A man was told he would be “lucky to see 40” before turning his life around.
Phil Kayes, 47, from County Down, Northern Ireland, was a lonely civil servant who feared he would die alone because of his weight.
Before his weight loss, he was scared of dying in his sleep and his body would be trapped on the third floor of his parents’ home.
But Phil decided to put all that behind him to kick-start his incredible weight loss journey and shed an impressive 21st.
His transformation success led the civil servant to scoop a prestigious Slimming World award, the Greatest Loser 2020.
In three years, Phil dropped from 37st 2lbs to 15st 6lbs in just three years – and now he’s met the “love of his life”.
He said: “I’d avoid parties and weddings because I just felt so uncomfortable.
“I knew I wouldn’t fit into a plane seat so I never travelled, even though I really wanted to.
“Apart from my job as a civil servant, I didn’t really do anything except hide away and eat. It was a very lonely time.
“When I was bigger, I couldn’t imagine ever finding love and felt resigned to dying alone.”
And things have moved at a steady pace for Phil and his girlfriend Nicole Mulholland.
He continued: “Since meeting, we’ve moved in together.
“We swam in the Mediterranean Sea, have been on a walking tour of Berlin and I’ve learned to drive.”
Phil was recently “knocked off his feet” by suspected coronavirus and he’s not sure how he would have survived before his journey.
He continued: “I dread to think how my body would have responded.”
Now Phil’s diet has changed as before Slimming World he would eat a sausage roll for breakfast with a latte or cappuccino.
For lunch tinned soup, bread, crisps and a bar of chocolate or chips with cheese would be on the menu.
Dinner was pizza, crisps and chocolate or a takeaway with evening snacks of crisps, chocolate, sweets, doughnuts and biscuits.
But now his diet is a lot healthier before – thanks to his weight loss journey.
He enjoys Bran Flakes for breakfast, pasta and fruit for lunch and chicken or salmon for dinner.
Phil continued: “It’s a completely different life to the one I had before.
“One that is full of opportunities, friends and adventures.’