Bridlington-born Jason Diprose said he “didn’t have a life” because of his out-of-control weight problem.
Now 26,he is a highly acclaimed fitness instructor working in Bridlington. But at his worst the college drop-out weighed a dangerously unhealthy 21 stone, costing him his teenage years and turning him into a recluse.
“I just didn’t want anyone to see me – I just stayed in my room,” said Jason, who lives in Hull.
“I left school in year nine, I just made excuses for myself. I just left because I didn’t want to be part of public life.”
“I felt excluded from society, and started drinking when I was 16. I really hated anyone seeing me – I had public anxiety.”
Jason’s health continued to deteriorate to the point that day-to-day activities became worryingly arduous.
“Going up the stairs was a struggle – I started getting heart palpitations and I was so sluggish. It felt like it does when you are ill.”
Even when Jason took the step of enrolling on a media and music engineering course, his life remained blighted by his immense weight.
“I was getting a taxi to college, I just started to feel worse and worse about myself.”
Jason knew he had to change, but the decision to tackle his weight head-on would prove a difficult one.
“I was 18 and just woke up one day and felt particularly awful. I felt like I had no quality of life and nothing going for me. “I just didn’t have a life and I missed out on my teenage years.
“I thought ‘I will be amazed if I’m not dead by 30’. Then I got a text from my friend Adam asking me to join him at the gym.
“Over 10 months, I literally lost 10 stone. I spent the whole of my free time understanding how to propel myself, researching nutrition and going to the gym. The more I researched, the more I went to the gym.
“I would get up at half-past-five in the morning just to run on the treadmill.”
But Jason’s determination caused him to lose too much weight too quickly, and he soon began developing symptoms of anorexia.
“I looked in the mirror and saw a different person – I had lost so much weight, but I still didn’t see myself that way.
“I wouldn’t recommend anyone lose weight the way I did, it should be slow and steady. I eventually got on top of it by eating more carbohydrate and maintaining a balanced diet.”
In the end, Jason’s transformation was nothing short of remarkable.
He decided to devote his life to being a personal trainer and now works for the 1Gym group.
“It’s brilliant now. I started going back to college and did a music course. That went really well but I realised it was the gym that was taking up all my time and focus. I started my personal training course. Now I want to help 1Gym branches.
“I want people to know they can achieve whatever they went if they have the right mind-set.”