Man who ballooned to 25 stone after a break-up loses weight and finds new love

Man who ballooned to 25 stone after a break-up loses weight and finds new love

It's a well-known fact that breakups can take a serious toll on our mental health, as rejection can often lead to feelings of depression and low self-esteem. However a breakup can also take its toll on our physical health, since an unhappy parting of ways can often make us feel apathetic towards exercise and a balanced diet, in favour of alcohol, nicotine, junk food and lethargy as coping mechanisms.

One person who knows this all too well is Philip Moore. Philip was depressed after the end of his long-term relationship, and turned to comfort eating, ending up weighing more than 25 stone. He gained over five stone after splitting with his partner two years ago, and at his lowest felt suicidal.

He was prescribed antidepressants to help him deal with his mental illness, but medication seemed to have little effect on him. However, his GP then advised him to sign up to the NHS-funded Live Well Scheme; a fitness programme for anyone with a body mass index (BMI) over 45.

An image of Philip Moore. Credit: Press Association

Despite having never set foot in a gym before, Philip took to the fitness programme like a duck to water and now believes that it helped him save his sanity. So far he's managed to shed six-and-a-half stone, finding new confidence and new love along the way. Philip now wants to become a personal trainer himself.

Commenting on his weight loss in a recent interview, he stated: "I was worried about my state of mind at the time, but my physical health was just as bad. I got on the treadmill and just began walking, but even after a few minutes of that, I was pouring with sweat. I realised that my body couldn’t do things that it used to do since I was always active as a child, but I decided to persist, even when it felt impossible."

He added: "My mental health deteriorated as my weight ballooned within a year of splitting up with my partner. I went up to 25 and a half stone, as I was scoffing pastries from the bakery counter at work and taking home junk food to eat in front of the TV. Things got so bad that I started to think about ending my life. But, after discovering the gym, I started doing hour-long sessions four times a week and even joined spinning classes and did cardio work-outs.

An image of Philip Moore. Credit: Press Association

"It was incredible how much exercise improved my state of mind, too. It worked far better than any drugs. I never thought I would recover or find myself again, but so much has happened in a year. I now weigh 18 stone and, while I do want to lose more weight and get down to about 15 stone, I’m still beyond happy with my progress, as I’m healthier than I was even before the break-up ... I want other people who are struggling mentally and physically to know there is a way out, no matter how hard it gets."

If you'd like to learn more about this scheme, why not visit this link for help and further information? It could end up making a huge difference to your life.