A bodybuilder has transformed himself from a chubby child into an award winning muscle man.
Hartlepool’s Adam Foster this month qualified for the UK Bodybuilding Fitness Federation’s British Championships which will take place in October.
The 25-year-old said he was very overweight as a youngster because of a diet of poor eating, at his heaviest tipping the scales at 16stone.
But, in his mid teens he decided to tackle the problem and started lifting weights.
Former Brierton School pupil, Adam, said: “When I was younger, my lifestyle was that of a typical fat kid. I’d eat crisps, chips, and wouldn’t exercise.
“I was really insecure as a kid. I hated wearing normal clothes like T-shirts because I felt fat.”
I don’t get fat because I’m eating the right stuff and you’ll find me weightlifting six days a week.Adam Foster
Despite hitting the gym Adam was still overeating, but was inspired to transform his diet when he met five-times Mr Universe, Eddy Ellwood, who helped him on the road to becoming an award-winning bodybuilder in his own right.
Adam, of Shrewsbury Street, said: “Taking part in these competitions gives me a buzz I thought I’d never achieve. It was a climb, but I’m proud to have achieved the body I have today.”
Despite still putting away 3,000 calories each day he maintains low body fat thanks to his punishing gym routine and high-protein diet.
He said: “I don’t get fat because I’m eating the right stuff and you’ll find me weightlifting six days a week.”
Now the fitness enthusiast is urging other young people with weight problems to take control of their lifestyles.
And, its not all brawn and no brain for Adam, who graduated from Teesside University with a masters degree in marketing management.
He has now used his knowledge of digital marketing, combined with his bodybuilding hobby, to launch a new website, cheapproteindiscountcodes.co.uk, to help bodybuilders save money on protein powders.