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Coronation Street star Colson Smith said he would drink around five pints of fizzy drinks a day before his epic weight loss.
The 22-year-old actor, who plays policeman Craig Tinker in the popular soap, said he weighed 140kg before he discovered a love for running.
He has documented his battles with weight as part of his new film ‘Bored Of Being The Fat Kid’, which has been released on YouTube this week.
“The first day I met Rob (his life coach) I was 140kg which is about 22 stone,” Colson said.
“I went to him and said ‘I am unhappy and I know I am overweight, I think that is because I have got no routine and I have got loads of days off and I am really unproductive and I want that to change’.”
As part of a new routine, life coach Rob Brennan convinced Colson to quit the fizzy drinks in January 2019.
“I will have been drinking five pints of diet coke every day,” he said, reports the Irish Mirror.
“I didn’t know that wasn’t normal.”
Colson’s life coach also suggested he signed up for meal packages to be sent to his house while he began to visit his local gym.
It was at the gym where he found he enjoyed running, which he said had a massive impact on him both ‘physically and mentally’.
Since joining Coronation Street in 2011 at the age of 11, Colson said he has felt a constant struggle with his weight.
While he has made previous attempts at dieting, Colson said he couldn’t get past the comments on his appearance from people calling him ‘ginger and fat’.
He added: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out I was unhealthy and the position I was in was unhealthy.”
With help from Rob, Colson says he has now been able to get to a point where he feels he can respect himself through healthy life choices.
“I knew I had lost weight and knew I was doing well, I was five stone down and it was really consistent and really healthy,” he said.
“I started to like myself and respect myself and I realised I deserved the respect.
“It is hard, but it is not impossible.”
Since being uploaded on Wednesday (June 2), Colson’s film has received over 33,000 views.
Filmed over the span of more than a year, Colson said the documentary was a way to ‘keep me motivated’.
“In the past 14 months I’ve learnt so much about myself, most of this was learnt while wearing my trainers and pounding the pavement,” Colson said of the film.
“Originally I planned on just watching this film alone in my bedroom one day and almost saying ‘Well Done Colson’ but now I feel I have the chance to maybe help someone else who was in the same position as me.
“The documentary is all about my experiences with running, Food, Fitness & weight loss.
“The reason I decided to made the film is it’s my chance to tell my truth in my way.”
Colson’s film ‘Bored Of Being The Fat Kid’ is available to watch on YouTube now.
This content was originally published here.