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MAN V FAT - DAVID BARRIE'S STORY

From Overweight to a Healthy BMI - How David turned his life around

14 December 2023

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MAN V FAT - DAVID BARRIE'S STORY

From Overweight to a Healthy BMI - How David turned his life around

14 December 2023

After a year on the Northampton Town Community Trust Man v Fat Kettering programme, David lost 19.6kg and returned once again to a healthy weight!

The Man v Fat Football league is a male specific programme which takes the love of football, and allows men to lose weight alongside playing the game. Men aged 18+ with a BMI of over 27.5+ are placed into teams and devise their own team’s name. A 6 a side football match is then played with the final score being placed into a league, however that is only half the score! Men are the weighed to monitor weekly weight loss with extra goals been scored depending on the number of your team losing weight.

Please read David’s story below:
“I had been looking at the Man v Fat programme for a couple of years before I started in October 2022. I spent most of my 20’s working in retail management with erratic working patterns and not particularly looking after myself physically or mentally, I couldn’t really commit to anything on a consistent basis which is why I took so long to join. A career change to the typical 9-5 office job allowed me to make this happen. I hadn’t played football for the best part of 10 years, and I was just genuinely so happy to get out there playing again at Man v Fat Kettering.

"I started off fine for the first 8-10 weeks of my first season, losing about 3-4kg and was closing in on my 5% weight loss target. Then I sustained a shin injury, and I lost a bit of focus, I was in a lot of discomfort but refused to stop playing so ended up playing in goal for the cup semi-final and final, which we won! I struggled with focus over the first half of the following season as I just constantly felt down and frustrated as I couldn’t shake off my injury (I realise I probably should have rested it) and I felt like I was constantly getting ill. The weight started piling back on….

"I hit this point in March where I had literally put all the weight back on again and realised I needed to do better, I was a vice-captain and I needed to be a role model to my team. I then went on a rampage of losing weight every week for approximately the next 6 months. The secret to my success… I CHANGED MY LIFESTYLE! This included: starting my Personal Training studies, I would get up at 6am 3-4 mornings a week so I could work out before work, I improved my dietary choices (although I would still enjoy the odd treat at weekends), I would complete 10,000 steps most days of the week (even with an office job) and I even completed the Northampton 5k in June. Sounds a lot doesn’t it? But I absolutely thrive on it now.

"I finally hit my maintenance weight of 72.2kg on 22/11/23, 13 months on from when I started at 91.8kg. In 2023 I achieved so much, just at Man v Fat I’m 4x Cup Winner, 2x Top Scorer, 1x Biggest Loser, 1x League Winner and 1x Scales League Winner. I have achieved my 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% weight loss and am now living in the maintenance zone as a BMI Boss. Man v Fat Kettering has created a great framework for my success and helped me keep on track, I have also met some amazing people there and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I would recommend it to anyone that loves football and wants to shift a bit of weight."

Since August 2021, Man v Fat has launched a few more leagues around the county including Kettering and Northampton. They are growing and they offer an outlet to those in the North Northants area. The Kettering League saw over 300kg of weight lost in its inaugural season, now with a total combined loss of over 450kg with some participants recording a 30% weight loss.

Both leagues have places available so if you are male aged 18+ with a BMI over 27.5 then this could be the programme for you.

If you want to find out more information about Man v Fat please visit: ntfccommunity.co.uk/man-v-fat


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