Lifestyle

Incredible shrinking dad is two-thirds the man he used to be

William Briese with his children Mia, Kai and Tristin. William has lost more than 80kg and plans to lose another 50kg. William had lapband surgery and has been eating healthy foods and working out to lose the weight. He wanted to lose the weight so that he could do things with his children. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
William Briese with his children Mia, Kai and Tristin. William has lost more than 80kg and plans to lose another 50kg. William had lapband surgery and has been eating healthy foods and working out to lose the weight. He wanted to lose the weight so that he could do things with his children. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

 

William Briese, who has lost more than 80kg. Pictured weighing 230kg. Photo: Contributed
William Briese, who has lost more than 80kg. Pictured weighing 230kg. Photo: Contributed Contributed

A NORTH Ipswich father is two-thirds the man he used to be.

William Briese has lost more than 80 kilograms after doctors confirmed he may not live to see his three children grow up.

The 37-year-old chef made the life-changing decision at 230kg more than a year and a half ago to cut the fat.

Now he is studying a diploma in diet and nutrition with his eye on becoming a personal trainer to encourage others battling the bulge.

"If I kept going on the path I was on, I wouldn't live very long," Mr Briese said. "My doctor said I would end up having a heart attack or heart disease and diabetes.

"I want to see my kids grow up and be able to do activities with them. Now I can muck around with them in the backyard without getting breathless, which is great."

Mr Briese, who trains at Jetts Booval up to four times a week, had struggled with his weight since he was a teenager.

"Basically when I hit high school, I put on more and more weight. As I got older I got lazier and it snowballed from there," he said.

"It was hard to get out of bed in the morning; even walking to the mailbox I was short of breath. It was hard on my back, and knees and ankles ached."

In 2012, he underwent lap-band surgery and committed to change his eating and exercising habits.

The chef of 17 years said he now had a new outlook on life.

"I can get around a lot easier, I'm not puffed and I have more energy," he said. "My blood pressure is perfect ... my dietician calls me a gym junkie."

Mr Briese hopes to lose another 50kg before the end of the year.

"I want to help others with their diet and nutrition," he said. "I've had go through the struggle."

Topics:  obesity




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Why Baden-Clay's lawyers say he's not a murderer

Gerard Baden-Clay

The QLD DPP has moved to have Baden-Clay found guilty of murder

Waterfall at Queens Park

Waterfall at Queens Park.

Congratulations Melissa Faye

Food van crashes into embankment

Women treated at scene of motorway crash

Latest deals and offers

Driveway delivery

Toby Hill was born on June 22 on his grandparents driveway in Riverhills. Pictured is big brother Bradley Hill, dad Matt Hill, mum Hannah Hill, grandmother Donna Eagle and grandfather Nick Eagle.

Toby Hill was born on June 22 on his grandparents driveway in Riverhills.

Rosewood Amber Alert

No Caption

Audio of Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams of the Ipswich Child Protection...

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%