This Accounting Student Lost 34KG In Just 6 Months, This Is His Winning Formula

"I was in a really dark space and fitness became my escape.”

Thaaqib Daniels, Photography by Martin de Kock |

Getting a little heavier after high school is normal for many young adults. After quitting rugby and picking up a few unhealthy habits, Yanga Ngcayisa looked on track to follow the norm. But the 22-year-old Wits student was not going to become a stereotype. Instead, he decided that it was time to get back in shape and shed an incredible 34kg in just six months.

Yanga Ngcayisa

Yanga (Before)
  • Age: 22
  • Occupation: Accounting Student
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Weight Before: 124kg
  • Weight after: 90kg
  • Time To Goal: 6 months


“As a prop in my high school rugby team, it was normal for me to be the “big guy” and I had accepted that I would be fat my whole life. But at the start of 2019, I stopped playing rugby. I fell out of love with the game and found myself clueless about what I wanted to do with my life. I then started over-eating, drinking and smoking. A few months later I weighed 124kg – the heaviest I’d ever been. I was in a really dark space and fitness became my escape.”

The lesson: Find a good routine that suits you and you won’t fall into a slump.

Related: This Change to Your Workout Routine Can Keep You Fit Into Old Age


“I started my transformation on 9 July 2019 – but only after dreading the journey back to fitness for the longest time. I started slowly. On the first day I just walked for an hour and it felt so great to just move my body. After that first week I decided to set my goals and
I wrote out some programmes for myself to follow.”

The lesson: It was the mere decision to try that made the difference. You just need to start (slowly), and not stop. No matter what.


“My goal was to be under 100kg – which I had never been before. After a lot of research, I started following my own programme and meal plan based on what I found. This included me going to gym five or six times a week. I did a lot of full-body circuits along with some hypertrophy training in the mix. I studied up on nutrition and started incorporating all food groups in moderation while still enjoying my meals.”

Related: Watch: This Dietician Says What You Need To Eat To Keep Off The Weight

The lesson: Do your research. Read up on healthy, sustainable ways to achieve your goals that won’t make you feel deprived.

One of Yanga’s methods of keeping his workouts fun without losing intensity is by doing the Deck Of Cards workout. Click here to give it a shot!


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Eyes on the prize.

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“I ended up losing 34kg in six months! I feel like a completely different person and my outlook on life has changed for the better. The best part is being able to inspire other people by documenting my journey on Instagram. In a way, it felt like I wasn’t doing it alone. Through fitness I have found a sense of purpose – to motivate and inspire. I just want to share this great feeling with others.”

The lesson: Hold yourself accountable and don’t be scared to share your story with friends. Their support might give you the extra push that you need.


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