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Chris Gunning remembers his childhood with a touch of sadness. As an overweight youngster who became an obese teenager, his formative years were difficult on many levels.
“At school I couldn’t do what the other kids did and wouldn’t participate in sports,” he explained. “I never branched out, never challenged myself, and always had an excuse as to why I couldn’t do something.”
Concerned by the number of overweight children in society today, Chris says he finds it heartbreaking that so many kids are carrying around so much extra weight. He is determined that when he has children of his own, they won’t suffer the consequences of an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
“I want my future kids to meet the people I didn’t meet and have the fun I didn’t have. I would never let them go through what I went through.”
No more big, baggy shirts
It has been over a year since Chris made the life-changing decision to join The Biggest Loser Club.
“I was with the family and we were having a few beers around the pool. Everyone else jumped in to take a swim, but I refused because I didn’t want to take off my shirt. That’s when it hit me. I couldn’t keep living like this, always saying no to everything. I made the decision that I wouldn’t go through another summer this way.”
Determined to stick with his big plan, Chris immediately signed up for The Biggest Loser Club.
A new lease on life
Today Chris is a fit and healthy young man with everything to live for. He carries his trim 151-lb frame with confidence, enjoys his early morning gym sessions every day, and is now looking forward to playing a team sport for the first time in his life.
“I’ve joined an indoor league even though I’ve never played a sport before,” he laughed. “I think I’m going to enjoy it, and it’s certainly better than what I did before, which was to hang out at home with my dogs like a recluse."
Old habits die hard
When Chris joined The Club, he said goodbye to junk food, goodbye to being a couch potato, and hello to the big, wide, wonderful world. But the change of pace wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Even today, Chris has to watch out for fast food enticements.
“I’m a sales rep, so I’m on the road all the time,” Chris explained. “Before joining The Biggest Loser Club I was always stopping at bakeries and buying snacks. It got to the point where I was eating out at every meal, and it was always fast food. I’d order a combo meal and then add an extra burger and a drink, yet somehow I never felt full.”
Never, ever hungry
Concerned that The Biggest Loser program would leave him feeling hungry, Chris was initially unsure that it could work for him. However, he decided to put his doubts aside, and embraced the menu plan with gusto. To his surprise, he says he never once felt like he was denying himself food or suffering from hunger pangs.
“I use the recipes from the website, which are really easy to cook. My roommates are actually starting to put in requests for certain meals. They see the healthier options in front of me and they want what I’m having!”
It took Chris six months of following menu plans and using his diary consistently before he felt confident enough to join a gym. Today he’s a confirmed gym junkie and says his newfound stamina is also making him more productive at work.
“When I start work in the morning, I am ready. Before, it would take me three or four coffees to get going, so I wasn't really ready until lunchtime. I think this new productivity is a combination of sleeping better, feeling better, and being happier in general.”
Keeping the diary
“The Biggest Loser Club is an excellent program because I can eat pretty much whatever I want as long as it’s within my calorie target. I guess I don’t really need the diary anymore, but I’m not prepared to stop using it yet. I never want to go back to where I came from.”