'It's the best feeling!' Man shed 11st 3lb and improved fitness with exercise change

'It's the best feeling!' Man shed 11st 3lb and improved fitness with exercise change

Exercise can help with weight loss

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 18/02/2024

- 08:30

Updated: 18/02/2024

- 11:07

One man lost more than 11 stone during his weight loss transformation

Daniel Morris, 32, shared his staggering results after losing a stone a month for nearly one year.

He transformed his life with the help of exercise and is currently training to run a marathon.

Before his transformation, Daniel struggled with everyday tasks.

He said: "Obviously, I felt terrible most of the time. I was out of breath walking upstairs, always panicking about visibly sweating when walking into college or school, and even worried if I could fit into classroom seats.

Man in suit before and after weight loss

One man shared his impressive transformation


“Then, of course, there was the mental aspect of it. I was often anxious and depressed. Any time I went somewhere new I noticed people treating me differently – it was almost as if they felt they had to tiptoe around me or avoid me altogether.

“But I’d been a larger person for so long, that I felt it had become an unchangeable part of who I was.”

The slimmer decided enough was enough in his final year of university and as he prepared to take time out travelling.

Daniel started exercising regularly, starting small and working up to a half marathon, which he completed last year.

He said: "Over the course of my weight loss journey, I found that setting easily achievable goals really helped me along. I started off with workouts consisting of walks, 15 minutes on the static bike and strength training.

"Over time this developed into a full strength routine, and eventually being able to run long distance.

"In the early days, I slowly built up my distance by running for 30-second intervals at a time. Soon enough, I was addicted.

“I ran my first half marathon in October 2023, and I ran more than 2,000km in total last year."

The 32-year-old is now preparing to run the adidas Manchester Marathon which takes place in April.

Losing weight meant Daniel's fitness improved and he can buy clothes off the rack for the first time. His confidence has also improved.

Couple at finish line of marathon

Running has helped Daniel to slim down


The dieter added: “I’m a huge sports fan, and now I can play football without fear of being judged by others. It sounds small, but I also love how I’m now able to buy clothes off the hanger, as this was something I could never do before.

"I have a much more positive outlook on life. I enjoy taking time to reflect now and again. I’m hugely grateful that my body is now able to take on these massive fitness challenges – it is just the best feeling ever.

“It almost sounds too simple, but the best advice I can give is to just put one foot in front of the other. Set smaller and more manageable goals that then feed into a larger goal and most importantly believe in yourself.

“I was constantly dismissed as one of those stereotypical 'just big guys', so if I can do it, anyone can!”

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