A Hull man has revealed how he shed 50lb after piling on the pounds following the tragic death of his best friend.
Alex Lee, 27, from Anlaby, began to comfort eat following the shocking death of his friend, former England futsal player Danny Stansfield.
Danny died minutes after playing five-a-side football at Hull City’s KCOM Stadium in 2016 when he suffered a heart attack.
His death had an impact on best friend Alex, who went on to gain weight.
However, after looking in the mirror one day and realising he had “ballooned”, Alex made a pledge to shed the pounds and went to Danny’s former Metro Gym in Strickland Street, off Hessle Road, where he met personal trainer Keith Thresh.
Alex said: “I pretty much started comfort eating without knowing and ballooned. I didn’t realise how big I was but I had a moment of realisation.
“I remember looking in the mirror one day and just realising what had happened and thinking, ‘I’ve got to change’. I went to the gym where Danny used to go and met my personal trainer who set up a plan for me and I haven’t looked back since.”
Alex, who works for Shield Security and runs his own clothing company, said that over the years his weight has “fluctuated” and a lack of organisation and lifestyle turned him to food, but it was Danny’s death that really kick-started the eating.
He said: “I turned to food through grieving. Some people deal with it in different ways but I took a lot on and it was the first death in our friendship group. I didn’t find the time to grieve and without knowing it I lost control.”
Since joining the gym a year ago, new dad Alex, who has six-week-old baby Lenny with partner Hayley Fisher, 27, shed 50lb (three stone) and has gone from a size XXL to a size L in just a year.
He now attends the gym five times a week, working with Keith twice a week and doing two high intensity sessions and two cardio and weight mixed sessions.
Alex has also overhauled his diet and recently featured in Men’s Health magazine. He told them them at his heaviest, he weighed 297 pounds (21 stone).
To help shed his weight, Lee and Hayley spend Sunday nights preparing their meals for the week, making sure to follow a special diet plan made by Keith.
Alex’s diet now consists of four meals a day, including two snacks and supplements.
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He said: “I still eat a lot and have 2,000 calories a day but it’s better food. I’m really strict Monday to Friday and have a cheat meal on a Saturday. I spend a lot of time training and can now play football on a Saturday again.
“The biggest thing Keith has taught me is to eat your calories in a weekly amount so if you eat a lot one day you can cut back another day.”
On the diet plan, Alex can enjoy hearty breakfasts made up of two turkey sausages, two full scrambled eggs, half a tin of chopped tomatoes, half an avocado and a handful of blueberries.
Dinner consists of a variety of options such as salmon, chicken, cod, steak, lean mince with potato, rice and a vegetable and a sauce.
He also takes supplements including cod liver, L-cartine, BCAA Glutamine and a fat burner tablet.
Alex said: “I have 10,000 calories a week. I’ve been doing this a year but we have been focusing month to month on small targets but hitting them and I’ve lost 50lb from that.
“It is small progression but the way I’ve done it means there is no real pressure in getting on the scales, I just go by my feelings and how my clothes feel and how I look in the mirror.
“Keith has been a massive, massive help. Personal trainers are good and can help you and they get to know your lifestyle, your friends and family – everything. He’s been brilliant.”
Meal one: 7.30am
- Two turkey sausages, two full eggs scrambled or fried in coconut oil, half a tin of chopped tomatoes, half an avocado and a handful of blueberries
- One banana
- 50g of mixed nuts or almonds
Meal three: 12pm
- 350g of sweet potato mash
- 100g of lean beef mince cooked weight
- Four or five cherry tomatoes
- A handful of spinach
Meal four: 3pm
- 150g chicken breast
- Half a pack of Uncle Bens rice any flavour
- Tomatoes and spinach
- One scoop of protein powder
Meal five: 7.30pm
- Pick on option below at a total of 150g: Salmon/chicken/cod/haddock/steak/lean beef mince/lean turkey mince/lean chicken mince
- Pick one option of 200g: Sweet potato/white potato
- Pick one option below at a total of 50g: Rice/spaghetti/pasta
- Choice of two vegetables
- Choice of sauce to flavour
- Cod liver tablets
- Fat Burner Tablet
- Water: two to four litres daily
- Tea/coffee; Zero sugar or sweeteners only
- Training: Three to four sessions per week
- Cheat meal: Saturday night if required
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