Dad-of-four Mathew lost 10 stone in six months (Picture: SWNS)
A dad-of-four who used to eat five bags of crisps a day and weighed 31 and a half stone has lost 10 stone during lockdown – in just six months.
Matthew Howe, 41, would have two large breakfast butties from a cafe in the morning and order a takeaway after eating his dinner at night.
He could also eat two 200g bars of chocolate a day and consume bigger meal portions than the rest of the family.
The dad from Sheffield would wash it all down with a two-litre bottle of Coca Cola each day, all of which made his weight balloon.
But in September, he ditched the food and sugary drinks and started walking his pet puppy Boris every day and the weight dropped off.
Six-foot-two Matthew now weighs 21st 3lb and is continuing to drop the pounds.
Matthew said: ‘I feel like a different person. I look in the mirror and I can feel a massive difference.
‘My family can see such a big difference, they’re all proud of me. My children have got their dad back in a way.
‘I’ve always been a massive family man, but if we went to the park or anywhere, we’d drive. Now we’re walking everywhere and it’s brilliant.’
Matthew in July 2020 before the weight loss (Picture: SWNS)
Matthew allowed himself ‘one last blowout’ on September 15 last year but he has not had a takeaway since and has cut his portion sizes down.
Now he is walking every day with the family cockapoo and can clock up 10 miles a day, averaging between 60 and 70 miles per week.
Matthew added: ‘We’re a close family and they were concerned about me, but I never did anything about it.
‘When I weighed myself and realised I was 31 stone 8lb, I thought I have to do something about it or I wouldn’t see my kids grow up.
‘Although my children are the reason I wanted to do it, my youngest son is autistic and I wanted to be around for him forever.
‘I’m not following a diet or anything, it’s just common sense. Eat less, exercise more and you’ll lose weight.
‘Instead of stopping off for a butty after the school run, I’ll go for a walk with Boris, he’s my little walking buddy.’
The dad used to eat five packets of crisps a day (Picture: SWNS)
The family lives on the edge of the Peak District, meaning Mathew has access to nature whenever he wants.
‘I’ve got an smartwatch and I track my walks on it. It’s a totally different lifestyle,’ he said.
‘My diet now is completely different. I just eat fresh produce all the time, I snack on fresh fresh fruit instead of chocolate and crisps.
‘I’ve started letting myself eat a bag of crisps now and again, but before it was five packs a day.
‘I’ve stopped drinking Coke, I let myself have a can of Pepsi Max once a week – that’s my treat after weighing myself.’
Mathew now (Picture: SWNS)
Matthew’s new lifestyle has improved his quality of life and when he contracted Covid in January, he believes the weight loss helped him beat the virus.
He added: ‘If I’d have been at my biggest, I might not have been here. It was terrible for a few days but then I was on the mend and felt fine.
‘I think it could have been a different story if I was the size I used to be.’
He doesn’t follow a diet – just eats more healthily and exercises every day (Picture: SWNS)
Matthew has been keeping a track of his weight every week and said he cried when he reached ten stone loss.
He now aims to shed another four stone to hit his target weight of 17 stone.
He added: ‘I weigh myself every Monday and Friday on the same scales in boots. When I hit ten stone loss, it was very emotional for me. I cried my eyes out.
‘I feel so much better now. I’ll go for a walk around the reservoir and people will stop me to say I look great and I’m not walking anymore, I’m floating.’
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