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Aug 3

Obese man sheds 12st in 18 months after split from ex: ‘Her cheating was a blessing’ – Daily Star


Mike Vaughan weighed almost 32st after living on a diet of crisps, bread, fizzy drinks and takeaways.

But the 26-year-old claims his devastating break-up from his girlfriend of five years spurred him on to lose weight.

Realising his health was at risk, Mike started dieting and hes managed to lose an incredible 12st in just 18 months.

He said: I was in a bad place. I started to sink back into it, eating junk food, not going to the gym.

My life could have gone in one of two ways. Go back into a depression and comfort eat and go back to square one, or use it as motivation to really improve my life."

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Mike continued: I wasnt going to let something like that destroy everything I had worked for, I would use it to spur me on and I did.

I put everything into my diet and training, and I can honestly say now Ive never been happier.

Since then Ive found the consistency that I needed so much.

Her cheating was a blessing in disguise.


Mike was always the biggest guy in school but being overweight felt normal to him.

He explained: I finished school at 15 and weighed 18st. It was from then things started to spiral weight wise.

"Id gone from playing football with friends most nights after school to doing next to nothing but while still eating junk food.

I did three years of college which consisted of no exercise and lots of fast food. I started university weighing around 23st and thats when it really got out of hand.

I didnt know how to cook anything but toast

I didnt know how to cook anything but toast so most nights it was pizza or bacon cheeseburgers with boozing three or four nights a week and this went on for five years.

My family and friends would express concern but I was in such denial I would just get annoyed whenever my weight was mentioned.

Eating was my way of dealing with any kind of stress.


In February last year, the quantity surveyor from Salford reached his heaviest weight, hitting a hefty 31st 10lbs on the scales.

Mike said: It was sickening.

I was in a depression because of my weight but didnt know how to change.

Then suddenly something inside me just clicked. I knew that if I kept going the way I was going I wasnt going to be around much longer.

I couldnt even make it to my second floor flat without struggling to breathe. I had to do something before I ended up in an early grave.

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Encouraged by his friend, Mike signed up to an intense six-week boot camp and managed to drop 1st.

He added: I wanted to keep it up so I signed up for a gym in Stockport.

I was petrified thinking a guy of my size should not be doing things like that.

But they came up with a personalised plan for me, group personal training, healthy eating, it was such a huge change and I really struggled for the first six months but then it just became habit.

Mike had lost 3.5st when he found out about his girlfriend and her departure led to him dropping down another 10st to 19st 8lbs.

Now he is hoping to hit 17st by the end of next year and ultimately wants to be half his heaviest weight.

Mike added: I highly doubt I would be in the position Im in now if we stayed together.



Breakfast - four pieces of toast with beans

Lunch - sandwiches and crisps

Dinner - takeaways, pizzas, burgers

Snacks and drinks - fizzy drinks and crisps


Breakfast - four eggs and feta cheese

Lunch - salad, or meat or fish with vegetables or halloumi

Dinner - similar to lunch

Snacks and drinks - water

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Obese man sheds 12st in 18 months after split from ex: 'Her cheating was a blessing' - Daily Star

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