‘Fat and happy’ man who binged on McDonald’s and pizza every week loses 16 stone


A man who ballooned to 30 stone after eating McDonald’s, pizza and beer every week has lost half of his body weight in just over a year.

James Mitchell, 41, would on a typical Friday night eat a chippy dinner for lunch before ordering a large 14 inch pizza to himself for dinner.

The software engineer from Moreton, Merseyside became so heavy that his weighing scales simply said ‘error’ when he stepped on them, Liverpool Echo reports.

“I have always been fat; I have always been the fat kid of the class ever since I can remember,” James said.

“When I was at school for breakfast it would be sweets from the shop on the way in and maybe a chocolate bar, then chips for lunch, I would maybe get a pizza on the way home and then whatever I would have for tea.

The software engineer says he wore adult trousers at school when he was younger

“I just didn’t care. Because although I was the fat kid in school I was never bullied.”

As a heavy 13 year old boy, James was referred to a dietician at Arrowe Park Hospital and scammed the medics by filling his pockets with stones and coins on his first weigh in so they thought he had lost weight next time.

His shocking diet continued for the next two decades, and sometimes while away on business James would not think twice about buying his breakfast and lunch at McDonald’s before tucking into a mixed grill, a pudding and a few pints at a restaurant.

He said: “I was fat and happy. It honestly never bothered me.

“In my head I was absolutely fine. I was not one of these people that hides away in a corner, I would go out, if I was on holiday I was happy to take my top off and walk around.

“I was fine being fat until I wasn’t.”

In April 2019, James tried to take his dog for a walk but after a few hundred yards he “thought he was going to die”.

This was the realisation James needed as that same day he emptied his cupboards of newly bought biscuits and snacks and poured them into an outside bin.

He even poured fizzy drinks down the sink.

James decided to lose weight after struggling to walk his dog

James then started working with Dominic Beebee, a weight management consultant with weight loss franchise The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.

“He came to ask about my diet and weigh and measure me,” James said.

“I had cut out the chocolate and stuff for about a week at that point and I was 29st 13lbs at that stage.

“But the really embarrassing thing is he said ‘I’m sorry I forgot my measuring tape’. I said ‘oh I have got one here’, it was just a standard measuring tape.

“Dominic put it around my waist and it didn’t fit, it was around 60 inches and there was around a six inch gap.”

James lost half of his body weight in just over a year

James stuck to the diet and now weighs a trim 13st12lbs.

He said: “I have gone from being the heaviest in the room to one of the lightest.”

Dominic said: “As a young consultant at the time, 20 years old, this was my biggest challenge yet.

“Fast forward 14 months to the end of June 2020 and James was at a healthy wight of 13st 7lbs with a truly unbelievable 16 stone lost in just 14 months.

“The more I got to know James through his commitment to the steps and utilising every aspect of the one too one support I offer the real James started to show.”

James has also now joined the One to One team and is working as a consultant himself.





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