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Scott Macalinden

Vital Statistics Before Current
Weight 190kg 95kg

In 2010, Geordie Lad Scott McAlinden's life was drastically changed forever in a single moment. He was involved in an accident that severely damaged his lower back, left him bed bound for months and reliant on a wheelchair ever since.

This dramatic change had a huge impact on Scott, his family (Donna, his wife, and 4 daughters) and his health, and in just three years his weight ballooned to a massive 30 stone.

Scott, however, was blind to his weight gain and it took an innocent photograph of him and his wife at a local charity event to force him to face up to the facts.

In his own words, he was “disgusted in [himself]” and set about researching ways he could better his life, lose weight and get his happiness back.

He enlisted the help of some of the top trainers and personalities in the industry to advise him on the best course of action including Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Anth Bailes, 4 x Mr Olympia Phil “the gift” Heath, Mick Millington and 6 x Mr Olympia Dorian Yates, to name but a few.

Within months of overhauling his diet and battling the elements for his daily, gruelling cardio sessions, Scott lost some of his mass. Unfortunately though, he hit a stumbling block due to problems with his wheelchair and tension in the home.

His mind wasn't in it, and so he wasn't 100% committed.

His wakeup call came in the form of Mick Millington who said:

Scott you need to pull your f***ing head out of your a**s and get on with it!! If you want results you’re going to have to stop feeling sorry for yourself and get on with it, there is no point moping about just get it sorted.

Scott - Before & After

And with that, Scott threw himself into his transformation. He cleaned up his diet – no more weekly curries or pizza – found great healthy alternatives to his super unhealthy snacks thanks to Muscle Food and began pushing himself to his limits.

Just two years later, Scott now weighs an impressive 15 stone just by sorting out his diet and performing daily cardio in his chair. But he is by no means finished yet…

In fact, Scott is determined to lose even more weight before he gets an operation to help fix his back so he can start hitting the weights room.

Here's Scott's amazing story…

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Scott Mcalinden

What made you decide to go through a body transformation?

Back in 2013 I helped sort a charity night for a local premature baby unit which helped save a family member's life.  On the night of the event there was a photographer so my wife and I had our photo taken. When I saw the photo it killed me inside.  I never thought in this life time I was that big - I felt disgusted in myself.

I didn't realise I had put on so much weight.  No one ever told me how much weight I gained.

Back in 2010 I was involved in an accident which landed me in a wheelchair hence one of the reasons I gained a lot of weight due to me not being able to train.

I was also bed bound till I got a wheelchair.  I suppose one thing led to another, but I promise I will never go back to that size EVER!!!

I have never tried to diet before now so I knew I would need to gain some advice and help from people with more knowledge than me.

What would you say was the hardest aspect of your transformation and your journey towards health and fitness?

Scott before Transformation

As I am limited to what I can do due to my being in a wheelchair, I found it hard both mentally and physically.

As you know, life is a rollercoaster and you've just got to get on with it but the other biggest challenge was the weather. I made sure I was out there burning the calories in the rain, wind, snow and sun I pushed myself no matter what.

I had to lose the weight it was not good for me or my family.

Did you have set backs along the way? If so, how did you overcome them?

During the hard times there were points I thought “why does this have to happen?”

There were problems with the wheelchair, I was having problems with the family and at times my mind was not in the right place but to overcome certain things.

So I got in touch with some close friends who helped me back on to the right path to continue to achieve my goals and I will always be truly grateful to them.

What was the most shocking thing you learned about yourself during your transformation?

Over the last 2 year I was dieting I discovered many new things about myself, my body and who my true friends where.

Also how many people where there to help me with advice, tips, motivation and inspiration (some of these people are professional athletes who took time out of there busy schedules to help me).

They were happy to help me with all the advice I needed to put the puzzle together, so these elements played a major part in my diet and in my life changing transformation.

What was the best advice you have ever been given?

There came a point where I had my head in the sand due to family problems, problems with the hospital and many other things; but I was talking to a very good friend Mick Millington who owns Iron Asylum gym & Grindhouse Muscle, Monster Factory and Fit Chick clothing, he said to me:

Scott you need to pull your f***ing head out of your a**s and get on with it!! If you want results you’re going to have to stop feeling sorry for yourself and get on with it, there is no point moping about just get it sorted.

Rosie Harte

And you know what?  He was right.  Those words have stuck I my head and always will!

Every few days I also had Rosie Harte and Giles Thomas checking in on my progress with my diet, nutrition and supplements to keep me on the right path.  They also checked up on how I was within myself because there was times where I had self-doubt.  Their support has made a massive difference to my diet, life and the way I look at things.

What would your three top tips be for someone who is new to health and fitness and doesn't quite know where to start?

If I had to give someone advice on starting off in the fitness industry would have to be:

  • Go to your local gym and do an induction, that way the staff there will show you how the equipment works and which muscle groups it will work, also most gyms will have some training programs for you to use.
  • Speak with the gym staff and other people who train there for advice on supplements to use as there are so many brands out there.  Also ask them for advice on a diet (to gain mass or in my case to lose weight).
  • When starting to train don't expect to lift heavy weights straight away (like you see the pro's do in the magazines).   Just take your time and make a log of your reps and weight and then over a period of time you will see your progression from when you started.

Also there will be times you need a spotter, be sure to ask the staff or other people who are training at the same time as you as your safety is more important than anything.

But if there is anything you're not sure on be sure to ask someone in the gym because I've found that's where the best advice is and 9 times out of 10 that info is better than the internet!

Favourite motivational song?

When out in my wheelchair for cardio I tend to listen to the Rocky sound track. 

If that's not on I tend to listen to my very good friend DJ Jeff Scott (he is the local night club DJ which is dance, trance, scouse house, hard house and some commercial house tunes with an added base line beat).

Scott Mcalinden After Transformation Story

From time to time I'll change it up so there is something different all the time, it doesn't really matter what I listen to, I just want a good cardio session to help me lost the weight and by listening to some music help's to keep you moving forward and pushes you that little bit more.

Being wheelchair bound must be a huge challenge when it comes to maintaining your fitness…

With my current health problems I can only use my wheelchair as my cardio, but I am hoping that the hospital can fix my lower spine so I can get my life back on track and get back into the gym.

Then I will feel whole again.  As it stands, not being able to train in the gym I feel lost, hitting the gym has been a massive part of my life for many years and since the accident I've not been able to go and I feel lost, but I know one day I will be back there lifting again.

What was your diet like before you decided to start working out and how has it changed?

I have to admit before the diet and the accident I used to love going to my local chippy for a kebab or fish & chips, pizza, curries, Chinese and all the other wrong foods you can think!!

I had some of these homemade meals and some take away, but it wasn't every day.  I did have some clean meals during this time but that's the past and that's where the old me will be staying.  It would be unfair for me to go back there after all the hard work I've put in to transforming my physique.

Muscle Mousse

During this diet I knew I would have to cut out a lot of things I love, but after speaking with a number of people in the supplement shops and general retailers, they were able to point me in the right direction of some products I could use instead of the old items the following items I've used throughout out my diet…

Muscle Mousse, this item is a life saver as I always have a bowl before bed and it comes in many different flavours and it's quick and easy to make I also have it as a snack through the day.

My other downfall was ice cream but after speaking with Whey Heythey told me about their products and I had to try them and by god I am so glad I did, I had a pot a few times a week and on the weekend I used to add some to my protein shake to give it a nice thick texture it was heaven…

My other downfall was crisps but after speaking with Andrew Coulson at Body Power when he launched his amazing Protein Bites back in 2013 he gave me a few samples to take away and try and now I will not have any other crisps any more as Protein Bites are the number one healthy snack I'd have even my kids love them.

So as you can see 3 products I used to love and now I've found a healthy version and this amazing company stock them all you can't get any better than that!

There is one other thing I've got to say is I've been using a protein bars and I've got to take my hat off to Trayl Wallace from Sci-MX Nutrition, I've used the strawberry and cream protein bar and my lord they are nice!

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Current number 1 foodie weakness?

I must admit I have a food weakness and that's a good old chicken wrap with chips, cabbage and garlic sauce but I will only reward myself with one of these if I hit my weight loss target each fortnight as a little treat to myself… If I don't then I will work harder to make sure my targets are made.

How did Muscle Food help in your transformation?

I have to say a massive thank you to Muscle Food for being such a good reliable company because this is where I've been getting all my chickensteak, and sausagesMuscle MousseWhey Hey and Protein Bites.

Massive thanks goes to the creators of the Protein Discount Card, Rick Hall & Craig Abbott.  With me having a protein discount card that helps me get some amazing deals on my meat and treats.

Scotts Muscle Food Purchases

Who is your greatest inspiration?

When battling through this massive overhaul of a weight loss I've had some amazing people motivate me. The following people have made a massive impact on me:

Ronnie Coleman, I've been using his supplements, watching his YouTube channel and I was lucky to have all of his amazing team - Giles, Rosie, Derek, Sean and Cory – encouraging me to keep pushing forward.

IFBB Pro Anth Bailes.  He is a local lad and he sent me a copy of his 100% or Nothing DVD, which I tend to watch before I hit the streets in the wheelchair for that extra motivation and determination.

Mick Millington, he is always the one to tell me the truth and makes sure my head is in the right zone and keeps me on the right path when I stray. Mick is also a good man and a good person to approach for help and advice.

Muscle Mousse

Four Times Mr Olympia Phil “the gift” Heath When I met him at Body Power he gave me some amazing advice and I also watch his YouTube channel before I do my wheelchair cardio.  I also get the odd tweet and direct message with words of encouragement to push me on the right path.

6 times Mr Olympia Dorian Yates and his lovely wife Gal Ferreira Yates, they have always been there for me with support and advice and if there's ever a problem he has been there and that means so much to me.

I also need to thank IFBB Pro Zack Khan, IFBB Pro Flex Lewis, Neil Hill and all of my Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers along with my very close friends Jon Birkett and Claire Harper who have been great to me throughout this journey.

Famous last words?

If I was to leave any last words for anyone reading this is, if you have a goal in mind that you want to achieve… Go for it and do not let any think get in your way till you achieve it.

You will come to some rough parts in the road but make sure you tackle them head on and show them who the boss is.  Prove everyone wrong!

If you come across a problem for which you need help, be sure you seek advice from someone who will be able to help you.  This is what will help you progress down your road to success.

Muscle Food Final Thoughts

Every transformation story featured on Muscle Food outlines that a good diet and a good workout plan are essential to achieving the results you desire. All transformation stories, exercise routines and diet plans are provided by the customer and have not been checked by a nutritionist or doctor. Results may vary for different individuals.