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MAN V FAT - MIKE'S STORY

Kettering Man v Fat participant returns to a healthy BMI after losing 18.4kg in the last year and a half

10 June 2024

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MAN V FAT - MIKE'S STORY

Kettering Man v Fat participant returns to a healthy BMI after losing 18.4kg in the last year and a half

10 June 2024

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 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 then weighed to monitor weekly weight loss with extra goals been scored depending on the number of your team losing weight.

Please read Mike’s story below:
“You know it’s time to lose some weight when you’re breathing in as much as you can to do your jeans up. In summer 2022 when I started struggling with my wardrobe, I knew I had to do something about it.

"I tried a few things. Weight Watchers, Slimming World but they were all lonely, joyless experiences and nothing seemed to work.

"I started looking for a ‘veterans’ football team to join. I’d played regular 5 a side ten years previously and had really enjoyed it but had moved away and lost touch with it. While I was looking for a local team, I stumbled across Man V Fat on the internet and the idea of a weight loss and wellbeing programme alongside the chance to play football again was really appealing. I applied and joined the waiting list.

"I was allocated to a team in Kettering in October 2022 and was immediately welcomed by all the players and our captain, Matt. Having that contact before turning up on your first night really puts you at ease and you very soon felt like one of the team.

"All the regular lads there were really welcoming, supportive and friendly – whether you were on their team or not. The banter was great, and it was good to be having a laugh and kicking a ball about again. There are guys at Man v Fat of every shape and size – some really good players and some not but the one thing that everyone has always been is supportive and positive with each other.

"I found the weigh ins at the start of the evening really focuses your mind. Losing weight means extra goals that are added to the score on the pitch, so you aren’t just trying to lose weight for you but for your team. That camaraderie and team support really helps as you’re all working together.

"Recording what you eat in your ‘tracker’ also gains you extra goals so you can feel as though you’re contributing to the team even if you aren’t the world’s greatest player. It took me a while to realise that the tracker is a really easy way to gain extra goals for the team and is vital to losing weight. I didn’t realise how much I was actually eating during the day until I started recording it properly and keeping track of the calories. This was a real turning point for me in controlling my weight and achieving regular small amounts of weight loss over the weeks.

"Another key thing I’ve learnt is not to worry if you go a few weeks without the weight moving. It sometimes seems that you’re doing all the right things, and nothing happens – then suddenly it does, and you lose a chunk in a week. The support of the team keeps you going through these times and there are always the more experienced lads there to chat to about trying different things.

"So, a year and a half later, I’ve hit my healthy BMI weight, have lost a total of 18.40 kgs and changed my lifestyle. I’m much fitter, have more energy and am feeling great. I can’t thank the other lads, our group organiser, Akshay, and all at Man V Fat enough. It’s been a great experience and something I’ve really enjoyed every step of the way.”

If you want to find out more information about Man v Fat or get involved at our Northampton or Kettering sessions, please visit: ntfccommunity.co.uk/man-v-fat


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