BY TOBY PORTER
A man who thought it was his lot in life to be overweight lost 17 stone in 17 months after his weight ballooned to a whopping 32 stone.
Giorgio Annecchini, a political assistant from Bermondsey had accepted being overweight until it took a team of six paramedics to get him into an ambulance.
The parliamentary assistant, who once worked for Conservative MP Chris Chope, is now 15st 4lbs, a near-17 stone transformation in which by August of this year he had lost over half of his body weight in 17 months.
Giorgio had got up in the middle of the night and the next thing he knew he woke up on the bathroom floor. He said: “I broke my ankle and tibia. I tried to stand and that made it worse so I called 999.
“We have a steep staircase but there was no other way down. I had to sit in a trolley chair.
“It took 40 minutes to get me in the ambulance.
“They tried to keep me calm, but I didn’t know what was going on. I was groggy, but they needed to get me to hospital.
“I was awake but in agony. Every time I knocked it on the way down, there was a stabbing pain. And when we got to the emergency ward, the doctors were talking about the risk of anaesthetic for someone my size, that it may take longer to recover.
“Once I had time to reflect and recover, I realised something needed to be done, as soon as possible, when I got the all-clear.
It was like I had been carrying another person around on my back. “It’s still a mystery how I broke my ankle, but looking back it was probably the break I needed.
“It was the most embarrassing situation ever. It made me just want to die inside and it was then that I decided I had to change.
The doctors explained the dangers and possible problems with my size with the operation and the recovery. “It was a no-brainer really.”
In March 2016, having had every test in the book and finally getting the all clear from the physio, Giorgio started his fitness journey in an effort to curb his dangerous ways. He said: “I heard about LDN Muscle when I was halfway through my weight loss journey. I’d reached a plateau, but wanted to carry on getting stronger without messing up my nutrition.
“I kept seeing their Facebook Live videos, and after a little bit of research I decided it was the best plan for me compared to anything else.”
“At first it was my friends and family that helped motivate me when I told them I was trying to lose weight.
“I was embarrassed to go to the gym on my own, so one of them would come along with me.”
Giorgio hit another bump in the road, turning to an online muscle cutting guide that gave him the boost he needed. He added: “My friends never put me under any pressure. About halfway through some of them thought I might be getting a bit obsessive about it.
“But when they realised how seriously I was taking it, they came round and they were really supportive throughout.”
He has stopped eating chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks,but still indulges occasionally. He added: “I find it much easier to go out – I have been go-karting at Tower Karting in Bermondsey and doing crossfit in the gym.
“I would not have been able to do it before.
“I have been stopped a couple of times on the way to work by people noticing how much weight I have lost, which has been rewarding.”