Former firefighter overcomes ‘secret’ eating to lose 10 stone and turn life around

A former firefighter who binged on unhealthy meals dropped greater than 10 stone after deciding to change his life.

Aaron Harlow-Stephenson, 22, from Aykley Heads, in Durham, spent his teenage years, hoarding and then devouring crisps, prepared meals and chocolate.

His issues started with ‘secret’ eating and by the point he was 16, he weighed 147 kilos – greater than 23st.

Thanks to after-school rugby and a strict weight-reduction plan, he misplaced an unbelievable 10st, dropping to 14st earlier than reworking his physique by way of his job as a fireman and his day by day five-hour exercises to change into a aggressive bodybuilder.

Overweight and bullied by his friends, he began a health regime and turned his life around – now he’s serving to folks of all ages do the identical.

He mentioned: “I had a large, large downside with secret eating with on-line gaming, I turned addicted to it.

Aaron Harlow-Stephenson modified his life-style after creating a binge eating downside

“Sitting in my room, mixed with eating I turned fairly fats. I put fairly a substantial quantity of weight on and weighed 147 kilos in complete.

“At that time I knew I used to be in a extremely dangerous approach. One time I got here into school and knew I wanted to make a change in my approach of life.

“I used to be bullied right through faculty for being obese however stopped in school.

“But there was a time in school when somebody mentioned to me ‘Who ate all of the muffins?’ once I had been eating ice cubes to strive and lose weight. It modified each facet of who I used to be.

“At that time I began coaching actually, actually exhausting. I began rugby and went to the health club each day for 5 hours.”

Aaron Harlow-Stephenson

Now, Aaron, who has modified profession to change into an ambulance scientific care assistant, has a balanced weight-reduction plan of protein and carbohydrates to complement his coaching regime and his bodybuilding images have gained him tens of 1000’s of followers.

Superfit Aaron is setting social media ablaze, by creating personalised weight-reduction plan and health plans for everybody from housebound pensioners to youngsters, solely freed from cost by way of his Facebook web page.

And, to this point, he has gained greater than 83,000 Instagram followers and created upwards of 300 plans, just because, “I would like to assist folks.”

The response to his bespoke health programmes and wholesome eating regimes has seen him create plans for a pensioner with arthritis to a 14-year-old boy who wished to construct his power and his confidence.

“People appear shocked that I’m doing this at no cost, however with so many individuals at residence and consolation eating, I wished to discover methods to assist them with their bodily and their psychological well being,” he mentioned.

But the previous Durham Johnston Comprehensive School pupil is aware of that the advantages of health far exceed social media likes.

“When you get fitter, more healthy and stronger bodily,” he mentioned, “you change into fitter, more healthy and stronger mentally.

“And the nice factor is that, so long as you actually need to do it, you are by no means too old to change your life.”

So far, Aaron has helped folks sort out all the things from ‘love handles’ to sugar cravings – solely freed from cost by way of his Facebook web page and he mentioned, “if I can, I’ll assist anybody who contacts me.”



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