‘Daddy, I didn’t know you could run’: Father shamed into losing 9st in six months after becoming too fat to play with daughter
Mission accomplished! Chris Willis and his daughter, Sophie, both fit into the clothes he wore before losing a nine stone
A doting father lost 9st in just six months after being shamed into dieting when he became too fat to play with his young daughter.
Morbidly-obese Chris Willis, 47, tipped the scales at 27st 7lbs following a lifetime of fry-ups, takeaways and pork pies.
The painter and decorator had to take long pauses just to climb the stairs or walk more than a few yards. He also carried an inhaler to treat his obesity-induced asthma.
But overweight Chris turned to dieting when he realised he was too fat to play with his ten-year-old daughter, Sophie, who had a passion for running.
The determined dad-of-one cut out all the fatty foods he had binged on, and began exercising. He now weights 16st 7lbs after losing a stone-and-a-half every month since July.
Chris, who lives in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, with his wife Jackie, 51, a coach driver, said: ‘The hardest thing was seeing my little girl in the garden and not being able to join in because I was so unhealthy.
‘But now I am making up for lost time – we do so much together and it is just great.
‘A few months ago when I started getting active again I remember chasing my daughter around the garden.
‘When she suddenly turned around with an amazed look on her face and said, “Daddy, I didn’t know you could run”.’
Delighted Sophie said: ‘I’m so proud of my dad. It’s brilliant being able to run around and play with him.’
Before and after: Chris before he started losing weight (left) and showing off how loose his old clothes are now
Chris used to tuck into an incredible 5,000 calories a day, before he swtiched to a healthy lifestyle.
On average he would eat five slices of buttered toast for breakfast before a full English breakfast as a mid morning meal.
He would then eat a sandwich, a large pack of crisps and a pasty for lunch before chomping on a whole packet of biscuits in the afternoon.
For dinner Chris would demolish a curry, ice cream, and sink four pints of beer, before grazing on fatty snacks all evening.
‘The hardest thing was seeing my little girl in the garden and not being able to join in because I was so unhealthy’
Amazingly Chris claims he still eats the same amount – but has simply cut out the unhealthy fatty foods.
Chris said: ‘At 13, I was 18-and-a-half-stone and I remember a teacher pointing this out to the whole school.
‘From then on I was picked on and bullied. My weight went up and up. But I now have a new found freedom.
‘My family and friends have been so supportive and my wife and daughter are so pleased for me. In fact it’s them I did it for more than anyone else.
‘The whole journey has been amazing and I am still shocked myself that I have managed to lose so much weight.’
Chris is now aiming for a new target weight of 15st.