Tuesday 16 October 2018

Mayo Man Mick is Operation Transformation’s biggest loser after shifting incredible 40lb during programme

Michael Moran is Operation Transformation's biggest loser after shifting an incredible 40lb
Michael Moran is Operation Transformation's biggest loser after shifting an incredible 40lb
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A Mayo man has become the biggest success story of this year’s Operation Transformation after shifting three stone in the seven weeks since the programme began.

Michael Moran (43) from Kiltimagh will be credited for his astonishing transformation on tomorrow’s final episode of the show after losing 40lb to date in his local group.

“It’s brilliant to be mentioned on the show and it was great to hear that I’m, so far, the biggest loser. It’s great to be recognised.

“I found the whole programme very good. We did our own version of the programme down in Kiltimagh and I’ve lost 40lb since January 4th

“I feel a lot better for it,” he said.

The tiling contractor and part-time fireman revealed that tips from a local dietitian in Mayo helped him recognise how damaging his diet was to his health.

Michael Moran is Operation Transformation's biggest loser after shifting an incredible 40lb
Michael Moran is Operation Transformation's biggest loser after shifting an incredible 40lb

“At the beginning a local dietitian Aisling Byrne came in and kind of set out the dos and don’ts of eating well and to be honest with you I was doing a lot of the don’ts.

“I was eating a lot of white bread, sometimes up to eight slices a day and that alone was a terrible habit, no matter everything else I was doing.

“I’ve tackled that and am trying to just eat healthier all around and have more salads and lighter dishes.

“When I started the programme I weighed 19 stone 3lb so to be more than three stone down is fantastic. I think the programme has changed my routines for the better and hopefully for the long run,” he said.

Although Michael has always been active, he revealed that his problems with weight have been associated with his poor diet and weight piled on when he gave up smoking more than a decade ago.

“I gave up smoking about 15 years ago and I piled on about four stone at that point that I just never lost. Although I’ve always been fairly active, my diet was always the killer.

“I always run the local Race for Glory at home, which is a 40km adventure race, but this year I will be doing it a lot lighter. Dr. Eddie has promised to do it with us this year which should be great.

Read more about 'Race to Glory' here

The slim-line dad revealed that Operation Transformation is responsible for more than just weight loss, and has given the local town of Kiltimagh a sense of spirit and revival.

“Last year an article in The Irish Times called Kiltimagh a half-dead rural town, but if they could see how this programme has brought the community together they’d change their minds.

“There’s so many people out walking together in high-vis jackets, supporting one another. Local scouts are setting up water stations along the way and there is such community spirit.

“We’re hoping that the local group breaks off into little groups so we can keep the movement and change going.

“It’s been fantastic. One local woman Nuala Timlon, who is in a wheelchair, was a local leader down here and she’s lost almost a stone which has inspired us all to keep on going with it long after the programme comes to an end.”

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