Head chef Jamie Brooks has lost an incredible 290lbs+ in just 12 months, and it was all thanks to some seriously tough love from his friend Neil. Jamie started piling on the pounds at the age of 14 when he got a part-time job in a kitchen.
Quickly he began a series of unhealthy eating habits – including picking at food during the day, gorging on takeaways at night and drinking sugary drinks for energy – which would come to dominate his life.At his heaviest, the 31-year-old weighed in at a dangerously unhealthy 504lbs.
However now, thanks to some serious tough love from a mate, a romantic connection and the Ideal Weight diet, the head chef from Somerset has turned his life around dropped to a healthy 14st 4Ibs.
Jamie’s weight loss journey began when his friend, 46-year-old camper van salesman Neil Williamson, saw an advert for the Ideal Weight diet. Desperate to help his mate lose weight, Neil decided the best plan was to serve Jamie up some tough love. This tough love came in the form of texts, including ‘fat f***’ (which Neil text Jamie every day for six weeks), and other motivational gems such as ‘You’ll be dead by the time you’re 40′.
It might not be everyone’s idea of help, but it certainly worked for Jamie.
Jamie explained: ‘It took the full six weeks to motivate me to do something but I’m so glad I did. Neil has saved my life, I can’t thank him enough.’
And Jamie’s weight loss has changed more than just the size of his jeans.
Since losing weight Jamie has begun a romantic relationship with his neighbour Melanie Mulley, and he admitted he’s never been happier: ‘I never made plans for the future as I always thought I would be dead at a young age, but now I’m healthy and have an amazing girlfriend – I’m a new man.’