A skinny guy who was bullied for his size has transformed his physique in just over a year and now he looks completely different.
Adam Badat used to face cruel comments from bullies about his lanky body shape – standing at 6ft 2ins but weighing just 9st. And of course that he suffered a lot because of these comments.
The 27-year-old was mocked with jibes like “you need to eat more” and “there’s more meat on a sparrow’s knee cap”.
Hell-bent on making a change, Adam spent eight years trying to shake off his slender frame in a bid to fulfil his dream of becoming a fitness magazine cover star.
It wasn’t until he started following a new meal plant 18 months ago that Adam started seeing the transformation he always dreamed of.
He said: “When I first got to my first gym session I remember it as clear as day, I just jumped on a treadmill for 45 minutes and that was it. People used to laugh at me in the gym saying what’s he doing here, he can’t lift that.
“I was a very self-conscious person – I didn’t like eating in front of people and so if nobody else at the table was eating, then I wouldn’t either.
“Obviously it affected my self-confidence and hindered my development – I was quite a shy person.
“I didn’t even dare go near the weights area – my anxiety was that bad.”
From the age of 14, Adam suffered from anxiety and felt insecure eating in front of people, meaning he often went hungry. He joined the gym when he was just 16, to show defiance against those laughing at his body shape.
But now Adam has had the last laugh after being crowned a bodybuilding champion three times over.
The fitness fan has overcome his eating demons and chows down on chicken and broccoli over eight times a day to keep his multi-award winning physique.
But even when he clinched his first trophy he thought it was a fluke.
Adam beat stiff competition to win the top spot in the IBFA Mr Lincolnshire First Times bodybuilding category in 2016, then collected his second and third first places at the GBO Mansfield (Male Model) and GBO Leicester (Men’s Physique) in the space of just six months.
The ripped star hopes to compete in the world bodybuilding champions in Italy next year.
Reflecting on his wins, he said: “I just thought it was a fluke, but after claiming a second one it was enough to settle my demons.
“I just kept on with the gym during my teen years, using the negativity to fuel the positive change.
“I’m not on the cover of men’s fitness magazine just yet – but I am still trying.”
Along with his girlfriend Kimberley Grant, 30, the pair have set up their own personal training business AK Athletics to help other people overhaul their lifestyles.