Years of anxiety-fuelled comfort eating led Mark to morbid obesity by the age of 21.
At his heaviest, he weighed 330lbs (149kg) and after ‘too many rejections’ from girls he decided to diet and exercise the pounds off.
Mark, 38, of St Albans, dropped 112lbs (50kg) in 10 months, however, he did not tackle the root of the problem – his mental health.
By the age of 28, the weight had crept back on after Mark turned to food and excessive drinking, telling himself he was not good enough.
With the help of therapy as well as a nutritional diet and exercise, he lost a total of 140lbs (63kg).
Mark thought this would help him find love but the initial euphoria of being ‘shredded’ wore off. Mark now weighs 195lbs (88kg) and says he is living a more balanced life.
He qualified as a personal trainer and life coach to help others on their fitness journeys. In May 2017 Mark met Zoë, 32, and the couple are now planning their wedding.