By Jasmine Kazlauska
A 25st fast food addict who was cruelly rejected by girls throughout his teen years for being obese has undergone an epic fat-to-fit transformation – and has the same women now asking him out on dates!
Anthony Bayer’s self-confidence plummeted to an all-time low after he reached his heaviest weight of 24st 10lbs [157kg] – while he was bursting out of his size 42 pants and 3XL shirts.
The 26-year-old from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, had always struggled with his weight – and was the butt of cruel jokes throughout his time at high school.
He was even once tricked into going to his school formal with a girl – only to have her reject him at the last second in a cruel prank, after he arrived at her doorstep in a rented limo wearing a brand-new suit.
Five years ago, his fear that his size would stop him from finding love coupled with a warning from his doctor meant he decided to turn his life around and hit the gym.
And now Anthony looks completely unrecognisable after dropping 9st 6lbs [60kg] and five clothing sizes – with the inspirational fitness fanatic feeling more confident than ever flaunting his new 15st 3lbs [97kg] muscular physique.
The inspirational super slimmer said he now has no problems meeting women – revealing that the same girl who pulled the cruel prank on him in high school even sent him a message years later apologising for being a bully and wanting to go on a date.
Business owner Anthony said: “High school was really hard for me being that size. Kids are always cruel to anyone who looks different, so I had it rough.
“I really liked this girl at my school. She was very popular, and all the guys thought she was the hottest girl in our grade.
“I thought she was really pretty, and I must have been crazy, but I decided I’d ask her to the school dance.
“It was my final year of school, and I just thought ‘why not?’. I was anticipating for her to reject me straight away and just laugh in my face.
“But amazingly, she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited for the dance that I bought a new suit, got a haircut and hired a limo.
“I wanted to impress her. I nervously drove to her house, walked up and rang the bell. She opened it and just said ‘sorry, you’re too fat to fit through the door’ and slammed the door in my face.
“I was heartbroken. I went back to the limo and cried my eyes out. But then I gathered myself, and thought well, you have a suit on so you might as well go to the dance.
“But I had a terrible time, and everyone laughed and bullied me when they found out what happened. It was horrible.
“I sank into a major depression after that, which lasted years after high school ended. I never thought anyone could love me and that I’d be alone forever.”
Anthony said his rocky start in life that saw him get put into foster care at age 13 was the underlying cause of his overeating and weight gain.
Addicted to fast food, he would consume two footlong meatball subs with a large bottle of coke for breakfast, while lunch would consist of a burger meal from KFC and a packet of Magnum ice creams
Then for dinner, Anthony would gorge on two large pizzas and another two-litre bottle of coke – meaning he was consuming around 10,000 calories per day.
His poor diet took a toll on his health, and in 2014 Anthony’s doctor warned he was on the verge of developing type two diabetes.
With his health on the line – along with the fear that he might never find love due to being obese – Anthony decided to make a change that would transform his life.
He said: “I didn’t know how to eat properly and didn’t care. I was addicted to fast food.
“I never thought about my health until my doctor said I was about to get diabetes. I broke down in tears and realised I needed to change my life.
“I stopped eating fast food and began cooking for myself. I also stepped foot into a gym for the first time back in 2014 and haven’t looked back.”
Anthony has since opened his own personal training business called ‘Transform Your Future’ in order to help those who are in the same position that he was five years ago.
He now feels positive about his future and said he is more popular than ever with the ladies – adding that he has no problems going on dates and meeting women.
And since losing weight, Anthony revealed that he has been contacted by people who rejected him in high school for being fat – including the girl who pulled the cruel prank before the school dance.
He said: “When I was fat, I hated myself and never thought anyone could love me. All I wanted was to have a partner and family, so that really motivated me to lose weight.
“I was always rejected and would get laughed at when I approached girls. But now women are asking me on dates all the time.
“I went from having three matches on Tinder when I was fat, to now having over 1,000 matches with girls. It’s crazy.
“Then about a year ago, that same girl who was so cruel to me before our school formal, somehow got my number through my Instagram page and sent me a text apologising for being a bully and asked if we could go on a date.
“I couldn’t believe it and didn’t even reply. I’ll forgive, but I would never forget.
“I’ve gone through a lot, but my experiences have made me the man I am today. My message to is just never give up, even when everything seems hopeless.
“My goal now is to help others who have been through the same things I have. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
“I feel so much happier about life and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Breakfast: Two footlong meatball subs and a two-litre bottle of coke
Lunch: A large KFC burger box meal and a four-pack of Magnum ice creams
Dinner: Two large pepperoni pizzas from Domino’s
Breakfast: Oats with a scoop of protein power and one banana and two cups of green tea
Lunch: Red meat with green vegetables and brown rice
Dinner: Grilled chicken with mixed vegetables and brown rice
Desert on cheat nights: Halo Top choc mint ice cream