AN OBESE teenager shed almost half his body weight to become a fitness guru after being called a ‘whale’.
Ricky Ingram, now 26, runs his own online personal training business and weighs a healthy 12st. But it wasn’t until he was cruelly mocked by football fans watching TV in a bar in Spain that he decided to change.
The trainer, from Westerham, Kent, said: ‘They said there was a whale blocking the TV. I felt awful. It really hit me and I knew I needed to make a change.’
As a child, Ricky was always bigger than most of his friends and scoffed chips, chocolate and fizzy drinks. By the time he was 18 he weighed 21st and ate 3,500 calories a day and was nicknamed ‘kebab legs’.
He said: ‘I got teased but never took it too seriously. I suppose I needed someone to be more honest with me.’
After returning from Spain, Ricky joined a fitness club and started a low-carb diet, encouraged by his mum Vicky, 44. ‘It didn’t feel like I was dieting because I was enjoying it. It was a lifestyle choice,’ he said.
He started studying sports and exercise science and at 20, weighing 14st, he qualified as a level three personal trainer.
He now co-runs Bodies Made Online, where he uses his experiences to help others lose weight. He said: ‘To see the progress people make gives me a great feeling. I feel like a completely new person.’