An overweight father-of-two who ‘didn’t recognise himself’ in the mirror after piling on the pounds has revealed the result of his 6st weight loss.
Travel agent and fitness coach, Scott Ross, 48, of Dunmow, Essex, slowly put on weight while working 14-hour days at his desk, eventually tipping the scale at 19st 7lb.
Now, after ditching his unhealthy diet and upping the exercise, Scott weighs just 13st and has a lean, sculpted six pack to show for all of his hours working out.
The father-of-two said he has much more energy now, and he credited his new lifestyle with reducing his stress levels and helping him through lockdowm.
Scott Ross, 48, from Dunmow, Essex, went from weighing 19st 7lb to just 13st after taking reconsidering his looks and health following a family holiday in Spain. Pictured: the 2019 holiday snap that made Scott want to change his ways
Scott, pictured now, said he didn’t recognise his body after putting on the weight in 2018. He started watching his alimentation and working out
Scott said: ‘I barely recognised myself in our holiday photos, I felt so unhappy with my appearance.
‘I rented a kayak to go out on the sea with my two sons, Matt, 15, and Luke, 14, and after five minutes I was incredibly out of breath.
‘It was a real shock always as I was a fairly fit person in the past and played a lot of rugby growing up.
‘When we got back to the apartment, I just didn’t recognise myself in the mirror anymore, and so I made the conscious decision to do something about it when I got back.’
The father-of-two admitted he piled on the pounds while working on building his travel company in 2018 and fell for convenience and comfort food that were easy to prepare. Pictured before
After returning to the UK from Spain in 2019, Scott immediately overhauled his diet and started a three-months-long online nutrition plan called the Six Pack Revolution (pictured now)
Scott says put on a lot of weight whilst starting a new home travel business in 2018.
He explained: ‘I started a new travel business back in 2018 from home, before we went away in 2019, and I was spending around 14 hours a day sat behind a desk.
‘I was going for the more convenient foods that were nearby like the packets of crisps, sandwiches and biscuits. My peak weight before I started my fitness journey was 19st 7lbs.’
Scott implemented regular exercise and proper diet, following a three-month online fitness and nutrition plan called the Six Pack Revolution, upon his arrival back to the UK.
He explained: ‘My original intention was to get down to around 16 or 17st.
Scott said that he found the slightest exercise put him out of breath before his transformation, but now he enjoys his trip to the gym, right
The father-of-two is now a fitness coach and said he finds batching cooking with fresh ingredients ‘therapeutic’
‘After those 90 days I was sporting a six pack and didn’t want to give up, I kept up the drive to get leaner, add more muscle and after nine months I looked like I do today weighing 13st.’
Scott’s fitness routine involved regular gym sessions four times a week and lots of running which he still enjoys today.
He added: ‘It was life changing for someone in their late 40’s like me.
‘I would definitely say that I am far fitter now than I was in my rugby playing days.’
Scott now eats six times per day to gain the required energy to keep his incredible physique.
The dad-of-two with his sons during the Marbella holiday that changed how he looked at his body in 2019
Scott said he finds maintaining his new healthy lifestyle easy because he is comfortable with his diet and the amount of time he spends working out
The travel agent with his two sons Matt, 15, and Luke, 14. He admitted he still treats himself to the odd glass of wine and pizza on the weekends if he wants to
He said: ‘Twice a day I will have Herbalife multi-nutritional shake, two healthy snacks and two good meals.
‘A lot of my diet these days will consist of high levels of protein, green carbs like quinoa and brown rice and healthy fats like avocado and extra virgin olive oil.
‘I even tried a lot of new vegetarian and vegan dishes which before I would have never dreamt of trying.
‘When you get comfortable, you can keep this lifestyle easy and, on the weekend, still have the odd treat like pizza & wine like I do.’
A year after shedding the weight and working on his six pack, Scott opened a coaching business with his girlfriend in 2020 (pictured now)
The fitness coach said he is driven on the goals he wanted to achieve, which has helped him adapt to his new lifestyle easily
Showing off his muscles. Scott, pictured now, said the new routine has had a positive impact on his mental health and overall stress
Despite the drastic new changes to Scott’s diet, he found himself adapting to the new cuisine well.
He added: ‘I adjusted to the new lifestyle pretty well, I was very driven and focused on what I wanted to achieve.
‘It is also got me enjoying batch cooking with fresh ingredients which I find very therapeutic.’
His new fitness routine has also had drastic improvements to his mental health, with his family and friends all being a huge support.
He explained, ‘Everyone was brilliant and encouraging during the journey, and a lot of my family even started their own fitness plans alongside my own.
Scott, pictured now, credited working out for helping him get through lockdown, and said he never went into the ‘doom and gloom’ mindset during the pandemic
Scott, pictured now, feels much more confident and said he finds it humbling to help other do what he did
‘Your energy levels are far healthier, and I am rarely ever stressed any more.
‘Through lockdown, it kept me focused and I never fell into the doom and gloom mindset, I just applied the mindset of focusing on things you can control and not things you cannot.’
Scott started a coaching business in early 2020 with his personal trainer girlfriend, Sarah Courtney, 43.
He said, ‘We started our business EFT fitness and help people to do what I did.
‘We help others achieve their fitness goals in the methods that I did which is incredibly rewarding and humbling.’
Scott shares his fitness journey on his Instagram page @scott.ross73.
Scott’s diet before
Breakfast: x2 pieces of hot buttered toast
Lunch: bacon sandwich
Dinner: ready meal lasagne
Snacks: multiple bags of crisps, sandwiches and packs of biscuits
Scott’s diet now
Breakfast: Herbalife Shake
Mid morning snack: Greek yoghurt & berries
Lunch: homemade grilled chicken kebab
Afternoon snack: Herbalife protein bar or shake
Dinner: Grilled/baked fish, sweet potato fries
Snacks: Herbalife protein bars, Greek yoghurt & berries