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Podgy Pat has a big new goal.

Byline: SAMUEL HAMILTON

WHEN Paddy Cunningham used to look in the mirror, it depressed him to see how big he had become.

He weighed 23 stone, wore 44 inch trousers and XXXL tops with his life revolving around fast food.

But Sligo-born Paddy, who now lives in Reading, is set to become a TV star on new reality show The Biggest Loser.

And his big plan was to get in shape and be able to buy proper clothes before his 30th birthday.

He said: "Buying clothes used to be horrendous. I would love the idea of going to buy clothes and stuff.

"I'm gay and that's quite a vain scene where there's lots of emphasis put on how people look. So that is added pressure as well."

Spurred on by host Davina McCall, Paddy forced himself to push through five hours of exercise a day and adapt to a new diet.

But he admits there was a moment when he was ready to walk out of the show and head straight to McDonalds for a burger and fries.

Paddy said: "I had to keep thinking no matter how much pain I was in that I could fight through it.

HE added: "If people find it motivating or inspirational, that would be fantastic, absolutely fantastic."

THE Biggest Loser starts on TV3 on Wednesday at 8pm.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2011
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