By G9ija

A 31 stone law graduate who would eat 24 packs of Monster Munch and visit a burger chain every day has revealed how he’s managed to shed more than half of his body weight in just two years – by taking daily five-mile walks around his village. 

George Middleton, 31, from Hampshire, would eat his way through a large quarter-pounder, double cheeseburger, single cheeseburger, large fries, large milkshake and two apple pies every time he went to fast food chain McDonalds. 

Drinking four litres of cola a day and consuming 10,000 calories saw his weight soar and he was soon suffering from high blood pressure, mental health problems, and sleep apnoea, when a GP warned his diabetes put him at risk of having a foot amputated.

George Middleton, 31, a Law graduate from Hampshire, lost a staggering 16 stone after his doctor warned his unhealthy lifestyle and diabetes would put him at risk of having a foot amputated

George Middleton, 31, a Law graduate from Hampshire, lost a staggering 16 stone after his doctor warned his unhealthy lifestyle and diabetes would put him at risk of having a foot amputated

Mr Middleton was suffering from high blood pressure, mental health problems, and sleep apnoea

The law graduate (pictured left and right before weight loss) previously weighed 31 stones and would consumes around 10,000 calories a day

He regularly eat a large quarter-pounder, double cheeseburger, single cheeseburger, large fries, large milkshake and two apple pies

The law graduate (pictured left and right before weight loss) previously weighed 31 stones and would consumes around 10,000 calories a day

Faced with this stark reality, Mr Middleton changed his diet and began walking five miles each day around his village of Netley Abbey, Hampshire, bringing his weight down by a staggering 16 stone (101.6kg).

Now, looking like a completely different man, he has found love and plans to become a personal trainer in a bid to inspire others all over Britain to lose weight.

He said: ‘I want to help other people. It’s my aim to find someone who was like me and get them fighting fit like I am now. I know what it’s like to feel immobile.

After graduating from the University of Bournemouth with a 2:1 and leaving the education system in search of his first job in law, Mr Middleton said he began to feel ‘quite lost, like a lot of men in their early to mid 20s.’  

Struggling with career choices he became increasingly unhappy and found his comfort eating became more extreme.

He said: ‘I wanted to be a lawyer from the age of five. I loved the law and my education but University can be a bit of a bubble and I struggled with the realities of the world afterwards. 

Mr Middleton decided to change his diet and began walking five miles each day around his village of Netley Abbey

Mr Middleton decided to change his diet and began walking five miles each day around his village of Netley Abbey

Mr Middleton, who would also binge eat offer-priced foods, said that his poor health affected his mental health and personal relationships

Mr Middleton, who would also binge eat offer-priced foods, said that his poor health affected his mental health and personal relationships

‘It’s an age when suicide among men is shockingly prevalent and I could’ve fitted into that box.’

Turning increasingly to food, Mr Middleton’s weight meant he was unable to weigh himself on conventional scales or buy clothes on the high street.

He said his poor health and embarrassment at being seen in public affected his mental health and personal relationships, adding: ‘I lost a lot of my friends.

‘I was invited to things and would never go. I didn’t go to my sister’s or my best friend’s wedding.

‘I saw a photo of myself posted on Facebook and I was so ashamed of my size that I couldn’t go to the stag do or weddings.

‘I must have been quite a scary sight for people – people wouldn’t look at me. I was a recluse for six to seven years.’

Mr Middleton would drink four litres of Coca Cola a day, and consume five times the recommended calories for a man of his age.

His usual meal at McDonalds totalled 2,820 calories and he would eat this every other day, alternating with similar sized servings at other fast-food chains.

He took inspiration from YouTube videos and Hollywood icons such as Will Smith and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to change his eating habits

He took inspiration from YouTube videos and Hollywood icons such as Will Smith and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to change his eating habits

He put some of his worrying binge eating down to offer-priced foods and said it wasn’t uncommon for him eat an entire multi-pack of Monster Munch – sometimes as many as 24 packs in a single day.

He says: ‘I lived for offers. If Monster Munch was on offer, which it usually is, I would get it.’

After being faced with the threat of having a foot amputated, Mr Middleton said he decided to turn his life around.Walking was so huge for me. It had a massive, massive impact. I really love walking, it’s my bread and butter… George Middleton on getting fit

He added: ‘I was sat down by my doctor, who said ”do you like having two feet?” After I said yes, she then told me I was in danger of losing a foot if I didn’t do something about my weight.

‘That was the wake up call for me.’

Mr Middleton, who was wearing XXL shirts from the age of 13, took his inspiration from YouTube videos and Hollywood icons, saying: ‘Will Smith is a huge inspiration, and The Rock – I mean, who wouldn’t be inspired by The Rock?

‘I was inspired by how much time he puts in the gym. He is the hardest worker in the room.

George began to measure his steps using a Fitbit and embarked on two hour walks through his local country park. He also cut unhealthy snacks and starting to eat sweet potatoes, fruit and vegetables

George began to measure his steps using a Fitbit and embarked on two hour walks through his local country park. He also cut unhealthy snacks and starting to eat sweet potatoes, fruit and vegetables

‘With Will, some of the things he was saying really resonated with me. Particularly ”you can blame everyone, but it’s your responsibility to change”.’

After being given a FitBit as a gift by his sister, he began to measure his steps, and embarked on two hour walks through his local country park, cutting unhealthy snacks and starting to eat sweet potatoes, fruit and vegetables.

A typical day’s meals will now consist of porridge and fruit for breakfast, sardines and omelette for lunch and a chicken stir fry for dinner.

He also began walking back from the supermarket carrying his shopping three times a week, building something he calls ‘functional strength’.

George’s diet before and after his weight loss regime 

 Before 

A large quarter-pounder

 Double and single cheeseburger

Large fries  

Large milkshake 

Two apple pies 

Four litres of Coca Cola a day    

Entire multi-pack of Monster Munch – sometimes as many as 24 packs 

 After

Sweet potatoes

Fruit and vegetables

Porridge 

Sardines and omelette for lunch 

 Chicken stir fry for dinner

Mr Middleton added: ‘Walking was so huge for me. It had a massive, massive impact. I really love walking, it’s my bread and butter.’

His weight began plummeting quickly, but the final 5kg required to take him down to his target of 15 stone were the hardest.

Remarkably, Mr Middleton said that as he built muscle his body fat actually dipped ‘too low’ for his 6ft 3ins frame, adding: ‘My body fat dipped too low so my hands would turn purple when it was cold.’

During his weight-loss regime, Mr Middleton began attending more events, and met his girlfriend, nursery worker Heather, 27, at a wedding he would have once have been too ashamed to go to.

He is now doing talks at schools, and in addition to beginning a Level 3 diploma in personal training and hopes to make television appearances as a means of inspiring as many people as possible.

On advice for other weight-loss hopefuls, Mr Middleton says: ‘Don’t look to build the wall, just lay one brick at a time, there’s no point looking at the goal, you’ve just got to know where you’re going.

‘Do something – walking, yoga, cycling. As soon as you start doing something you start to build momentum.’

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