AN actor who lives in Layton claims he has turned his life around after shedding a staggering three stone in three weeks.
Paul McGoldrick – who readers may recognise from hit TV show Just For Laughs – lived on an appalling diet of four two-litre bottles of Coca Cola a day, tubes of Pringles, a breakfast of eight packets of crisps and four Penguin biscuits, Chinese takeaways, Indian takeaways and half a loaf of bread for lunch.
He admits he was addicted to food which was high in sugar, fat and monosodium glutamate.
Tipping the scales at 22 stone, the 50-year-old was lethargic, sluggish, suffering mood swings and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Now he has turned vegetarian – although this is not compulsory on the diet – and eats plenty of vegetables.
He has swapped the chocolate and crisps for beetroot, peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, celery, fennel, cabbage potatoes and fruit.
He told Eve: “I was very depressed, I wouldn’t say suicidal but I was getting there. I had all these different medical problems and no energy.
“I just used to snack all the time, eating junk food, rubbish. I felt like I had a mind fog and felt so negative.
“Now my life has turned around.
“I’ve lost three stone so far and still losing. I feel great.
“You can eat as much as you want too – I can’t believe the poison I was putting into my body before.
“I went for a 10-mile walk the other day – a few weeks ago I struggled to even walk round my bed.
“It’s taken away my depression and I feel like I have such clarity of mind – it’s just unbelievable.
“The difference is physical, emotional and psychological. I feel the best I’ve felt since I was about 15.”
Paul, who is originally from Glasgow, is starring in a documentary for Sky channel Controversial TV, which can be viewed on YouTube.
He was been following the Wright Diet designed by Lawrence Wright, which is based on the principle of detoxing the body and staying as close to nature with foods as possible.
Lawrence advocates eating fresh fruit and vegetables – organic only to try to eliminate pesticides – and to look for shops selling locally-grown produce.
Coconut oil is used for cooking, for example to stir-fry vegetables.
The diet bans processed foods, junk food and takeaways, which Lawrence says are “full of toxins and chemicals”.
And special supplements are taken, such as sulphur-based compounds and Vitamin C, as well as a healing clay called calcium bentonite – which helps to detox the body.
The diet also starts off with a “colon cleanse”, using magnesium oxide to help remove “impacted waste” from the large intestine.
Lawrence said: “It’s about educating people. It’s perfectly possible to be obese but be malnourished, due to consuming toxins and not the vitamins and minerals the body needs.
“The first step is to detoxify and then it’s about eating non-processed foods, organic foods, as close to nature and taking certain supplements.
“Paul has done really well.”
Classes for The Wright Diet will be running in Blackpool, and are being officially launched tonight with a celebration event at The Savoy Hotel, Blackpool, from 6pm until 8pm.
There will also be mind, body and soul boot camps – the first of which takes place in North Wales in September.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Paul on (01253) 398300.