Former Australian cricketer Greg Ritchie has opened up on his incredible weight loss transformation.
The 60-year-old known as ‘Fat Cat’ has lost 36kg in 14 months after doctors gave him a scary ultimatum about his eating and drinking habits.
‘The cardiologist said I would have a massive heart attack and die,’ Ritche told The Daily Telegraph.
Ritchie used to eat poorly and drink six schooners of beer a day, becoming morbidly obese with no energy, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Greg Ritchie (pictured) has lost 36 kilograms after getting a scary diagnosis from a doctor
The 30-test veteran weighed 133kg at his peak, before the death of a close friend sparked him into action.
‘Imagine that for my wife and my eight-year-old daughter Annie,’ Ritchie said. ‘I wasn’t ready to die.’
Ritchie signed up with a LifeShape weight loss clinic in Brisbane, who found he was consuming 16 meals worth of extra calories in his diet each week.
He began having meal replacement shakes and replaced beer with scotch, leading to losing a remarkable 20kg in four weeks.
Ritchie is now below triple-figures and hyper aware of what he is eating, making small portions of his meals while working on the public-speaking circuit.
He credits the LifeShape clinic with saving his life.
‘You know what, I can’t believe it’s me,’ Ritchie said. ‘I feel so good now.’
Ritchie in action for Australia against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London in June 1985
Source: Daily Mail