A man has to drink three liters of half fat milk each day fully. And doomed to die alone, now has found love after losing 21 stone.
Phil Kayes, a self-professed milk addict who weighed more than 37 stone and wore size 8XL clothes at his heaviest, decided to change his ways after medics repeatedly warned him he’d be dead by 40.
The 46-year-old, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, began his weight-loss journey three years later in 2017, and within two-and-a-half years had dropped eight clothes sizes and weighed just 15st 11lb.
Phil, a civil servant, even had the confidence to start dating after his massive weight loss, and has since met the love of his life – 49-year-old Nicole Mulholland.
He says he can ‘barely remember a time’ that he wasn’t overweight, although it wasn’t until he went to university that he ‘put on a lot of weight really quickly’.
As a student and in the years since, he would drink at least two litres of milk every day (three and a half pints), stating: ‘I had enjoyed drinking milk since a young age, so when I got home from work milk would be the first thing I would reach for.’
That wasn’t the only thing he would reach for though; he would also binge on junk food and would eat seven takeaways a week. ‘When I went to university, I had no idea how to cook and I used all of my student grant in the student union bar and on takeaways,’ he explained.
Phil said he ‘didn’t take any notice’ of how much weight he was putting on because he ‘didn’t even have a set of scales’.
However, he started having panic attacks at the thought of socialising because he ‘knew [he] was so big and was conscious that anywhere [he] went [he] was the biggest person in the room’. He also couldn’t stand up for more than an hour because he’d blown the cartilage in his knee ‘from being so heavy’.