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Man Who Lost 20st From Takeaway Ban Put 11st Back On In Lockdown

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Man Who Lost 20st From Takeaway Ban Put 11st Back On In Lockdown

The man who lost 20st in 12 months from introducing a 'takeaway ban' has put 11st back on during the lockdown. But he is determined to shed the weight again with the help of his personal trainer. Check out his progress below:

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Darren 'Dibsy' McClintock once weighed an incredible 40 stone and, even more incredibly, he managed to shred half of that weight in just 12 months.

His personal trainer, Mike Hind, was responsible for famously delivering posters to takeaways in Middlesbrough in 2018 encouraging them to 'ban him' along with the message: 'Save Dibsy - Obesity is killing him'.

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However, he put the pounds back on during the pandemic, which to be fair, so did a lot of us during the winter lockdown.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Dibsy said: "I sort of rebelled from it for a while thinking I'd done the graft, now this is my enjoyment.

"But I've ended up - not quite back to square one but with more weight to lose again.

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"Now, with Mike's help, I'm ready to show people that you can backtrack massively like I have but pull it back again."

Another factor that's played its part, from Dibsy's perspective, is to have work-out buddy, Rob, around to help motivate each other.

Mike says working with Dibsy and Rob will be a 'team effort' in which the lads themselves will have to put in maximum effort to get back down to 21 stone.

"It is not going to be easy, but this is a team effort," he says.

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"My ultimate goal is to make Dibsy and Rob healthier and have a long and happy future."

The pair are now training together and are providing regular Vlogs on Mike's YouTube channel as part of what has been dubbed 'the UK's biggest weight-loss journey'.

Rob, Mike and Dibsy. Credit: SWNS
Rob, Mike and Dibsy. Credit: SWNS

Mike runs a macro-based diner supplying healthy, balanced and nutritious meals to his clients around the U.K, which happen to also include Premier League footballers.

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He said: "Because he has been on that weight loss journey, everyone will think, 'how have you gone back to that?'

"But he hasn't had the tools at his disposal during lockdown and while working away and temptation has been put in his way.

"He's made a few wrong choices - it's not right, but he's human."

Filled with determination, Dibsy added: "This time, when I get back to 21 stone, I will know how easy it is to put weight back on and get up to more than 30 again.

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"That's my motivation to stick with it and know it's a full lifestyle change, it's not just one year out of my life."

He continued: "I've got a holiday next year and at my current weight, I would feel uncomfortable getting on a plane or ready for the beach."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Fitness, UK, Health

Anish Vij
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