Sometimes beards are just better. This man was living a financially successful life, but his health was slipping. When his barber suggested growing a beard, he decided it was time for a complete transformation. As his looks changed, so did his entire life.
Gwilym Pugh had founded his own insurance company from his spare room, and work was going well. Unfortunately, this job required him to spend all day at a desk – something that was devastating for Gwilym’s health. As his company’s profits soared so did his weight. He gained 280 pounds before he heard his wake-up call.
“At that time I was pretty overweight,” Gwilym told Good Morning Britain, ” working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all. The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”
He and his friends had previously formed a folk band, so his barber gave him some good advice.
He told I’m to grow a beard. The new style would help him look the part for his new group.
This turned out to be a major turning point in Gwilym’s life.
He changed his eating along with his facial hair, and he was on his way to his happiest, healthiest self.
“It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for nine to 10 hours a day,” he shared.
Gwilym lost 90 pounds over 5 years, and doors started swinging open for him.
The man started an Instagram account, and he was eventually discovered by Welsh tailor Nathan Palmer.
From there Gwilym’s career took off in a direction he was never expecting. He signed a contract with the London agency AMCK Models.
“A picture says a thousand words…. Coming from being 22 years old, overweight, plagued with injuries, and unhappy barely leaving the house…”
“I’m happier and healthier than I ever thought possible and doing things that didn’t even cross my mind to dream of.”
Gwilym is now an ambassador for David Beckham’s new male grooming brand.
The model is excited for his new career path, but he never lets it get to his head.
“I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did,” he says.
“I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal wit that.”
“Having worked in finance for years, the opportunity to work with creative people and travel around the world is amazing.”
Gwilym is thrilled to have such wonderful experiences while continuing to further his health.
“Regular osteo treatment and morning mobility and HIIT workouts are what’s in order,” the model explains.
It’s hard to believe this all started because of a beard. Now Gwilym is looking better than ever, and he has a long path of success ahead of him.
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