My Diet Success Story- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive Health Story- ***April 2014***

Luke Milford contacted us with his remarkable weight-loss story.

The 24-year-old went on a diet after he flew all the way to Florida to go on Universal Studio's Harry Potter ride only to be told he was too big.

As a result, Luke went on a diet which saw him drop from 22 stone to 13 stone.

We sold Luke's story for him to the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

Luke was delighted to show off his weight loss and with his fee.

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Harry Portly And The Lost 9 Stone

The 22-stone Brit was refused access to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction at Universal Studios in Florida

Transformed: Luke is returning to Florida to finally go on the Harry Potter ride

Overweight Luke Milford was shamed into losing nine stone – after being turned away from a theme park ride.

The 22-stone Brit was refused access to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando because he was “not the right body type”.

He suffered the humiliation of being measured in a special test chair – and failing.

BT worker Luke, 24, said he was left “embarrassed and disappointed”. But the knock-back led him to start a diet and, 15 months on, he has slimmed down to a healthy 13 stone.

Now he hopes to shed two more stone to hit his target weight of 11 stone.

He has ditched the takeaways, completed the 13.1-mile Great North Run and is due to marry his girlfriend Heather, 23, later this year.

Luke, from South Shields, Tyneside, also plans to return to Orlando to finally go on the Harry Potter ride.

He told how he and Heather had spent £5,000 on their holiday in November 2012 and were excited about trying out the attraction.

But he said: “When we got to the front of the queue one of the staff took me aside and asked me to sit on a tester seat. He tried to lock the bars on it but couldn’t because I was too big.

“He wasn’t rude. He said, ‘I’m sorry sir, you’re just not the right body type for this. It’s not safe’.

“To travel all that way and not be able to go on the ride was so upsetting.

“But being turned away was the reality check I needed to lose weight.”

When junk-food lover Luke arrived home he decided his New Year’s ­resolution for 2013 was to start the Hairy Bikers’ diet. He followed the same recipes that TV presenters Dave Myers and Si King used to shed the pounds.

He said: “I knew I was big. People would shout out of their cars, ‘You’re fat!’ and I couldn’t shop normally – all my clothes were bought online. But I don’t think I ever realised just how much of a problem it had become until America.

“The Hairy Biker diet books appealed because you could still eat things like egg and chips – they were just cooked in a healthy way.

“Heather never judged me but it’s good to know I’ll walk up the aisle on our wedding day looking good.” 
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