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Fat-fighter: Clayhall boxer sheds pounds to raise pounds for homelessness charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 28 March 2018

Boxing trainer Gabar Singh's 24 week transformation. Photo: Gabar Singh

Boxing trainer Gabar Singh's 24 week transformation. Photo: Gabar Singh

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A Clayhall boxer piled on the pounds only to shed them all again in a bid to raise a pretty penny for a homelessness charity.

Boxing trainer Gabar Singh, 34, has raised nearly £700 for charity Crisis by gaining and then shedding 10kg over the course of 24 weeks.

Completing the challenge on Sunday (March 25), the Clayhall Avenue resident also wanted to help tackle high levels of obesity by inspiring others to get into shape.

“If you are still looking for that one person to change your life, take a look in the mirror,” said the Clayhall Avenue resident, sharing his motto.

He told the Recorder how, between October 8 and December 31, he stopped doing any cardio and lived on steady diet of takeaways and McDonalds meals.

“I enjoyed it for the first seven days,” he confessed.

“But after that I started to feel really sick.

“And not being able to fit into my clothes had a knock-on effect on my confidence and my self-esteem.

Continuing his work as a personal trainer became increasingly difficult as Gabar would become tired very quickly, he explained.

“My family told me ‘you are crazy!’

“They said ‘you’re not a young man any more, what if you don’t lose your belly? You’ll be out of a job’”

But, rather than be discouraged, Gabar deepened his resolve.

As he chronicled his journey on Instagram, an outpour of support from his followers also helped motivate him to return to his starting weight of 85kg.

To slim down, Gabar worked out 11 times a week, waking up at 3.30am for a 45 minute session of skipping, boxing and incline walking.

He also began eating five small, regular meals a day consisting of complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice or brown pasta, and proteins.

Asked if he might ever repeat the challenge, he said: “No, no way. This was the hardest one I’ve done yet.”

But Gabar, who takes on a challenge for a different charity every year, is already eyeing up his next goal.

He hopes to raise around £8,000 to build a well in India.

Donate to his Crisis appeal here.


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