Mike Harrison, 35, from Hull, was fed up with pals friends making light-hearted jokes about his weedy frame but felt too embarrassed to work out a gym.
But after forcing himself to join one and radically change his diet he has bulked up big style and put on five stone in muscle.
Where once he skipped breakfast, he now he eats a large chicken curry and rice in the morning.
He scoffs the same dish come dinnertime.
Microwave pizza snacks have been dumped for meal replacement shakes.
Mike told Hull Daily Mail: "I was skinny and never liked how I looked.
“My mates used to make jokes in school and college, nothing that bad but still, it makes you notice it more”
Back in 2006, Mike first went to the gym. He said: “I was out of work and really just played video games all day and it was my brother-in-law that suggested it, just to get me out the house.”
But he soon sacked it off after admitting “it felt embarrassing lifting empty bars and the lightest weights”.
So he went back in the daytime when it was quiet and spent eight months training five days a week.
He said: “After six weeks I started to notice my body change; abs started to poke through stomach, gaining small noticeable biceps and pecs.
"A couple of months later, I noticed my back started to develop but my legs took a little longer.
“Eight months later and my physique had changed completely.”
After an accident he forced to take a break from the gym and within a couple of weeks, he had lost his gains.
But in 2012, as he approach 30 he vowed not to have a “dad bod”.
He said: “I got back in the gym and really stuck at it this time.”
Mike found his gym, Xercise4Less, really helped by “being a big gym with a lot of equipment for a great price” and ever since he has been busy training five days a week.
From sparrow to stallion
What he ate before
Lunch: 3 Weetabix and milk
Snacks: Mini microwave pizza (at night)
What he ate after
250g chicken breast, curry sauce and 90g white basmati rice
Lunch: 250g chicken breast, curry sauce and 90g white basmati rice
Snacks: Three meal replacement shakes, 60g whey protein, 150g instant oats
Gym workout: 5g Creatine, 10g iBCAA, 10g gluatmine, 100g dextrose
0g 5 per cent beef mince, two jacket potatoes, chopped tomato homemade sauce
In 2016 he competed in his first bodybuilding show (PCA East Coast Hull Show) and again in 2017.
Mike said: “I didn’t win either but where I came from even being up there is an achievement for me being the skinny gaming kid that couldn’t think he could do anything like that.”
Mike has gone from 8.5 stone in February 2006 to 13.5 today and from a 28” waist and a size small in tops to mostly a size large and a 32” waist.
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