Carlton dad-of-three loses seven stone and three Xs from his clothes size - but he still manages nine pints on a weekend

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A Carlton dad-of-three has lost 99 pounds in weight in two years – despite still enjoying fish and chips on a Friday and nine pints over the weekend.

John Smith, 52, joined a local weight watchers group in January 2016 after he was told by a nurse he should do something about his size.

He was shocked to see the scale reach 21 stone and three pounds at his first weigh in but now, two years on, he has got this down to just 14 stone and two pounds.

Thanking his diet, exercise and positive thinking for his success the Carlton Junior Academy site manager has gone from buying XXXL to just L clothes and says even sitting in a chair feels different.

He said: “I did not realise how overweight I was. I knew I had got big but it was more than I realised, it came as a shock.

“I was embarrassed and disappointed with myself.

“It is not that long ago, I look at those pictures and see a massive difference and I think ‘wow’.

“When I’m in a chair now there’s all this room.

“I used to go on expensive specialist websites for clothes but now I can just go to Primark for the cheap stuff.

“I can turn and twist and move about. It has made my arthritis better as I am not carrying so much weight.

John Smith after losing seven stone

John Smith after losing seven stone

“I have become more positive and active. I think other people have seen that in me, that I am more confident.”

For exercise, Mr Smith started walking with his springer spaniel Peddy, clocking up around six miles every day on his favourite Gedling Country Park walk.

He also went from eating “anything that was there” to being more careful with his diet with the help of his coach Penny Pannell at Wednesday meetings in the Carlton Main Street Methodist Church.

He used a system which gives you a daily number of points to use, with unhealthier foods “costing” more.

This means that although he eats plenty of fresh fruit and high protein foods he can also save up points and enjoy the occasional unhealthier treat – such as the weekend beers.

Now his wife Elaine has also started to lose weight, going down two stone in the past year.

The 48-year-old washroom operative said: "I had not noticed how much had crept on, it was a shock when he told me how much he weighed.

"I am impressed by his journey, he was determined that this was going to happen and nothing was going to falter it.

John Smith before his transformation

John Smith before his transformation

"Just by following John's diet I had lost weight without realised it and then last year I was looking at some photos and decided to do something too."

He hopes to have lost a total of 100 pounds by tomorrow’s (Wednesday's) weigh in and is even considering becoming a weight watcher’s coach himself.

His ultimate goal is to get down to 13 stone but Mr Smith believes it is important to “take things slow”.

His coach Mr Pannell, 49, of Nuthall, said: "He has changed massively, not only his weight loss but also his whole outset. When he first came he was very overweight and did not have any confidence.

"Over the months he has changed from being who said nothing to the life and soul of the meeting and he is really supportive of everyone else.

"He has realised that anything is OK in moderation."

An example of his diet on a typical day...

Before

Breakfast: bread and butter with bacon

Lunch: sandwiches and crisps

Dinner: Chips with food such as pizza

After

Breakfast: Fruit and yoghurt

Lunch: Omelet with mushrooms

Dinner: High protein foods such as beans and fresh fish