An obese man managed to lose 140 pounds in just five weeks after his favorite fast food restaurants came together to refuse to serve him.
Darren “Dibsy” McClintock is a 28 year-old man from Middlesbrough, England who hit 560 pounds when his doctors gave him the ultimatum that every obese person dreads: “diet or die.” Thankfully, Dibsy was able to enlist the help of personal trainer Mike Hind, who both changed his life and saved it at the same time.
Realizing how dire Dibsy’s situation was, Mike went around and had him banned from his favorite fast food restaurants. Dibsy has since admitted that his new lifestyle, which had him swap out soda for protein shakes and sweets for pineapples, has “saved his life”.
“My life has turned around in the last 15 weeks,” Dibsy said. “I can actually go out and about and do things that normal people can do but take for granted. My body aches, but I feel so much better because I’m eating properly and working out every day.”
“It was my birthday in December and I treated myself to fish and chips but I ate half and threw it away, because I don’t even like it anymore,” he continued.
Mike has put Dibsy on a grueling workout regime involving two workouts every day, including Christmas and birthdays. The workout routine involves two hours of cardio on a treadmill or bike in the morning and one to two hours of working with weights in the evening.
In addition, Mike has designed a diet for Dibsy that involves high-protein meals that tally up to 3,000 calories a day. Thanks to Mike, in the past 15 weeks, Dibsy has cut a staggering 1,000,000 calories from his diet.
“The way I see it, this was a case of life or death,” says Hind. “If Dibsy hadn’t made a change in his life, then it could have been the end for him. This is just the beginning. Dibsy is going to go on and live a healthy life.”
In the next few weeks, Dibsy will undergo a cardioversion in order to bring his abnormally fast heart rate down to a normal rhythm. Dibsy would not have been eligible for this life-saving operation had he not dropped all of this weight.
Mike’s goal for Dibsy is to have him down to 280 pounds by the end of 2019.
“Dibsy has been absolutely incredible, I’m so proud of the work he’s done and the progress he has made,” says Hind. “He knew it was going to be hard work but he got his head down and got on with it.”
Dibsy’s story serves as a reminder that it’s never too late to turn your life around and get healthy!