A support worker who piled on the pounds after losing his job and his girlfriend has turned his life around after losing five stone.
Steve Anderson, 24, from Killingworth, had always lived an active lifestyle and never had to worry about his weight or what he looked like – but battled with his weight after a series of knockbacks in his personal life.
Steve explained: ‘I was always fit and active up to the age of 22. I played for two junior golf teams, I swam and cycled regularly and I also weight trained four times a week.
‘Two years ago after I lost my job I became really down and just stopped all exercise. I was drinking near enough ever night and I started living of takeaways.’
Steve Anderson, 24, from Killingworth, left, before, at 16st with a 36-inch waist, has shed five stone and is now 11st with a 28in waist, right
Steve’s situation began to put strain on his relationship with his girlfriend, who he lived with at the time, and the two eventually decided to split.
He continued: ‘Everything just wasn’t right and we’d both had enough. I didn’t feel myself and I wasn’t happy; I went from being really outgoing and confident to someone that had basically just given up.
‘I moved back to my mum’s and joined the local Xercise4Less gym straight away, I just wanted to feel like the old me again. I hated the way I looked and it wasn’t who I was – I felt trapped in a body that was no longer mine.’
Steve worked in a gym when he was young, so immediately felt at home in his new surroundings and set about losing the weight that he had gained since losing his job.
He said: ‘I train six times a week and I’ve managed to lose five stone, dropping from 16st with a 36-inch waist to 11st with a 28-inch waist.
‘I’m really enjoying being in shape again and my goal now is to start working in the fitness industry and hopefully become a personal trainer.’
Steve worked in a gym when he was young, so immediately felt at home in his new surroundings and set about losing the weight that he had gained since losing his job
Not only has Steve’s weight loss given him new job prospects, it has also helped him find love once more with his new girlfriend, right
As well as an active lifestyle, Steve follows an equally healthy diet. He starts the day with three eggs or oats and blueberries, has chicken breast or lean beef with a small portion of rice or pasta and green vegetables for lunch and dinner and fruit and nuts for snacks.
Not only has Steve’s weight loss given him new job prospects, it has also helped him find love once more.
Steve continued: ‘We started talking over social media before going on our first date to Newcastle Quayside. There is no way I would have been confident enough to ask her out if I had not lost so much weight and got back in shape.
‘It’s getting quite serious – we’re looking to become training partners before our holiday to Zante this summer and there’s even talk of moving in together!’
As well as an active lifestyle, Steve follows an equally healthy diet, eating mostly chicken and fresh vegetables