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From fatness to fitness for teen branded ‘whale’

company boss
Ricky Ingram
lost 9st and
now helps
others get fit
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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.’

‘I needed to change’: Ricky with mum Vicky in Spain

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.’