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Takeaway Worker Quits Job And Drops 11 Stone To Join Royal Navy

Danny wanted to follow in his family members' footsteps and serve in the Armed Forces, but sadly he was too overweight to join...

Danny Hague

A man has lost an impressive 11 stone in just 18 months so he could begin his dream career - in the Royal Navy.

Danny Hague, from Ashford, Kent, was a takeaway worker but quit his job after enrolling on a hardcore 13-week course, where he lost almost half of his body weight - dropping from 26-and-a-half stone to just 15st.

The 25-year-old would gorge on sweets and Chinese takeaway food - but now he's swapped stacking takeaway boxes for stacking up weights and has enrolled in the Royal Navy.

Danny wanted to follow in his family members' footsteps and serve in the Armed Forces, but sadly he was too overweight to join.

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Danny Hague before dropping 11 stone to join the Navy

He can now run 31 miles with a weighted bag.

He said: "It’s been a long but necessary journey, looking back now, I can’t believe that was me.

“I used to do nothing around the house.

"I used to sit, eat, play games and work at a Chinese takeaway in the evenings.

"It was pretty depressing."

He added that his mental and physical well-being were boosted after completing the fitness programme IMPACT - which involves exercise circuits and high-intensity interval training, to help people improve their fitness to join the Armed Forces and police.

"I started the course and was surprised with how well I adapted, it’s very full-on - I’ve learned a whole new lifestyle.

“Physically, walking up the stairs used to tire me out, now I can jog for seven hours - I feel a lot better within myself.”

Danny Hague

Following his success on the course, Danny was awarded the learner progression certificate and trophy at the Skills Training UK awards.

He is currently undergoing basic training with the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh and is set to be posted to Portsmouth for 18 months.

Danny said: “Joining the Navy was always in the back of my mind as a secondary thing because I knew I couldn’t do it.

“I was too overweight and too lazy but after completing this programme, they accepted me and I’m extremely excited to go.

“I’ll be proud to serve my country and I’ll see what I can achieve in my dream job.”