As a teen, Anthony Bayer says he was constantly rejected by girls for his weight.
At his heaviest Anthony weighed 24st 10lbs (157kg) and wore size 42 trousers.
He had always struggled with his weight and was the butt of cruel jokes throughout his time at school.
Anthony was even tricked into going to his school formal dance with a girl – only to have her reject him at the last second in a cruel prank, after he arrived at her doorstep in a rented limo wearing a brand-new suit.
But after going through a drastic transformation, Anthony says he now gets hit on by the girls who turned him down for his weight.
Anthony, 26, decided to lose weight five years ago after a warning from his doctor.
He began hitting the gym and changed up his diet, and managed to drop 9st 6lbs (60kg) and five clothing sizes.
The same girl who pulled that prank has since messaged him to ask for a date.
Business owner Anthony, from Queensland, Australia, said: ‘I really liked this girl at my school. She was very popular, and all the guys thought she was the hottest girl in our grade.
‘I thought she was really pretty, and I must have been crazy, but I decided I’d ask her to the school dance.
‘It was my final year of school, and I just thought “why not?”. I was anticipating for her to reject me straight away and just laugh in my face.
‘But amazingly, she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited for the dance that I bought a new suit, got a haircut and hired a limo.
‘I wanted to impress her. I nervously drove to her house, walked up and rang the bell. She opened it and just said “sorry, you’re too fat to fit through the door” and slammed the door in my face.
‘I was heartbroken. I went back to the limo and cried my eyes out. But then I gathered myself, and thought well, you have a suit on so you might as well go to the dance.
‘But I had a terrible time, and everyone laughed and bullied me when they found out what happened. It was horrible.
‘I sank into a major depression after that, which lasted years after high school ended. I never thought anyone could love me and that I’d be alone forever.’
Anthony believes his weight gain was down to an ‘addiction’ to fast food.
In his teens he would have two footlong meatball subs with a large bottle of coke for breakfast, a KFC burger meal from KFC and a pack of Magnum ice creams for lunch, and two large pizzas plus another two-litre bottle of coke for dinner – meaning he was consuming around 10,000 calories per day.
In 2014 Anthony was told he was on the verge of developing type two diabetes. That urged him to make a change.
A day in Anthony’s diet:
Anthony’s diet before:
- Breakfast: Two footlong meatball subs and a two-litre bottle of coke
- Lunch: A large KFC burger box meal and a four-pack of Magnum ice creams
- Dinner: Two large pepperoni pizzas from Domino’s
Anthony’s diet after his transformation:
- Breakfast: Oats with a scoop of protein power and one banana and two cups of green tea
- Lunch: Red meat with green vegetables and brown rice
- Dinner: Grilled chicken with mixed vegetables and brown rice
- Occasional dessert: Halo Top choc mint ice cream
He said: ‘I didn’t know how to eat properly and didn’t care. I was addicted to fast food.
‘I never thought about my health until my doctor said I was about to get diabetes. I broke down in tears and realised I needed to change my life.
‘I stopped eating fast food and began cooking for myself. I also stepped foot into a gym for the first time back in 2014 and haven’t looked back.’
After overhauling his life and improving his health, Anthony was still shocked to be contacted by the girl who ditched him for being overweight.
‘I was always rejected and would get laughed at when I approached girls,’ says Anthony. ‘But now women are asking me on dates all the time.
‘I went from having three matches on Tinder when I was fat, to now having over 1,000 matches with girls. It’s crazy.
‘Then about a year ago, that same girl who was so cruel to me before our school formal, somehow got my number through my Instagram page and sent me a text apologising for being a bully and asked if we could go on a date.
‘I couldn’t believe it and didn’t even reply. I’ll forgive, but I would never forget.’
Anthony now hopes to support others on a journey towards improving their health, and has since opened his own personal training business called Transform Your Future.
‘I’ve gone through a lot, but my experiences have made me the man I am today,’ he says.
‘My message is to just never give up, even when everything seems hopeless.
‘My goal now is to help others who have been through the same things I have. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
‘I feel so much happier about life and I’m looking forward to the future.’
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