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Byline: JACK EVANS News Reporter

RED-FACED dad has shed half his body weight - after being too FAT to fit on an Alton Towers ride.

ABlake Lewis, 33, who tipped the scales at 23st, was mortified when he was told he could not ride with his young daughter.

He had been visiting the Staffordshire theme park with wife Laura, 35, and their children, Sophie, five, and Toby, six, on May 29 last year.

As Blake went to climb aboard the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride in CBeebies Land, he found the safety bar wouldn't fit over his belly.

He was ordered off the ride for health and safety reasons, leaving his daughter in tears.

The embarrassment led to Blake going on a diet and in just under 18 months, he lost an impressive 10st, dropping from a 40in waist size to 32in.

Remarkably, he did not join any weight loss groups - but managed to slim down to 121/2st all by himself by healthy eating and regular exercise.

Blake, a care assistant from Church Gresley, says: "I'd always wanted to lose weight ever since having children, but never had the willpower.

"I'd take my children to the park and play with them and thought I could run better than a lot of slim people.

"I did hear about some overweight friends getting diagnosed with heart disease and type 2 diabetes, but it was not fitting in the ride that did it for me.

"We were told to get off and Sophie was upset because she had to wait while her brother went on the ride with her mum. There were a few tears.

"There was no nastiness from anyone but from that point I said to myself: 'I can't let this happen again.' "That's when I thought enough was enough and I needed to do something about my size."

Blake had piled on the pounds thanks to his addiction to junk food - he would often gorge on takeaways, burgers, fries and crisps.

He has reduced his food intake from up to 5,000 to 1,000 calories a day by cooking healthier meals and freezing them for the week.

Blake also started walking the oneand-a half mile journey to work and set up a home-made gym in his garage.

"Now I've gone cold turkey, I don't get the cravings anymore," he says. "It's all about willpower, being disciplined and cutting out the rubbish.

"Some of my friends and family say I'm an inspiration and a few colleagues at work who want to lose weight ask for advice.

"I tell them to do what I did and Google healthy foods and recipes. The key is meal prepping.

"Every Sunday I'd prepare healthy meals and freeze them or put them in the fridge. When I'd come home hungry, I'd have one instead of burger and chips.

"I did it completely by myself. I didn't go to Slimming World or Weight Watchers or anything like that.

"Stick at it hard for the first few weeks, then you'll be encouraged when the pounds start coming off.

"I have a slim blend vanilla milkshake in the morning, which replaces breakfast and lunch, then lean meat with vegetables in the evening.

"I don't snack and I drink Diet Coke instead of a litre of full-fat stuff I used to.

"I stopped driving to work and started walking. I run a bit and set up a gym in the garage.

"I've never been healthier. And it's thanks to that day at Alton Towers."

Theme park humiliation made him lose 10 stone


| Blake Lewis with daughter Sophie before and after his diet
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Author:JACK EVANS News Reporter
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2019
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