Viewers of a TV programme about West Midlands paramedics will probably be seeing quite a bit much less of one in every of the stars after he shed greater than five stone.
Rob Moore seems in More four’s 999: On the Frontline and is predicated at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Erdington hub.
Despite being in a career which is all about selling good well being, the 33-year-old admits he was “overweight and very unhealthy”.
The nurse who carried out his well being checks when he joined the service was so shocked by his hypertension she instructed him to “go to his GP straight away”.
This time final 12 months he weighed 18st 7lbs and was an XL t-shirt/shirt and had a 40ins waist.
Now he is 13 stone and wears a medium high and has a 32ins waist and has had to have two new uniforms, he is shrinking a lot.
Rob, who’s 6ft all, mentioned his weight by no means bothered him earlier than as his top and construct meant he “carried it well”.
He mentioned the nature of his job – working shifts – meant consuming repeatedly and sensibly was tough. And it did not assist that he did not do a lot train.
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“People think ours is a physically demanding job and that we’re dashing here, there and everywhere,” he mentioned.
“But we’re not. We get in an ambulance and sit down, we drive to a job and then sit down, and then get again in the ambulance and sit down once more.
“Our consuming can be throughout the place and at odd occasions, like consuming at 3am in the morning as a result of it is the solely probability you get.
“There’s a lot of snacking and what folks provide you with – the ambulance service thrives on meals!
“Trying to eat respectable meals is a problem.”
He mentioned his weight was partly due to shift work, but additionally due to his weak spot for “massive pizzas and a candy tooth – I may eat an entire bag of sweets.”
Rob, who’s a medical group mentor, mentioned it was ironic he’d been so unhealthy, on condition that he spent his working days coping with unhealthy folks.
“In this job you see the penalties of being unhealthy, all the well being circumstances that brings,” he mentioned.
His weight reduction journey was a “happy accident” and started final summer season thanks to pop-up adverts on Facebook.
“All these adverts for Huel meal replacements kept popping up on my feed, so decided to give them a go,” he mentioned.
“I found them very filling and the weight started to drop off . I also started to eat more healthily, move off and that was it, really.”
Huel works by changing one or two meals with a shake, and then earing a standard meal.
“Eating normally in my job, with the shifts etc, is a nightmare, so this suited me,” he mentioned.
“I don’t deny myself treats either, but Huel isn’t a miracle cure and I found it worked for me – your lifestyle dictates what works for you.”
Another plus facet of shedding five stone was an enchancment in his blood strain.
“When i joined the service six years ago and had my medical assessment, the nurse was so horrified when she saw my blood pressure reading she said, you have to go and see your GP,” he mentioned.
“I didn’t, of course, because I’m male!”
“But last week, in the back of the ambulance, I checked it again and was thrilled to see it’s now down to a normal level.”
As effectively as consuming healthily, Rob additionally incorporates train into his life by doing a lot of strolling. It additionally helps him in his working day by being fitter and in a position to transfer sufferers extra simply.
What he ate earlier than:
Breakfast: Four Weetabix with milk.
Mid-morning snack of two cereal bars.
Lunch: Crisps, sandwiches on 4 slices of bread.
Afternoon snack of two cereal bars and handful of sweets.
Evening meal: Pizza.
Alcohol: Two beers a day
What he eats now:
Breakfast and lunch: Huel shakes.
Evening meal: Something wholesome like hen and greens.
Snacks: None – I am very disciplined!
Alcohol: two beers per week