Personal trainer purposefully piled on FOUR stone during lockdown

Personal trainer deliberately piles on 4st during lockdown by scoffing vegan junk food and quitting exercise so he can ‘understand how bigger clients feel’

  • Andrew Roberts, 23, from Manchester, stopped exercising and started gorging
  • Went from exercising and eating 2,000 calories to consuming more than 5,000 
  • At his heaviest he weighed 15 stone and plans to loose it all again in six months 

A personal trainer has purposefully piled on 4st in weight by scoffing junk food during lockdown so he could understand how bigger people feel about themselves. 

Andrew Roberts, 23, from Manchester, stopped exercising and started gorging on unhealthy food for six months. 

He went from exercising five times a week and consuming 2,000 calories of healthy vegan food daily to eating more than 5,000 calories of plant-based junk food, including nuggets, sausage rolls, pizzas and burgers, and snacks such as ice cream. 

The fitness fanatic managed to consume 1,000 calories for breakfast alone by gorging on maple crunch cereal.  

A personal trainer has purposefully piled on FOUR stone in weight by scoffing junk food during lockdown so he could understand how bigger people feel about themselves

Andrew Roberts, 23, from Manchester, went from exercising five times a week and consuming 2,000 calories of healthy vegan food daily to eating more than 5,000 calories

At his heaviest, Andrew tipped the scales at 15st 2lbs, about 4st above his starting weight.

His body fat went from 10 per cent to 27.4 per cent, making him obese.

Now, Andrew plans to shed the pounds again over the next six months, and is two weeks into the journey. 

He will chart his progress on social media to show followers how exercise and a healthy vegan diet can transform a body.

He stopped exercising and started gorging on unhealthy food for six months, and at his heaviest he weighed 15stone two pounds, about four stone above his starting weight

What Andrew ate to gain weight – and the diet he will follow to lose it again

GAINING WEIGHT – 4,660 calories

Maple crunch cereal

Sausage roll

Two bagels with avocado and crisps

Peanut butter and banana

Two pies and chips 

1,000 calories

340 calories

1240 calories

330 calories

1750 calories 

LOSING WEIGHT – 1800 calories

 Oats, peanut butter and maple syrup

Chickpea curry jacket potato

Pitta Pizzas 

475 calories

575 calories

750 calories 

Taking to his Instagram, Andrew has shared pictures of the type of food he was consuming every week.

Calling it ‘dirty vegan food’, his weekly food shop consisted of plant based chicken nuggets, sausage rolls, pizzas and burgers.

For snacks, he stocked up on crisps, ice cream and houmous, and bought three boxes of cereal for his breakfast. 

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On his first day of trying to gain weight, Andrew scoffed 4,826 calories, starting with nut and maple crisp cereal.

He then had an avocado bagel for lunch and finished off the day with a jackfruit pizza and some ice cream.

Snacks for the day included a banana, peanut butter and crisps, as well as some Pepsi.  

Taking to his Instagram, Andrew has shared pictures of the type of food he was consuming every week, including vegan burgers and sausage rolls 


Andrew plans to shed the pounds again over the next six months, and is two weeks into the journey, after his body fat went from 10 per cent to 27.4 per cent, making him obese

He said: ‘When I started this journey I never expected to gain this much weight and I can’t lie it is shocking seeing how different I looked six months ago.

‘It has already been a rollercoaster of a journey that has tested me both physically and mentally, but it’s one I’m happy I am doing and I have already learnt so much.

‘There is no doubt in my mind that these next six months are going to be as hard as the last six, if not harder, but I’m ready to give it my all!

He added: ‘The weight gain phase is officially over! A huge amount of weight and inches gained. Now it’s time to lose it all.’

The personal trainer said that his mood and libido plummeted while living off vegan versions of junk food such as pizza, nuggets and chips 

For snacks, he stocked up on crisps, ice cream and houmous, and bought three boxes of cereal for his breakfast

By his eighth week of eating unhealthily, the personal trainer had already gained two stone. 

Andrew is spending this month transitioning back to a healthy diet, and will then start back at the gym.

He said that the weight gain affected his libido, gave him stretch marks on his thighs, made him snore, hurt his back, and affected his mood and motivation.

It also caused a serious health scare as he rushed to A&E for emergency scans due pains in his heart, arm and leg, which thankfully weren’t serious. 

Andrew, who lives with his girlfriend Jess Carolan, 25, decided to gain the weight so he could understand how larger people feel about themselves.

Andrew is spending this month transitioning back to a healthy diet, and will then start back at the gym

He said the weight gain mission was much to the delight of his girlfriend, adding: ‘She is pretty healthy as well, so she didn’t like the thought of me putting my body through all that, but she has been so supportive.

‘I started snoring and became a bit uncomfortable to sleep in certain positions so I was waking up a lot more and waking her up, so we started sleeping in separate beds.

‘I wasn’t a very fun person to be around when I was eating all that food because I was so exhausted all the time and had no motivation or anything like that.

He said that the weight gain affected his libido, gave him stretch marks on his thighs, made him snore, hurt his back, and affected his mood and motivation

Andrew, who lives with his girlfriend Jess Carolan, 25, decided to gain the weight so he could understand how larger people feel about themselves

‘So she’s probably had to put up with worse than me for the last six months.’

He added: ‘I have gained quite bad stretch marks around my thighs and inner thighs, lower back pain and one thing I wasn’t expecting it to effect was libido.

‘Mentally I was exhausted all the time, the motivation was non-existent and my mindset shifted and became quite negative towards things in general.’ 

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