A Judge Rinder guest has lost an incredible 25st after his appearance on the reality TV show left him horrified and determined to change his lifestyle.
Mitchell Yafai weighed 40st after years of gorging on crisps and sweets, and downing three litres of fizzy drinks a day – and he now credits Judge Rinder for saving his life.
The 26-year-old didn’t realise how big he had grown until he appeared on Robert Rinder’s ITV reality show in 2016, when his mum Tracy tried to settle an alleged £3,000 debt.
Mr Yafai has lost a staggering 25st and is feeling so confident about himself he has joined Tinder to date for the first time in years.
The kids’ home manager said he looked “disgusting” when he appeared on Judge Rinder, and vowed to make big changes to his life.
Mr Yafai, who stands 6ft 3in, started walking 14 miles a day, changed his diet and underwent gastric bypass surgery.
He now weighs 15st.
He told the Daily Star: “I hated everything about how I looked.
“No matter what angle they filmed me from, I was disgusting.”
Mr Yafai stopped taking the bus to work and began walking back and forth every day because he was so embarrassed over his weight.
He added: “None of this would have been possible without Judge Rinder – being on that show, watching myself and thinking enough’s enough.
“Truth is, Judge Rinder saved my life.”
Mr Yafai initially lost 17st and was told he wasn’t eligible for gastric bypass surgery on the NHS.
He gained 6st in four months, but saved up £4,500 for private gastric bypass surgery in the Czech Republic.
In that operation, the top part of the stomach is joined to the small intestine.
People feel fuller sooner when they eat, and they don’t absorb as many calories from food.
In less than six months, he lost 14st – bringing his weight down to 15st.
Mr Yafai says he has never felt so good and he now wants to use his experience to inspire others.
People who undergo weight loss surgery on the NHS, including gastric bypass, are told to commit to making permanent lifestyle changes to avoid putting weight back on.
They are urged to change their diet, exercise regularly and attend regular follow-up appointments to check how things are going after surgery.
Weight loss surgery can carry a small risk of complications such as excess folds of skin that may need to be removed with further surgery, a lack of vitamins and minerals from the new diet, gallstones, a blood clot in the leg, the gastric band slipping out of place or food leaking from the join between the stomach and small intestine.
Yesterday, a primary school teacher told how she dropped an impressive five stone in just four months before her wedding day after getting in touch with a personal trainer.
And This Morning presenter Alison Hammond, 44, has wowed her Instagram followers are sharing a photo of herself looking trim.