Sebastian David, from Burnley, England, is a 28-year-old model now, but you’d never guess that he was once overweight with a huge belly. It all changed for him back in 2013 when his father was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease. His father became his priority, while taking care of himself took a backseat.
During that time, he struggled to cope with his father’s diagnosis. He told the Mail that while caring for his father, he did not cook a single meal for himself. He spent nine months eating restaurant takeaways because it was more convenient for him. When his father passed in March 2014, David decided he needed to change his life. He knew he needed to take better care of himself so that he could help his mom run their fire safety business. He turned his back on KFC chicken, English pastries, and all those high-calorie foods he had enjoyed on a daily basis.
Three weeks after his father passed, he began working out. His diet underwent a complete overhaul. Junk food and laziness were replaced with a strict exercise routine so he could take care of his body. After avoiding junk food, David’s body has undergone a complete transformation. He is unrecognizable now. From eating 5,000 calories of food in a day weighing 202 pounds, he is now a svelte 147 pounds. He went from being called Keith Lard by his friends to having a taut bodybuilder’s physique in just seven months.
His weight loss has not only changed his outward appearance, but it has also changed his career prospects. Since his incredible weight loss, David has been offered modeling jobs. He caught the eye of some agents when he posted photos of his weight loss progress online. David is now a regular gym-goer. He has been called one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors and finished seventh in a nationwide bodybuilding competition.
He told the Mail, “I have to confess, it’s strange being asked to model when I look at photos of myself from two years ago. But I’m not complaining. It’s nice to get a bit of attention now and then. My mum is very proud of me and just happy that I’ve got out of a place that wasn’t great for me. She wouldn’t care if I was fat or thin or whatever, just as long as I’m happy. In a way, getting fat was a good thing, because I wouldn’t be doing the stuff I am now without it. I didn’t set out to compete in bodybuilding or do modeling, I just set out to get my body in shape and feel better, but once I got going I kept reassessing my goals.”
David has a degree in sport science and is currently working toward joining his second bodybuilding event in May.