‘I’m just a normal person’ - Wakefield TikTok star Lawrence Green wins over 3 million followers with honest videos about dieting and weight loss
Wakefield's Lawrence Green has amassed more than three million followers on TikTok with his down-to-earth posts about weight loss and healthy eating. Here, the social media star explains how his unexpected stardom has changed his life.
When Lawrence Green first began posting videos to TikTok, he had a simple goal: to keep track of his food and motivate himself to stick to his diet.
But his down-to-earth videos, which feature food ideas, cooking advice and jokes with his friends, struck a chord with users, and his following quickly began to expand.
Since he began documenting his diet in August, Lawrence has built up an incredible 3.2 million followers, who tune in each day for updates on his diet, weight loss and life - including frequent posts with his cat, dog, birds and fish.
And the social media star, who moved to Wakefield from London earlier this year, says he is now unable to leave the house without being recognised by fans in the street.
He said: “I’m just a normal person, it’s really overwhelming sometimes.
“I don’t understand how it happened. I wasn’t even going to post, but my little sister said to try it and it just blew up.
“I just started posting my meal and what I was eating and it was helping people, giving them new ideas.
“In September I had 100,000 followers and by the end of October I had a million.
“I’m just a normal person in a council flat. I honestly don’t understand it all.
"Now I get stopped in the street every day; I've had people come up to me crying and shaking.
"Sometimes people will message and say they saw me in the shops."
Lawrence, 30, says the majority of his followers - about two million - are from Britain, but he has also attracted around a million fans from America, and others from around the world.
He estimates that his active fanbase place him within the top 100 of the UK’s eight million TikTok creators.
Although it was not his intention, Lawrence says thousands of people have reached out to let him know that his posts have helped them tackle their own anxiety and eating disorders.
And with his frequent posts, upbeat attitude and positive mindset, it's not hard to see why.
In one of his most liked videos, shared to TikTok in March, he stands next to a stack of tins of spaghetti hoops almost as tall as he is.
He tells the camera: “I have lost the equivalent of 104 tins… I don't know how I carried this weight around for so long, I couldn’t even lift this now.
“I sure know that my heart and my knees must be happy for it.
“I feel so much better. Just lose one tin at a time and before you know it, you’ll be there too. Good luck guys!"
Over the last nine months, his followers have supported him through the loss of almost eight stone - and he has no plans to stop anytime soon.
“I just keep going,” he said. “But I enjoy it. It helped me get into the habit of cooking every day.
“I’m still 21 stone so I want to get down to 15 stone down from 30. I’m going to keep posting every day. It motivates me and encourages me.
"I get people who are lonely in the lockdown and I go live [on TikTok] to eat my dinner and they eat their dinner with me.
“It encourages me to cook healthy and show them what I’m eating.”
On top of the more than 140 million likes his videos have received on TikTok, Lawrence now receives thousands of messages a day from dedicated fans, as well as dozens of letters and gifts to his PO Box each week.
He said: “I don’t understand how it happened, I just post my dinner.
“I never got media training or anything like that. It’s just literally standing in my flat feeling sorry for myself.
"But it's about giving people the hope.
“People look at you when you're big and it’s difficult to be confident. But all that anxiety has gone for me now. That’s what I want people to see.”
Click here to view Lawrence's TikTok and find out more about his weight loss and dieting.