Overweight Andrew Jarvie says lockdown helped him shed over ten stone in 2020.
The Highland councillor, who ballooned to 27 stone says he’s half the person he was – and he is delighted about it.
Eight of the ten stone got here off throughout lockdown, he mentioned, and having misplaced greater than 30 inches throughout his chest, waist and neck, he says he nonetheless has a bit extra to go.
He mentioned lockdown had helped him deal with weight reduction and keep on with his 1,400-calorie-a-day weight loss program.
Andrew, 29, struggled together with his weight since struggling pneumonia, kidney failure and sepsis in 2012.
An undiagnosed severely bulging disc had triggered him to lose the sensation in his left leg, and Andrew now has just one working leg and has to make use of a wheelchair more often than not.
Steroid therapy for his sickness triggered his weight to balloon, however his issues with meals started a lot earlier.
Andrew, Tory member for Inverness South was born in Louisiana, USA, and lived there till he was round seven, when his dad and mom returned to Inverness.
By no means a fan of breakfast, he would usually go all day with out meals when his trainer confiscated his lunch for unhealthy behaviour at main faculty.
A sample developed the place Andrew would skip breakfast and lunch, after which go overboard at round 4 or 5pm when he lastly obtained spherical to consuming.
By the point of his essential sickness, Andrew weighed virtually 19 stone, however at 6’4”, it didn’t actually present.
As time went on, his weight ballooned to 26 st, and Andrew says he fears it might have been as excessive as 27 st at one level.
He took a gradual strategy to tackling it after turning into a councillor in 2017, and this March, he weighed in at virtually 24 st.
Utilizing lockdown to focus, he has now dropped an additional eight stone.
Andrew says he used the My Health Pal app.
He discovered what his basal metabolic fee is – that’s what number of energy he ought to eat a day to keep up his present weight- then slashed the energy proper again to 1,400 a day.
Not simply any previous energy, Andrew labored out meals with the ratio 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fats.
He came upon the vitamin worth of all the things earlier than accepting it on his plate, initially weighing meals to the gram.
“I’m super-competitive with myself,” he mentioned. “I didn’t observe any fad diets, and had no less than 4 parts of fruit and veg a day.
“I made some huge modifications additionally which everybody can do.
“As an alternative of chugging again a litre and a half of milk within the morning, I changed it with water.
“I additionally used to eat an industrial quantity of bread, which I’ve changed with the high-fibre, excessive protein kind.
“I came upon that biscuits actually mount up the energy. No-one ever stops at one.
“I came upon that gin and tonic has far much less energy than vodka and coke.
“I can take in numerous alcohol, and that might embrace two litres of coke with vodka on an evening out- a stunning 2,000 energy.”
Andrew spurns confectionery and added sugar, however he says he nonetheless enjoys good issues.
“I’m not into kale smoothies. I’ll possibly get pleasure from a small takeaway often, and a small glass of wine.
“General anybody could make these modifications.”
He recommends logging your meals consumption for per week and seeing the place you can also make modifications.
Andrew additionally drinks as much as 10 pints of water a day, one thing he thinks has warded off slack pores and skin as his weight dropped.
Though he’s now throughout the wholesome weight vary, Andrew nonetheless needs to get his weight right down to the decrease finish of that vary, at round 11.5 stone, after which he’ll go on upkeep energy.
He seems to be at his previous favorite purple shirt, twice his width now, and says he can hardly imagine he was that dimension.
“I believe I look OK now, and confidence is the most important factor about this as I’ve been irritated at being fats for years.
“Now I’ve a pleasant problem- wardrobe procuring.
“However I’m having points discovering garments sufficiently small now, after being a 4 or 5XL.”