Man, 41, shed a whopping 16 STONE in 14 months

Man, 41, who got so out of breath walking his dogs at 30st that he ‘thought he was going to die’ reveals he’s shed 16st in just over year

  • James Mitchell, from Moreton, Merseyside, tipped the scales at 29st 13lbs
  • He lived on diet of takeaways and family-sized chocolate bars since he was child
  • But he decided to do something about weight and underwent lifestyle overhaul 
  • The 41-year-old shed half his bodyweight taking him to a svelte 13st 13lbs

A man who got so out of breath walking his dogs that he thought he was going to die has shed a whopping 16 stone in 14 months.

James Mitchell, 41, from Moreton, Merseyside, tipped the scales at 29st 13lbs at his heaviest after living on a diet of takeaways and family-sized chocolate bars since he was a child.

But, when his dog walker cancelled last minute, he was forced to walk his two Labradoodles, Jasper and Dodge, around the park himself. But it left him so out of breath he feared he was not going to make it home.


James Mitchell, from Moreton, Merseyside, from a whopping 29st 13lb and clothes size XXXXL (left) to a svelte 13st 13lbs and XL (right)

James, who works as an engineer, decided realised he had to make a change to his diet – and decided to ditch takeaways and booze in a bid to lose five stone. 

But he ended up smashing his target and shed half his bodyweight in little over a year taking him from a whopping 29st 13lb and clothes size XXXXL to a svelte 13st 13lbs and XL.

James said: ‘My scales at home would say there was an error because I was too heavy for them.

‘If I had a roast dinner it would be six pieces of meat, six potatoes, six carrots, six parsnips and three Yorkshire puddings and I didn’t do any exercise at all.

The 41-year-old (pictured after) was forced to walk his two Labradoodles, Jasper and Dodge, around the park himself but he became so out of breath he feared he was not going to make it home

James (pictured before) realised he needed to overhaul his diet after an all-inclusive holiday to Egypt where he gorged on mixed grills, steaks and booze

JAMES’S DAILY DIET BEFORE AND AFTER

BEFORE  

Breakfast: McDonald’s breakfast or a fry up

Lunch: Soup and toast. Fish and chips every Friday

Dinner: Large chilli, spaghetti Bolognese, curry, pizza or kebab

Snacks: Family sized bar of chocolate

Drinks: Two litres of fizzy pop and two or three pints 

NOW 

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie

Lunch: Soup

Dinner: Small portion of cooked meal

Snacks: One low calorie chocolate bar

Drinks: Mineral water

‘If I was going to eat a chocolate bar it would be the biggest chocolate bar in the shop.’

James realised he needed to overhaul his diet after an all-inclusive holiday to Egypt where he gorged on mixed grills, steaks and booze.

James, who usually hired a dog walker to exercise Dodger and Jasper, decided to do it himself but was left fearing for his life when he realised he couldn’t even make it to the end of the street.

He said: ‘I split up with my wife in 2018.

‘We’d booked an all inclusive holiday to Egypt but split before we could go, so I went on my own and I ate what I wanted and I drank what I wanted.

James, who works as an engineer, decided realised he had to make a change to his diet – and decided to ditch takeaways and booze in a bid to lose five stone but he ended up smashing his target (pictured after)


James said he had been living on a diet of takeaways and family-sized chocolate bars since he was a child (left and right)

‘The flight out there was awful because I was on my own and I hadn’t flown without a seatbelt extension in 15 years.

‘I usually used my wife’s table because my belly would get in the way but she wasn’t there, so I had to balance everything.

‘When I got back, the dog walker wasn’t coming over and the dogs were excited to see me so I took them around the corner and thought I was going to die.

‘I was pouring with sweat and thought I was going to faint. That’s when I decided I needed to do something.

‘I went home and poured all the fizzy pop and beer that was in the house down the sink.

James (pictured before) said that his weighing scales at home would say there was ‘an error’ because he was too heavy for them


James (before, left, and after, right) replaced his usually huge portions for low calorie shakes and soups and saw results within weeks to shed 16 stone

‘Then I put all the snacks in the outside bin so I couldn’t be tempted.’

James replaced his usually huge portions for low calorie shakes and soups and saw results within weeks.

He said: ‘I only wanted to get to 20 stone. I was eating around 800 calories per day and losing around five pounds per week.

‘The first three days were OK but the fourth I found myself craving fizzy pop. But I didn’t go to the shop because I knew I’d walk out with fizzy pop, a pie, pasty and a chocolate bar.

‘I did it for myself. When doctors told me I was overweight I just wasn’t interested until that day when I walked the dogs and I was really scared and really unhappy.

‘If it wasn’t for the dogs I probably would never have lost the weight.’

James (pictured before) said initially when doctors told him that he was overweight he was not interested until the day he became out of breath while walking his dogs


Now James (before, left, and after, right) is unrecognisable and has even become a weight-loss consultant to help support others with their weight loss 

James admits he had been severely overweight since he was a child and his parents were forced to buy his school uniform in adult shops.

Now James is unrecognisable and has even become a weight-loss consultant to help support others with their weight loss.

He said: ‘I’ve always been big. It’s not that I’ve been fat my whole adult life, I’ve been fat my whole life.

‘It didn’t really affect me when I was younger, I didn’t enjoy PE lessons but I did them.

‘My mum had to buy me adult sized trousers, I couldn’t get my uniform from the school shop.

‘A lot of people say how amazing I’ve done and some people don’t even recognise me.

‘For the first time people are telling me I don’t need to lose any more weight.’   

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