When it comes to losing weight, we can always do with a bit of encouragement. Whether it's from within, the internet and its countless fitspiration pages, a trainer or nutritionist barking orders at you and slapping muffins or donuts out of your hand, or even your family and friends supporting you along the way.
One chef found this to ring true when he lost an incredible 21 stone (294 pounds) in just one year, with a bit of tough love from his boy Neil. Head chef Jamie Brooks lost over half his body weight in the space of just 12 months after his friend texted him, calling him a 'fat f*ck' every day for six weeks.
Jamie first began to put on weight when he got a part-time job in a kitchen at the tender age of 14, where he quickly picked up on a series of bad eating habits. Now 31, Jamie started picking on food throughout the day, as well as indulging in takeaways and drinking sugary energy drinks. This led to the picture on the left.
At his heaviest, Jamie weighed a whopping 36 stone, but with the help of his brutal pal Neil Williamson, a bit of romance and a healthy diet, he managed to drop to a healthy 14 stone. Jamie's impressive feat began when Neil saw an advert for Ideal Weight Diet at his local doctors' surgery.
Neil decided that a bit of tough love was needed for his buddy, so he began sending messages calling Jamie a 'fat f*ck', and telling him he'd be dead before he reached 40. It might not be the right method for everyone, however Jamie credits his pal for "saving his life". "It took the full six weeks to motivate me to do something but I'm so glad I did. Neil has saved my life, I can't thank him enough," he said.
Since losing the weight, Jamie has also found love with his neighbour Melanie Mulley and confessed that he's never been happier. "I never made plans for the future as I always thought I would be dead at a young age, but now I'm healthy and have amazing girlfriend - I'm a new man."
What incredible inspiration. While spending hundreds or even tens of hundreds of pounds on fancy gym memberships, trainers and nutritionists, the latest health food trends or even extreme precautions like liposuction, nothing beats good old grit, strong will and some pals you can take on your body transformation journey.
Neil's story is also a testament to the theory that diet goes far greater than exercise when one is trying to lose weight. The specificities of this theory are a little different for individual people but if you focus on eating roughly 80 percent the right foods throughout a day or week and do a little exercise you will see massive changes not only to your fitness but your overall health as well. Take a leaf out of Jillian Michaels' book.