Obese man sheds 8st by using THIS fitness app: ‘It really opened my eyes’

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A MAN looks unrecognisable after his dramatic weight-loss transformation.

Before his


journey, Barry Parkes admits he never exercised and ate junk food.

At his heaviest, the assistant headteacher from Idaho, US, tipped the scales at 23st 2lbs.

“I stepped on the scale and it said 325lbs (23st),” the 53-year-old said. “That’s when it really hit me.”

“That’s when it really hit me”

Barry Parkes

Barry wanted to make a change, but had no idea how he could begin his weight loss journey.

After a coworker suggested the Fitbit, Barry began his transformation by creating a daily “calorie budget”.

“I’m a big budgeter. I’ve budgeted my money kind of anally for the last 17 years of my life,” Barry told Men’s Health.

“So I know that if I eat more than I’m burning, it’s not going to work.”

WEIGHT LOSS: Barry Parkes dropped 8st by doing this one thing


BEFORE: The 53-year-old tipped the scales at 23st


Barry began tracking every bite and joined his wife Shauna on her daily walks.

After walking between three to six miles every day, he dropped 8st within a year and a half.

He added: “Before, in my mind, a diet meant I would not eat breakfast and not eat lunch.

“ I didn’t realise that two pizzas were about 4,000 calories.

“The Fitbit app really opened my eyes and helped me realise you gotta eat one slice piece of pizza instead.”

FITBIT: The couple both used the application and lost weight


But Barry’s weight loss wasn’t the only positive effect.

He said: “I don’t snore anymore. I definitely have more energy. My wife says we’re a power couple now.

“We went on a cruise this summer to Alaska and went hiking, I could walk around the boat. Before I could have never done that.

“My back pain is gone too. And my cholesterol dropped 100 points.”

Barry admits the best side effect of his weight loss is that his 30-year relationship is better than ever.

His wife Shauna also dropped 2st using the Fitbit technology.

When asked for his advice for other men looking to get healthy, he said: “The key is you got to commit to it first.

“You got to be at the point where enough is enough. You got to commit to doing it and then you’ve got to stick with it and be consistent.”

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