This week’s Amazing Loser Dan has built up many different support networks, both in real life and on Instagram, and this has been a big part of why he’s been so successful at losing weight. We’re all guilty of bottling things up or not wanting to bother people with our problems, but as Dan shows, it can really pay off to reach out…
Name: Dan Church (ask him anything on Talk and follow his brilliant Instagram here)
Height: 5ft 6
Occupation: Computer/mobile phone engineer
Highest weight: 342lbs (24st 6lbs / 155kg)
Lowest weight: 239.9lbs (17st 1.9lbs / 108.8kg)
Weight lost: 102.1lbs
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
There has been a few. From having to have my wedding waistcoat custom made to fit to almost getting stuck in a turnstile at a football match 😳
What made you decide to change?
How did you lose weight?
Had you tried to lose weight before? What made this time different?
I have tried several different diets in the past (Slimming World, shake diets, etc.) where I lost a couple of stone but then lost any motivation to carry on. This time I have made a lifestyle change and because I am more motivated by this program, I am able to put in a lot more effort. I can also finally see that I can’t afford to undo all my hard work by taking my eye off the ball (no pun intended!)
What did you eat before you lost weight, and what do you eat now?
Before I lost weight, I’d eat a lot of McDonalds, KFC, etc., basically anything that was quick and convenient. Now I eat lean meat with vegetables, lots of salads, etc.
You’re a MAN v FAT Football player – how has it helped you in your battle against the bulge?
MVF Football has given me MOTIVATION. I now get up every day with the determination to do myself and my teammates proud. I make sure I put 110% effort in every day knowing that if I don’t give it my all, I’m going to be letting my teammates down on the scales at the end of the week.
Why do you think it’s been so effective?
What was the most difficult thing about losing weight?
I think the most difficult thing for me other than portion control was learning to stay disciplined. It is so easy to go over your daily calorie limits with the temptations that are so readily available wherever you go.
How did you overcome these difficulties?
How has life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I look and feel like a completely different person. Not only was being overweight a physical strain but it was a mental one as well. It feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The small things that plagued you when you’re severely overweight seem like a distant memory now.
Who supported you the most on your journey and how did they help?
- MAN v FAT Football friends – the banter between everyone is amazing, everybody wants you to do well and the support that is available is invaluable.
- My friends and family – they’ve been very supportive of me, my wife and kids have barely seen me the past year from the amount of time I’m out exercising in one form or another!
- Instagram – there are a lot of inspirational people on there who have given me lots of valuable advice which has helped me along my journey.
If you could go back to the person you were at your heaviest, what would you say to him?
Now that you’ve lost weight, what are your next steps?
You’re Prime Minister for the day – what law would you bring in to help combat the obesity problem?
What three things do other fat men need to know about losing weight?
Many thanks to Dan for sharing his story. If you’ve got a weight loss story of your own that you’d like to share, don’t forget that we’re always looking for weight loss stories to feature, so get in touch if that’s you!