Carl Newham let his health deteriorate so badly that he contracted glandular fever. Here’s how he used fitness to fight back
Carl Newham Health and Body Transformation
• Age: 60
• Height: 6ft 2in • Weight: 216lb
• Age: 63
• Height: 6ft 2in • Weight: 147lb
Q. Tell us a little bit about your health?
A. I was 216lb and clearly overweight, but I couldn’t really see it. I genuinely didn’t feel fit and well, though.
Eventually, I was struck down with glandular fever and had a compromised immune system for years as a result. it was like I had a permanent flu.
Tiredness and lethargy, with afternoon energy crashes, was a regular feature of every day. My diet surely didn’t help – I was reliant on bread, processed meats, chocolate or other sugary snack bars.
Q. What challenges did you face initially getting into fitness?
A. When I started I was close to being physically ill during my early HIIT sessions – my muscles would shake, I’d be short of breath and weak when lifting weights.
This soon passed and I started to feel accomplished – I began to relish the physical challenge.
Mentally, I missed chocolate but my taste buds soon changed and adjusted to healthier and leaner foods. I also felt time poor in the early stages as my training and food prep took up a lot of my week – i now look at it as my hobby and even developed a new-found passion for cooking.
Q. Where did your motivation come from?
A. once I’d made that decision to change, I can honestly say motivation was never an issue. I was shaking off my illness and my immune system was getting stronger.
I’m lucky to train at a great local gym, too. The positive staff, along with the members motivate me to the point that I look forward to training.
Q. Were elements of training used to improve your condition?
A. my workouts needed to be effective and have purpose. I like structure in my life so that’s what I put into my training and diet. Everything went up a gear when I met Sam Yassin and started his Back2Fitness program.
I talk to Sam on a regular basis and he supports me constantly. I truly feel he’s why my training and nutrition has moved up a level.
Q. What was the most important thing you learned?
A. I learned that my diet works best as a balanced mix of macronutrients – protein, carbs and good fats.
The variety keeps things interesting and I regularly get to tuck into rump steak, high-protein pasta, and unlimited green vegetables. Vegetables are invaluable for keeping me full throughout my day.
Q. What are your goals for the future?
A. I’m going on a snowboarding holiday soon and want to be in the best possible condition. Sam is creating me a second plan, tweaked to strengthen my legs for my trip.
I had a recent holiday to Ibiza where I felt more confident than ever, but that’s only a small part of my achievement.
I feel 200 percent the person I was before. I have energy every day and that confidence with positivity has spread to every part of my life, which makes me very proud!
Days for glandular fever to develop from initial infection through saliva. This can be through sharing cups, coughing or kissing
1 in 4
Will catch glandular fever in their lives and forever carry the Epstein-Barr virus
The percentage of people that catch glandular fever in their teens