A cancer survivor who put on weight during chemotherapy has revealed how he overhauled his body in just three months.
Nick Rolt, 23, from East Grinstead, Sussex, who weighed 14.5 stone at his heaviest, piled on the pounds following just two months of intense chemotherapy to treat rare chest tumours.
He became aware of his health problems after developing severe chest pains that were affecting his active job teaching severely autistic teenagers.
Doctors found several mediastinal tumours in his torso and ordered two months of gruelling chemotherapy, which caused Nick’s weight to balloon from 12.5 stone to 14.5 stone.
Nick who was diagnosed in May 2018, was left extremely weak after the success of his treatment. He would get out of breath and sweaty just walking and struggled to lift even 10kg.
Nick, who has now lost the majority of his weight and sculpted his body into the best shape ever, spent three months following a strict gym routine and buying healthy foods.
Speaking about how cancer changed his life, he said: ‘I’ve been through hell but I’m so grateful to be alive and in great shape now.
‘It all started out of the blue on a holiday to Scotland, but I had no idea there was a rare tumour in my chest. Without my girlfriend Isabel insisting I see a doctor, I might not be here today.
‘Cancer was suspected following tests in February last year, but it took a CT scan, an X-ray and a biopsy to finally confirm the tumours between my heart and lungs in May.
‘They gave me a choice between steady or intense chemo therapy, so I took the tougher and quicker option to get on with intense treatment straight away.
‘I saw it as a challenge – there was no doubt in my mind that I could beat cancer. My worries were the reaction of friends and family – I hated telling people and seeing them get upset – and the potential financial impact.’
Nick was given the all clear in August 2018, he overhauled his diet with the help of MuscleFood and hit the gym to get back into shape.
He continued: ‘My body was two stone heavier and significantly weaker when the good news was finally confirmed by doctors.
‘A brisk walk to the gym would have me breathless and sweaty, and I could barely bench press ten kilos once I got there.
‘I had to be persistent and push my body harder than ever before to regain my strength and get fit, but a strict daily gym routine and bulk buying healthy ingredients online paid off.
‘I binged on musclefood’s lean chicken breast fillets, low calorie ready meals and convenient, low fat prepped pots – that are ready in just a few minutes – to help me rebuild my body and lose the extra weight.’
Speaking about his exercise, he continued: ‘Exercise routine is always varied. I always start and finish each session with cardio – that varies: a run, cycling, rowing, ropes, boxing or weighted sprints.
‘I do a horizontal push/pull day, a vertical push/pull day, a leg day and a deadlift day. I also do a body weight day at home, where I do a variety of body weight exercises. I have two rest days, which are usually on a wednesday and Sunday.’
Hoping to give something back, Nick who is back to weighing 12.5 stone is currently qualifying to become a personal trainer in his spare time and is dedicated to fitness and eating well.
He added: ‘I’m back down to my pre-cancer weight and waist size, but still wear the large t-shirts I brought at my heaviest thanks to the muscle I’ve gained – it’s now a nice feeling to pull on clothes that feel a bit tight and see the visual gains.
‘Having changed my diet to get fit again after my chemo, I’ve really started to enjoy cooking healthily – I’m committed to nutrition now.
‘My latest tests in April were all good – I’m still in remission – so I’m now training to be a personal trainer. I hope I can use my experience to help others who’ve been dealt a bad hand and are looking to make a change.’
Nick can be followed on Instagram @nicholasrolt