A LIFE-CHANGING decision to turn his life around and lose the weight that crept on after leaving high school and partying a little too hard has led a Bundaberg man to shed an incredible 54kg in six months.
Trent Wilson, 22, said his drinking an unhealthy diet of junk food saw him balloon to 142kg before he decided enough was enough and he hit the gym and started to think about what he was eating.
"I'd never played sport and I never really thought about my weight," he said.
"I was drinking, smoking and eating greasy takeaway food all the time."
Mr Wilson said he put his name down to join a new gym earlier this year and, after signing up with a mate, he hadn't looked back.
"I was pretty unhappy and down, but I didn't really realise how big I actually was," he said.
"Now when I look back at the photos it's amazing to see the change."
Mr Wilson said with a staple dinner meal of chicken, broccoli and beans, carbohydrates were banished form most meals.
"I have a friend who is a bodybuilder and he gave me a few tips about how to eat right," he said.
"I still treat myself to Subway once a week, but I stay away from bad meals.
"And I train every morning at the gym now."
Mr Wilson said with a bit of help from a personal trainer during the early stages of his weight-loss journey and the commitment to push himself, the weight started to fall off.
"Once you start seeing the changes it's really motivating and it makes you want to keep going," he said.
Mr Wilson said he hoped his story could encourage other young people to think about their health from an early age, and also inspire others to start their own weight-loss pursuit.
"I never thought I would be able to do this at first, but if I can others can as well," he said.
Mr Wilson said the reaction from others, especially his friends and family, had been wonderful and many wanted to share his secrets.
"A lot of people are really surprised when they see me now," he said.
"A few of my friends have even asked me to help them and train with them at the gym."