30 stone dad sheds half his body weight after struggling to squeeze on to a two-seater sofa

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A FORMER 30-stone dad has shed HALF his body weight after struggling to squeeze on to a two-person sofa.

Tony Howland, 43, broke every other chair in the house due to his huge 58inch waist – except for his favourite living-room lounger.

 Tony Howland, 43, broke every chair in the house - apart from his favourite two-person sofa� SWNS.com Tony Howland, 43, broke every chair in the house – apart from his favourite two-person sofa  After seeing a shot of him on the sofa, he lost an incredible 15 stone over two years, and now looks tiny in the chair� SWNS.com After seeing a shot of him on the sofa, he lost an incredible 15 stone over two years, and now looks tiny in the chair

In two years, Tony’s weight plummeted from 30 stone to 15 stone and he was able to throw out his 58 inch trousers for a slender 34 inch waist.

The drastic change occurred after his wife Karen, 41, took a picture of him bulging out of the enormous black leather couch at their home in Suffolk, and he was shamed into losing a whopping 15 stone.

Care home manager Tony said: “I was forever breaking chairs. That was a moment of realisation without a shadow of a doubt.

“Seeing that picture, I realised my family were the most important thing to me and I wanted to see their future. I couldn’t do that at 30 stone.”

 Care home manager Tony said he was forever breaking chairs at his largest weight� SWNS.com Care home manager Tony said he was forever breaking chairs at his largest weight

Tony’s weight bulged as he gorged on huge meals, usually eating through “three-man-sized portions” in one sitting.

He said: “Whether it was a roast dinner, a portion of chips or McDonald’s, it was pure volume and I wasn’t paying any attention to what kind of food it was.

“I would easily get through five double cheeseburgers.

“My life consisted of getting out of bed, getting in the car, sitting in the office, getting back in the car, sitting on the sofa and going to bed.”

 Tony's weight bulged as he gorged on huge meals, usually eating 'three-man-sized portions' in one sitting� SWNS.com Tony’s weight bulged as he gorged on huge meals, usually eating ‘three-man-sized portions’ in one sitting  He was able to throw out his 58 inch trousers for a slender 34 inch waist� SWNS.com He was able to throw out his 58 inch trousers for a slender 34 inch waist

At 20 stone, Tony gave up going abroad on holiday because flying became too uncomfortable and he struggled to walk more than 500 yards without having to stop to rest.

He said: “Asking for a seat-belt extension was embarrassing. Sitting began to hurt and just getting to the terminal was quite hard.”

But after the abrupt wake-up call, Tony was inspired to shed the pounds for the sake of his three children.

He joined a Slimming World group near his home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and began following a diet of “free” foods such as fish, poultry, veg and fruit as well as cutting back on high-calorie meals and snacks.

 Last year, he also managed to climb Mount Snowdon with his 12-year-old son Ben. Pictured with wife Karen, 41� SWNS.com Last year, he also managed to climb Mount Snowdon with his 12-year-old son Ben. Pictured with wife Karen, 41  After the abrupt wake-up call, Tony was inspired to shed the pounds for the sake of his three children� SWNS.com After the abrupt wake-up call, Tony was inspired to shed the pounds for the sake of his three children

Last year, he also managed to climb Mount Snowdon with his 12-year-old son Ben and boarded a plane for the first time in almost two decades.

Tony confessed: “It was an absolutely amazing feeling to click that seat-belt and be able to sit down. There was a real sense of achievement.

“I started by walking to our local Tesco Express, about a half-mile round trip. Then I increased it up to a mile then further and further.

“The more I lost, the easier it became and the more I did it. Now I can walk 21 miles.”

 At 20 stone, Tony gave up going abroad on holiday because flying became too uncomfortable� SWNS.com At 20 stone, Tony gave up going abroad on holiday because flying became too uncomfortable  Tony has set up a Facebook support group to help others with the psychological journey of weight loss� SWNS.com Tony has set up a Facebook support group to help others with the psychological journey of weight loss

Tony used to suffer from sleep apnea, where the sufferer has trouble breathing while asleep.

The condition is more common in overweight people but Tony was recently given the all-clear by his doctor.

Tony, who also runs regular walking groups with Slimming World members, now has his sights set on scaling Ben Nevis.

 Tony used to suffer from sleep apnea when he was overweight, where the sufferer has trouble breathing while asleep� SWNS.com Tony used to suffer from sleep apnea when he was overweight, where the sufferer has trouble breathing while asleep  He now runs regular walking groups with Slimming World members� SWNS.com He now runs regular walking groups with Slimming World members

He said: “People say to me ‘Your life must be completely different’ and my response is that I live in a different world.

“The physical journey is quite apparent but the psychological journey of weight loss is a whole different kettle of fish.

“It’s probably tougher than the physical journey really.”




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