Pilot plans to shed 27 kilos in 28 days so he can fly again

Mark Sampson and his initial weigh in

MARK SAMPSON who lives in Benalmadena has decided that the time had come to lose weight for health reasons and so that he can fly again.

With a private pilot’s licence, he loved getting into a helicopter and taking off but when his weight exceed the maximum 17 stone (108 kilo) limit, he was denied access to his special hobby.

His plan therefore is to live a little longer and enjoy life a little better so at the start of July he made a decision to reduce his current 135 kilo frame down to 108 kilos in 28 days by drinking water and eating green salads without dressing.

Weight gain

So with the encouragement of his friends and knowing that his seventy five-year-old mother would be visiting in September, he set off for the local farmacia and weighed in at 133.95 kilos.

Mark will be donating money to a Special Care Baby unit in the UK – which treated his son very successfully – for every person who shares www.facebook.com/sammospain  and has promised to double the donation if he doesn’t reach his target.

Euro Weekly News wish him all success and plan to sponsor him for each kilo that he loses so will be keeping a close eye on his weekly weigh ins and will update progress in the Costa del Sol edition of the paper.


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    • Kally

      07 July 2017 • 23:36

      You CaNNOT lose a kilo a day. That’s insane. As well as nearly impossible, it’s dangerous. And a month of living on water and vegetables will make you ill and could endanger your vital organs (as well as making yoy dizzy and disoriented when you fly). At best, it’s so restrictive it’s doomed to failure and rebound weight gain. Be sensible. It takes 6 months to a year to lose 27kg healthily. EWN should not be encouraging this self-harm mission.

    • John EWN

      08 July 2017 • 09:05

      The decision to lose weight in this way was Mark’s completely and he tells us that he has 4,000 Facebook friends who support him. In this first week, he appears not to be showing any negative side effects and the weight is certainly going down. We will keep readers up to date with his progress and trust that he will be sensible enough to give up if he feels ill.

    • Kally

      08 July 2017 • 21:32

      of course the weight’s coming off: he’s depriving his organism of every nutrient it needs to función. And just as he starts eating again, he’ll put all the weight back on and more besides as his metabolism will be shot. If he’s lucky: it’s unlikely he’ll ‘start to feel ill’; rather, his kidneys go into shock and that’s instant curtains.

    • Mark sampson

      10 July 2017 • 23:40

      Thanks for your concern Kelly, the decision to pursue this challenge was multi facetted in that my close friend had tried a water only 28 day challenge and pulled out after 18 days so I was inspired to do the challenge myself but knowing that Robert was a strong character and did not give up easily I chose to add a daily dose of salad to give me a better chance.

    • Mark sampson

      10 July 2017 • 23:43

      The secondary benefits are the weight loss and detox which I would love to achieve in addition to recovering some of the self determination and control that I fell has faded with age
      I love flying and I love my mother dearly and I can see in her eyes she wished I had taken better care of myself so the motivation of seeing her eyes light up and taking pals out on any of aircraft I am licensed to fly will keep me strong willed

    • Mark sampson

      10 July 2017 • 23:44

      Once again I thank you for your concern and everything you have said has been taken on board.
      As for post challenge I’m hoping the extra self will and determination will help keep me to a more strict but healthy diet.

    • Oliverson

      19 July 2017 • 21:27

      Just go with the paleo diet.


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