Tuesday 12 December 2017

Chris told to ‘apply the brakes’ as massive weight loss causes problems on Operation Transformation

Operation Transformation's Chris McElligot
Operation Transformation's Chris McElligot
Chris' weight-loss is affecting his prosthetic leg
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Chris McElligot is making incredible progress on Operation Transformation but there is a big downside to his weight loss.

The former football player was delighted with his weight-loss of 10.5lbs after week one.

But his success has brought about some problems.

On Wednesday's Operation Transformation Chris explained: “After last week’s weigh-in I’m ten and a half pounds down. I’m extremely delighted with that but on the flip side of that it also brings its own problems.

Chris' weight-loss is affecting his prosthetic leg
Chris' weight-loss is affecting his prosthetic leg

“The socket inside the leg is a lot wider so there’s a lot more movement in it.

As an amputee, Chris depends on his prosthetic limb for mobility but his weight-loss has also affected the size of his residual limb. As a result his prosthetic leg is not comfortable and he was finding it really uncomfortable to walk.

The father-of-three, however, was determined to maintain his progress.

The Head Coach of the Irish Amputee football team attended Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital to see if his leg could be temporarily adjusted to make it more comfortable. His leg was loose in the socket but Chris continued to exercise.

Elizabeth, Chris’ partner said: “He is a man on a mission this time. Again like where he played football seven days a week, he always was a man on a mission, always kept his weight down and I think he’s back at that stage now.

On tonight’s show, Chris loses a further 5lbs at the weigh-in but Karl Henry calls on the coach to put the brakes on his training this week.

Fitness expert Karl Henry said: “In 14 days, the progress you have made is absolutely staggering. From a weight perspective you’re 15 and a half pounds, from an inch loss perspective you’re 15 and a half inches. They are spectacular numbers for absolutely anybody but particularly for you.

"You’ve got traits that I absolutely admire. You are driven, you’re determined, you’re giving it your all but our role here is to guide you through the show because the things that you learn here will help keep you healthy, keep you safe for the rest of your life.

“This week I’m going to apply the brakes a little bit. I think you’re doing too much. There’s lots of other stuff creeping in. The leg's really sore, you’re looking a little bit tired but yet you go and do it anyway but the issue with that is that leads to one place – to over training or injury and I want to avoid that.

"Over the course of the next week I want you to learn the word ‘no’ but the ability and the power of the word ‘no’ will keep you healthier for longer.”

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