Carl Whittle, 40, of Salford, Manchester, used to spend his days on the sofa, getting stoned and eating fast-food meals, but now he looks like a different person
A dad who used to feast at McDonald’s and Greggs and was “stoned all the time” looks unrecognizable after breaking his old habits.
Carl Whittle, 40, used to get out of breath walking up the stairs or just walking his four-year-old son in his stroller.
The carpenter spent his free time getting stoned on the sofa, which led to him resorting to takeaways for tea most evenings This is reported by the Manchester Evening News.
But after the father-of-one from Salford, Manchester, overhauled his lifestyle just before his 40th birthday, he now looks like a whole different guy.
Carl said: “I’ve always wanted to change, but I’ve always been so lazy.
“It was always ‘I’ll do something tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll start on a Monday,’ but nothing would ever happen. I had to take some responsibility.
“Smoking cannabis has really impacted my lifestyle. I’ve probably smoked it every day since I was 16. I wanted to quit, so I thought going to the gym would give me more reason to do it.”
Every day during the workday, he drove to the nearest McDonald’s for breakfast before indulging in a Greggs for lunch.
He said, “I had no interest in exercise, I had no motivation. I was really lazy and unfit. I spent most of my time on the couch.”
“I had no idea about nutrition, so I just ate what was easiest and most convenient.”
But Carl’s lifestyle concerns came to a head when he realized he was feeling depressed and suffering from a lack of energy.
He enrolled in a 16-week program with his wife Cheryl, 38 Ultimate performance Gym at Spinningfields last summer.
Before his transformation, Carl described himself as “skinny fat” – with skinny arms and legs but a bigger stomach.
After working out in the gym three times a week and changing his diet, he lost five pounds and his body fat percentage dropped from 25 percent to nine.
Cheryl, a specialty nurse, also nearly lost two stone after cutting out junk food and exercising with her partner.
They plan and prepare all of their freshly prepared meals, which consist of boiled eggs or porridge for breakfast, salmon salads for lunch, and chicken and veggies for dinner.
Although the change was tough at first, Carl claims the transformation has helped him in every aspect of his life and others have noticed the difference too.
“Going to the gym was nerve-wracking and overwhelming, but I felt comfortable right away,” said Carl.
“It was a big adjustment that was difficult at first, but once we got used to it I started to really enjoy it and the meals.”
Eight months later, the couple has maintained their healthy regime, even hitting the gym four to five times a week with their son, who enjoys the Lego Club and swimming lessons while he works out.
Carl said: “I’m a lot more confident, I’m out more, I can work more and it’s easier, I’m more active, more social.
“I’m definitely happier. I was stoned all the time, so I was always insecure and wanted to be left alone. The gym gave me something to do, it was probably more out of boredom that I used to smoke and then eat shit food all the time. One habit led to another.”
Carl added: “It completely changed my life. The way I lived then is totally different from the way I live now; two completely different people.”
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