Time-lapse: Irish guy shows complete body transformation in just 12 months with daily selfies
Taking daily selfies inspired this Kildare man to completely transform his body in just one year, after becoming "fed up" with his 23st (146kg) weight.
Naas man Cormac Nugent (27) has lost more than 5st (31kg) since February 2016 and said that taking selfies of his body regularly from the beginning of his transformation helped to keep him on track.
The bank worker said a number of health implications and a risk of developing type 2 diabetes motivated him to tackle his weight once and for all.
"Most people don’t enjoy being overweight and I was really unhappy," said Cormac, speaking to Independent.ie.
"I was a 26-year-old guy and I weighed 23st (146kg) . I knew I’d feel better if I lost weight. I had a few health issues and you really shouldn’t be worrying about your health in the way I was when you’re in your twenties.
"My dad was really worried that I would develop diabetes. I was getting really fed up and just sick of it."
The customer service worker joined his local FlyeFit gym in Ranelagh last year, where he began weight-training and said Instagram was a great way to document his progress.
"Taking regular pictures of myself along the way was a good motivation.
"Instagram has definitely been a resource that I’ve turned to this year. It’s a great place to post your own progress, and I’ve developed quite a good support network on that. There’s so many inspiring health and fitness accounts to follow and they can be a great source of motivation and, of course, advice."
The 27-year-old said nailing his diet was the key to reclaiming his health and he has made a commitment to preparing as much of his own healthy meals as possible.
"When I started working in the bank my weight just kept piling on. It’s hard in Dublin when you’re surrounded by such lovely restaurants and you end up not making the best choices at lunch time – whatever is quick and easy.
"My portions were also way too much of the wrong things.
"Now I just make a huge effort to prepare everything from scratch and just bring my lunch into work. It’s made a giant difference."
Cormac is now training to become a personal trainer and advised those who may be in the same position as he was in last year to realise that there is never going to be the perfect time to start losing weight.
"Put it this way, if you really want to do it you will do it now. There’s no point in saying 'I’ll do this after the wedding or I’ll begin the morning after that 21st'. Make yourself some small goals because the long-term one can feel like you’ll never reach it. It’s easy to lose sight of what you’re trying to do."
The bank worker’s ultimate goal is to lost 8st (50kg) and to achieve the physique he has always dreamed of.
"I guess when I made that decision to tackle my weight I was motivated by what I saw as the end goal. That ripped physique, a six pack. I set my goal as 93kg, [to lose] 8st in total, which I hope to achieve by May.
"It’s great to look back at those photos and to see how far I’ve really come since taking those first ones."