x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Last year’s weight loss champ vows to shed the pounds

Ahmed Al Shaikh, 28, from Syria, won the equivalent of almost Dh10,000 in gold last year after shedding 26 kilogrammes.

Ahmad Al Shaikh, above, the winner of last year’s ‘Your Weight in Gold’ contest, plans to follow a diet that involves eating no solid food for nearly a month. The 28-year-old will share his dietary plan with anyone who is interested. ‘I will live on just green tea, and maybe green apples,’ he says. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
Ahmad Al Shaikh, above, the winner of last year’s ‘Your Weight in Gold’ contest, plans to follow a diet that involves eating no solid food for nearly a month. The 28-year-old will share his dietary plan with anyone who is interested. ‘I will live on just green tea, and maybe green apples,’ he says. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

DUBAI // Last year’s winner of the Weight in Gold challenge has vowed to lose 40 kilograms in this year’s event.

Ahmed Al Shaikh, a 28-year-old Syrian, won about Dh10,000 in gold after shedding 26kg last year.

That was even though he missed 10 days at the start of the 30-day weight-loss challenge.

This year’s event will last six weeks, and Mr Al Shaikh plans to start his weight-loss efforts from day one. The final weigh-ins and body measurements for this year’s event will be from September 10 to 15.

“I will use this time to lose much more weight than I lost last time,” said Mr Al Shaikh.

He said he aimed to be among the first to register for the competition on July 15 and would follow a strict diet that would involve eating no solid food for almost a month.

Mr Al Shaikh said he would share his dietary plan with whoever was interested.

“For more than one month I will live on just green tea, and maybe green apples too,” he said.

Last year, Mr Al Shaikh’s weight dropped from about 150kg to 124kg. The Syrian earlier voiced his concern that this year’s event would be restricted to families and that would exclude him as a single man.

But he was delighted to learn on Tuesday that individuals would be able to participate.

Mr Al Shaikh said he was aiming to lower his weight to about 80kg and break last year’s record.

“I don’t think there are many people who will have been able to lose more than 60kg in two years,” he said. “I’m not aiming to be better than anyone else, but if I break my record from last year, I don’t think there will be many people who will be able to beat me.”

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