: “I’m a completely a different person from two years ago.
“I am more confident, more driven and I no longer feel the need to try and fit in – I’m more comfortable in my own skin.
“I’ve had people message me saying they are proud of me and they apologise for how they treated me at school.”
Danny also credits weight training with his lack of excess skin, which is common for extreme weight loss.
He said: “Because I was weight lifting I filled a lot of the space that was fat with muscle.
“The loose skin is definitely still there and sometimes it bothers me as I wish my chest was tighter, but it’s not as bad as it could be.
“I documented the whole journey from the beginning online. Firstly for myself to have a record but also because I wanted to be held accountable.
“Now I am a personal trainer and it’s great to be able to inspire other people.”