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I used to weigh 31stone but now I'M MUSH THINNER.

Byline: By RICHARD SMITH

SOME people find it hard work shedding the extra pounds, but for one man it was easy-peasy.

All Robert Matthews did was start eating lots of greens... mushy peas, that is - three times a day.

And the results have been dramatic as the nightclub boss dropped 13 stone in a year, going from 31 stone down to 18.

Robert, 42, said: "I had been through every diet, but nothing worked.

"I was eating takeaways all day and up to 15 bags of crisps in the club.

"Now I've swapped it for mushy peas and it's worked a treat."

Robert used to eat in restaurants virtually every night and often pigged-out on 27 starters before a large main course and pudding.

He spent years eating six meals a day - including pies, kebabs and burgers - washed down with six pints of Guinness.

All of his XXXL clothes had to be shipped in from America because he couldn't find his waist size in Britain.

But Robert got his wakeup call on a holiday in Barbados last year.

He said: "One day I was snorkelling and decided to get back on the boat.

"I couldn't do it and it took my friends all their strength to pull me aboard. I was so embarrassed. I was ashamed and at that point I thought my lifestyle needs to change."

The father-of-one, from Penzance, Cornwall, now has a controlled diet of three portions of mushy peas a day and paid pounds 14,000 for a gastric band to be fitted, making his stomach the size of an egg cup.

He added: "The weight has just dropped off. It feels great to be a normal size again."

WHAT HE USED TO EAT

15 bags of crisps

Pies

Kebabs

Burgers

Six pints of Guinness

Fry-up

Bacon sandwich

Pasty

Chinese takeaways

WHAT HE EATS NOW

Mushy peas

Mushy peas

Mushy peas

richard.smith@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2008
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