Sheffield student who binged on booze and takeaways at uni loses SEVEN stone in a year
A student whose weight ballooned to 22st after he fell into the “uni lifestyle” of heavy boozing and takeaways has shed a staggering seven stone - in less than a year.
George Millward, 21, looks unrecognisable as he shows off his new trim figure after he shifted the pounds using just a set of dumbbells and a set of resistance bands.
The Sheffield Hallam University student weighed a whopping 22st 4lbs and wore a XXL sized shirt and 40 inch trousers at his heaviest last May.
But now, a year on, he comfortably fits into a size 34 inch jeans and a large shirt after his astonishing weight loss during lockdown and is down a trimline 15st 2lbs.
George, a sports coaching student, said: “I caught Covid the week before the first lockdown.
"I had symptoms but nothing I couldn't handle.
"Afterwards I'd try to go for a few walks and I couldn't breath and that kick started my health kick.
"I didn't like how I looked and how I thought of myself but now I feel so much better when I look in the mirror.
“It was a total lifestyle change. I did four or five days of weight training and walking a week.
"I'd get up, have a healthy breakfast, weight train for two hours and then go for a walk for two or three hours. I would walk every day.
George, originally from Banbury in Oxfordshire, was into his fitness before he moved to Sheffield for university.
But too many boozy nights out, a lack of exercise and a bad diet saw his weight spiral out of control.
He would skip breakfast, often because he slept in – then stuff his face with sandwiches, crisps and pizza throughout the day.
He added: "I'd always been very prone to putting weight on, I was always the big kid at school, but I became a proper gym head at 16 and 17 and was in good shape.
"It was when I got to uni that the weight ballooned. I stopped going to the gym, I was hungover most days, I'd eat rubbish and then go out boozing at night.
"I'm studying to be a sports coach too and I thought, who is going to take me seriously as a sports coach looking like that?”
George moved back home during lockdown and began training four times a week and walking daily.
He began eating healthier, lighter meals and swapped the sandwiches for fruit.
He also started training every day at home using his 10kg dumbbells, resistance bands and would go on daily walks.
The weight soon dropped and despite not being able to run for more than a minute when he first started, he completed a 10km run in October.
George now runs social media accounts on Instagram and You-tube to promote a healthy lifestyle.
He has also raised money by walking and running 247 miles during the second lockdown for MIND charity who help people struggling with mental health issues.
Lunch: Sandwiches stuffed with ham and cheese, two packets of crisps
Dinner: Chicken and chips, then George would order a pizza or burger at around 10-11pm
Breakfast: Poached egg on wholemeal toast
Dinner: Chicken, vegetables and rice or a jacket potato.