Aaron Hickey was 24 when he tilted the scale above 130 kg
An Australian man has revealed how he lost 55 kg in just eight months after ‘getting sick from the sight’ of his own reflection.
Aaron Hickey, 28, had been ‘a big boy’ for as long as he could remember, but four years ago, when he lifted the scales by just over 130 kg, he knew he had to change his lifestyle.
The Melbourne-based IT consultant told Daily Mail Australia that he had big dreams for his life that didn’t match the body he was in.
“I wanted to travel, but I knew that with that size I wouldn’t be able to do things I wanted to do, I wanted to be able to party all night and adventure all day,” he said.
“I couldn’t even play a game of tennis with my mates.”
Aaron started his journey to lose weight while living at home with his parents. He drank a quart of Coke every day and picked up junk food when he was hungry or bored.
Every Thursday night, when his family ordered take-out, Aaron ordered the largest meal on the menu and easily destroyed 2,000 calories in one sitting.
He had started smoking, would never drink water, and did not exercise.
But one day when he looked at his reflection in the mirror, he decided to change.
Now the IT consultant, 28, is cutting a sloppy figure and working on building muscle
Aaron dropped 55kg after he was tired of being held back by his weight and tired of looking in the mirror
“I just gave up cold turkey, I quit smoking, didn’t drink Coke, and quit caffeine,” he said.
He followed a Lite n ‘Easy meal plan, ate 1,500 calories a day, and drank water instead of Coke.
While his family ate their burgers and fries on the takeout night, Aaron heated up a frozen meal.
“That first day was very difficult, but I knew I had to do it,” he said.
“ As soon as I started dieting it made sense to me, and seeing the number on the scale drop every week gave me all the motivation I needed. ”
He started walking, then jogging and soon he was running.
The weight melted away and he felt great.
After dropping about 45kg, Aaron went overseas, did a high ropes course and went to a gym.
At the age of 24, Aaron knew he wanted to travel the world, but he also knew he wouldn’t be able to do the things he wanted if he remained obese
Now his size and fitness level doesn’t stop him – he still lacks some confidence, but works on it every day
Four years later, he is still going to the gym and eating healthy.
He now weighs 86 kg and is happy with his new life.
He eats a three-egg omelette for breakfast every day and chicken and rice for lunch during the week.
“I don’t mind eating the same thing every day, I like to prepare meals and sometimes I mix it up a bit with kangaroo or salmon instead of chicken,” he said.
Six months after starting his weight loss journey, he was able to go abroad and do the activities he always wanted to try
Now snowboards – a hobby he could never have tried if he had remained obese.
And while he’s still not as confident as he’d like to be due to the loose skin on his stomach, he’s learning.
“Right now I’m building muscle and I can already see that it fills in part of the skin,” he said.
He follows people with loose skin on Instagram to help him with his confidence and now feels he can take off his shirt on the beach.
He has had surgery to remove the skin, but has decided to try to continue with muscle growth before making a decision to go under the knife.
Aaron couldn’t even finish a friendly game of tennis with friends when he was in college
He is now the strongest person in his friendship group and family
Aaron said cold turkey worked for him, but he has seen a lot of people jump on and off.
His biggest advice for those looking to lose weight is to start small.
“Do little things like swap Coke for water and it won’t be that difficult,” he said.
The 28-year-old also thanked his family and friends for their support on his weight loss journey.
“They are all proud of me, I went from the biggest, most unfit person in my family to the strongest,” he said.
What does a day on a plate look like for Aaron Hickey?
Breakfast: omelette with three eggs
Lunch: chicken and rice
Dinner: Chicken and sweet potato
Drink: water or cola zero with alcohol
When losing weight
Lite n ‘Easy 1500 calorie diet plan.
This plan consisted of five meals a day:
Breakfast: Wrap with two eggs, cheese, mushrooms, spinach and sauce
Lunch: Chicken fajita bowl
Dinner: Shepherd’s pie
Snacks: Fresh fruit, almonds, pretzels and peanuts
Breakfast: coffee and a bacon and spring roll
Dinner: Big Hungry Jacks meal
Snacks: chips and chocolate
Drinks: a liter of Coke