A Belfast dad has gained huge support online by sharing pictures of his weight loss on Twitter using the hashtag #bringingsexyback.
Lee Forsythe, manager at Ballymacash Rangers football club in Lisburn, has shed more than 8st since November dropping from 25st to close to 17st.
A recent picture he posted online got an incredible 15.6k likes - and he says the virtual support has given him a boost.
"I think the first thing to say is I'm no dieting expert," says Lee, who lives in east Belfast with wife Trisha and seven-year-old daughter Anna.
"But I've tried every diet going over the years and finally what I'm doing seems to be working. I've a long way to go but the support I'm getting online has been brilliant. You'd think I was walking about with a six pack."
Lee (37) says he's spent years trying out different diets, but it was when he saw an 'error' symbol on his parents' scales back in the autumn that he knew things had to change.
"I think I sat at around 22st or 23st for years," admits Lee, a personal adviser with social services. "I'd be one of those saying every Monday, I'm back on the diet. Then last year with the lockdown, the physical activity was practically down to zero and my weight went up from there."
Recalling some of the problems he faced as his weight peaked last year, Lee reveals seeing video of himself at a Ballymacash training session spurred him on.
"I basically saw how uncomfortable I looked on there and I thought, 'Flip, this has gone too far'," says Lee. "It had got to ridiculous levels. My skin was breaking out, I was put on tablets for high blood pressure and I was even getting out of breath running up the stairs."
But with encouragement from his family, Lee finally took the bull by the horns back in November.
"For ages my mum Peggy was telling me it was time to take it seriously," explains Lee. "I suppose I'm getting that wee bit older and then one day she said to me, get up to the scales in our bedroom.
"So up I went, and I couldn't believe it when it just said 'error'. The scales wouldn't even weigh me. The maximum weight was 24st, so I was obviously well above that and I just thought, this is really shocking. I promised my mum, 'Right, this is me, I promise I'll do it this time'."
And despite his birthday being just a couple of weeks away and Christmas coming up, Lee got his head down and stuck to his plan.
"I haven't gone off the rails at all," he says. "I'm not following any specific plan that's out there, it's a combination of stuff I've figured out over the years from all the things I've tried.
"I've literally done every diet under the sun from Slimming World and Keto to Atkins, everything. I've been at gyms, I've had memberships for everything, but none of them worked and I always ended up giving up. This time I've done it on my own and I'm sticking to it."
As well as using intermittent fasting, Lee is limiting his carb intake and cutting his calories to around 1,800 a day.
"Before all this, I ate pretty badly," he says. "I ate anything and everything, takeaways, microwave food, whatever. I'd be out working in the day and then I wouldn't be home from all the football stuff until 10pm so I'd grab a Chinese or a chippy on the way home.
"I was always on the go so I'd have crisps in the car or a wee bar of chocolate. I've never been as organised with food in my life as I have been the last few months.
"I plan my meals, I don't snack now and I've cut the rubbish. I'm not having pasta or spuds, but I haven't cut out any food groups, and I'm still having a couple of slices of wholemeal bread every day and wee yoghurts with fruit for dessert.
"The problem with some of the other plans I've been on was that I'd be bored by Wednesday and that would be me. Now I've figured out what stuff I enjoy, like plenty of eggs and steaks, and I'm not tempted to just give up. It took me a while to cut to smaller portions and stuff like that, but doing it gradually has worked so far. Already I've come off one of my blood pressure tablets, and I'm going to speak to my doctor about coming off the other one."
As well as adjusting his diet, Lee has upped his physical activity and is now walking 10km five times a week.
"Starting out I knew exercise had to be a part of it," says Lee.
"At the beginning I was doing 2km but I'd have to sit down. That gradually increased to 3km and then 5km, and even though I'd be wrecked I kept on going.
"Now I'm doing 10km five days a week. The first time I did it, it took two hours and 25 minutes, and now I'm finished in an hour-and-a-half so I'm really starting to get it down. I'm even running the first 2km now. That might not be great for someone really fit, but for me, it's progress."
And after starting out by exercising in the dark, Lee says it's taken a while, boosted by the support online, for his confidence to grow.
"It sounds daft but at the start I was literally going out for a walk at night because it was a bit embarrassing," he says. "I'd go out at 8pm or 9pm - I've even been out at midnight. You're just aware of your size when you're big and there's sweat lashing off you while people are jogging past in their lycra.
"But it's getting better, and people are really supportive. It's not easy losing weight as a guy. I remember going to some of the groups and all the women would be there together. I'd literally get weighed and be out the door as fast as I could.
"I'm obviously not a dieting expert and I've a while to go for this six-pack, so I wouldn't be one for dishing out advice to anyone else, but it's good to know I'm going in the right direction. If I can do it anyone can.
"I'll carry on for now, and when it starts to plateau I'll turn my attention to eating less strictly again, without piling the weight back on.
"I don't think I was overly emotional about my size, but it's fair to say in footballing circles it's an easy comeback to call someone fat if there's ever wee fall-outs on the forums. I don't think it's bothered me too much - but I suppose I must be getting my motivation from somewhere."