A Canadian man who lost 23 stone after adopting a low carb diet is now inspiring others to improve their health.
Tony Bussey, 43, felt compelled to overhaul his lifestyle following an incident in 2016 when he was on a plane flying people away from the Fort McMurray fire, which spread across 1,500,000 acres in the summer of 2016.
Mr Bussey was ushered to the front of the queue where he took up two seats and says how he felt on that day compelled him to make a change.
He told CBC News: “Seeing people having to wait because I was too fat to sit next to, that was it for me. It was like, ‘I’ve got to do something about this.'”
At the time, Mr Bussey weighed 40 stone (567 pounds), struggled to put on his socks and wore size 66 trousers. Now though, he fits in just one of the legs of those trousers he wore two years ago.
He adopted a low carb, high protein diet and began walking regularly. He started ordering vegetables instead of chips and now hopes to be able to run a marathon on the fifth anniversary of the fire.
He lost 326 pounds naturally through watching what he ate, limiting carbs and getting exercise, and is hoping to inspire others.
He said: “You used to think there was no hope. That it was just total despair that you were that big. That there was no going back. It was almost as if you were just waiting to die, as sad as that sounds, but that’s all your life was. There is hope. I was 41 when I started this, almost 600 pounds. If I can do this, anyone can.”
Mr Bussey is now down to size 34 jeans, is planning to travel more and feels better than he ever did before.
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