No Foolin’: Amazing Loser Anthony Jones
We’re always very keen to remind people that weight loss is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one – even if you don’t think you have a bad relationship with food, if you’re overweight then chances are you’ve got some things to work through to get to the bottom of why it has happened.
This week’s Amazing Loser Anthony found just that when he realised that he needed to seek professional help to begin to unpick the ins and outs of exactly why he had struggled with his weight for most of his life. And when he bit the bullet and did so the weight finally started falling off…
Name: Anthony Jones (find him on the forum and ask him anything)
Height: 6′ 1
Occupation: IT service delivery manager
Highest weight: 154.7kg (24st 5 / 341lbs)
Lowest weight: 101kg (15st 12 / 222lbs)
Weight lost: 119lbs
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
My weight gain started when younger, a lot of my habits with food are emotional and tie back to issues from childhood. I was always the fat kid at school and after school, once I found alcohol and kebabs it just escalated.
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
What made you decide to change?
My daughter, she changed my life. I didn’t want her growing up and having the fat dad in the playground, or even worse: no dad because I died of a heart attack!
How did you do it?
I sought help. I had emotional baggage that I needed to get to grips with and once I had spoken about my issues I stuck to a plan, reduced calories and worked hard.
Had you tried to lose weight before? If yes, what made this time different from the times before?
I tried every diet possible. The Cambridge Diet, Lighter Life, The Duken Diet, Weight Watchers, Slimming Work, The Atkins Diet… and they all worked. Initially. However, because my relationship with food was deeper than greed, they would never ever be something that was sustainable and I would always gain more than I lost, hence hitting 24.5 stone.
I had 3 meals a day because that’s what you are taught growing up. I would always have bigger portions because you convince yourself you need it because you’re bigger than normal people. I’d have cereal, but in a big bowl, loaded with sugar and full-fat milk.
I’d have sandwiches followed by crisps and chocolate and a fizzy drink and then I’d have a big dinner, and throughout the day I’d have biscuits and treats too.
I haven’t had any difficulties really, I set myself targets to achieve and allowed myself breaks, I set targets that required focus and hard work but were achievable. Once I hit them I had a weekend out with mates and allowed myself a day or two off and then I was straight back on it for the next target to hit.