Daniel is half the man he used to be

PUBLISHED: 08:21 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

WEIGHING 25 stone and not yet 25 years-old, Daniel Hoare was warned by doctors his condition could kill him within a couple of years.

WEIGHING 25 stone and not yet 25 years-old, Daniel Hoare was warned by doctors his condition could kill him within a couple of years.Twenty months after learning the disturbing truth, the 26-year-old, who used to work the doors at Winston's and Royal Clarence in Seaton, is a shadow of his former self.Ten stone lighter and learning to become a personal trainer, he has turned his life around and says that day was the wake up call he needed. "It was quite shocking and scary," he said. "But it gave me the determination to change things. I thought 'I'm not going to die young' and luckily I'm still here. "My parents had dragged me to the doctors and, without them, I wouldn't be here. The doctor told me my blood pressure was astronomical and that I had to start doing something now - or my heart would have exploded and I would have died." Daniel made losing weight his New Year Resolution - and this would be one he would have to stick to. Having previously played rugby for Devon, at 15-years-old Daniel shattered bones in his ankle. Once an active boy, he was now less mobile but continued to eat the same.Progressively, he gained weight over the next 10 years to the point where he put his life in danger.He said: "I could drink 25 to 30 pints and then have a kebab. I was always happy on the outside because I could eat and drink what I liked. But deep inside I was wasn't at all happy."I was in a pretty dire state for such a young age. And it's a vicious cycle, comfort eating. It takes a big wake-up call to get out of it."Though people would sometimes tease him about his weight, it was his own awareness of his size that saddened him. It was this depression that first brought him to the doctor's attention.However, now having surpassed his target weight of 16 stone, and still working out, Daniel's self-esteem has been restored.He said: "If I haven't seen people for a year, they only recognise me by my tattoos. It's like wow! It's nice. "My confidence has soared and I am able to talk to everyone, meet more people."Health-wise I feel so much better. Now I can buy normal clothes - and I don't look half bad in them. It's a really good feeling."He puts his success down to changing his lifestyle - from eating more healthily, to exercising more regularly.He said: "I don't like the word 'diet'. If you want to lose weight you have to change how you think, otherwise you'll go back to your old habits and put back on all the weight."A major part of the diet isn't just to eat healthily but to give yourself treats - otherwise you'll go on a rampage and eat everything.""I would never get back to what I was. I'm very determined. "I still have some things I crave, but I don't overindulge. Or if I do, I compensate by working out more in the gym."After completing a course in nutrition and weight management, and due to be a fully qualified personal trainer in February, Daniel hopes to educate other people to lead healthier lifestyles. "I want to catch people early and go around schools giving talks," he said. "If I tell my story, hopefully it will get through to young people's minds. "You see obesity all the time. "Perhaps I can't say anything because it would be hypocritical, but I think it's a problem and we need to do something about it.He said friends, family and an education on diet and exercise helped him tackle his weight problem. Now he wants to help others who perhaps do not know how to go about it.He hopes his own story will be proof enough that it can be done: "If people are unhappy, I would say talk to someone who can help."I'm open to give advice - I've proved it's possible and you don't have to live like that if you don't want to."If anyone wants any advice, call Daniel on 07966243980 or e-mail dan.1hoare@btinternet.com

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