Real life Mr Whippy loses 10 stone after ballooning to XXXXL size by gorging on Ben & Jerrys ice cream
14:29 GMT, 28 September 2012
Meet the real life Mr Whippy: the man who tipped the scales at almost 25 stone and was forced to wear XXXXL clothing – all thanks to his love of ice cream.
Paul Naples, 26, piled on the pounds after gorging on his favourite Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream and at his heaviest, weighed 24 stone 12lbs.
The Virgin Money technical support assistant would eat half a tub of ice cream a day on top of an unhealthy diet – and as his waistline grew, his confidence shrunk so much that he was too embarrassed to leave the house.
Fat man thin: Paul Naples, 26, has lost a huge 10 stone and now weighs in at a healthy 14st 11lbs (right)
But that all changed when his cousin Cally asked him to be an usher at her wedding. In less than two years, Paul has lost 10 stone and now weighs in at a much healthier 14 stone 11lbs.
To his delight, Paul has also dropped down several sizes to a size L and his health has improved
Paul, from Newcastle-upon Tyne, said: 'I feel so much happier now and I have a lot more energy and confidence – I’m more open to talking to people and making conversation.
'The eureka moment was when my cousin asked me to be a witness and an usher at her wedding, as it gave me something to aim for. I had managed to get down to 16 stone by the time Cally got married on Christmas Eve .
'I am absolutely thrilled to have reached the weight that I am now and I can’t believe I’ve made it. It scares me now to think how big and dangerous I must have been and how unhealthy I was inside. It’s not until now, when I look at the photos of how I was before, that I see that I was so overweight.'
XXXXL: Paul says his unhealthy lifestyle took its toll on his confidence and left him with nothing to wear
Heavyweight: Paul sporting the dark, baggy clothes he used to wear before losing 10 stone
6ft 2in Paul has battled with his weight all his life. He used to comfort eat more than 5,000 calories a day – double the recommended amount for an average man.
'I was always known as the ‘big guy,' says Paul. 'I’d make an excuse as to why I couldn’t go out with my friends as I felt I was too big and it was embarrassing.
Trouble: Paul's passion for Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream made him pile on the pounds
'I feel I missed out a lot during my teenage years and in my early 20s as I was just plodding along in life.
'But now I feel a completely different person and I’m more positive about the future and socialise more. I’m 100 percent happier than I was before.'
Paul shifted the weight by enrolling at his local Slimming World club in January 2011.
He still goes to classes and to his local gym, but his hard work has meant he has had to buy a whole new wardrobe.
When I was bigger I would never go shopping as I would get all my clothes online and I was limited to what I could wear,' says Paul.
'None of my work clothes or normal clothes fitted me so I had to go and keep buying new clothes.'
'Trying to get my head around the body image change was something I struggled with at first, as I had always just got dark, big clothes and didn’t really care what they looked like.
'As the weight continued to drop off people would comment on how different I looked and how my shape had changed.
'I work with a team of 58 colleagues and everyone at some stage has commented on my journey and have said how well I have done and how proud they are of my achievement. I’ve had great support the whole way through from friends, family and workmates.'
His mentor at Slimming World, Maureen Cowans, added: 'It's marvellous what Paul has achieved and he’s an inspiration to everyone who is trying to lose weight. He’s full of fun and is very encouraging to others in the group.'
BEFORE: PAUL'S UNHEALTHY DIET
Breakfast: Rice Krispies with whole milk, with sugar on top.
Lunch: Chips, four sausages, beans, grated cheese on top, creamy coleslaw. Bottle of full fat Dr Pepper.
Dinner: Pizza, spicy wedges, creamy coleslaw.
Supper: Half tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Snacks (morning and afternoon): Bag of crisps, biscuits, sugary cup of tea, bar of chocolate, bottle of full fat Dr Pepper.
AFTER: PAUL'S DIET NOW
Breakfast: Fruit and Fibre cereal with skimmed milk.
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, with new potatoes, fresh salad leaves. Pint of sugar free flavoured squash.
Dinner: Homemade chilli, with wholemeal pasta
Supper: Hot chocolate, Cadbury Curly Wurly .
Snacks (morning and afternoon): Fruit salad, Muller Light yoghurt, Alpen Light cereal bar, sugar free fruit squash