Lee Cheng-hung (李承鴻) was so motivated to follow his father into a military career that he lost 30kg in less than two years.
Lee shrank from 126kg to 96kg, enabling him to apply to join the volunteer military services as a career officer, and making him the star loser in a weight-loss class organized by the Hsinchu City Public Health Bureau.
The bureau set a goal of losing 12,600kg in total for the 8,000 people who had signed up for the class and Lee lost the most weight of them all.
Fresh out of college, the 179cm-tall, 22-year-old Lee said he had been overweight since he was young and since he was not picky about food, he could eat four bowls of rice per meal, with sweets, snacks and late-night snacks as well.
“I had tried to lose weight during high school, but I quickly regained what was lost,” Lee said on Wednesday, adding that he had long thought that losing weight would be a “mission impossible.”
However, influenced by his father’s career, Lee set his sights on losing enough weight to make himself eligible to join the military.
He began dieting in 2009, but only lost 5kg during his first attempt. In July last year, he tackled the problem once again, but added running to his regimen. He controlled his calorie intake by refusing to eat dinner and swearing off snacks.
Now Lee can easily complete a 1.6km run, although when he started out, he was breathing heavily only after 200m.
Lee said he gained a lot of confidence after losing 30kg, but that he was not ready to give up the battle of the bulge yet. He has another 11kg to cut to reach his desired weight of 85kg.
Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer