Married couple say 'I don’t' to takeaways and shed 20 STONE between them
Paul and Claire Alsop lost 8st and 11st respectively
Couple cut out takeaways after fearing they wouldn't live to see their children grow up
13:36 GMT, 17 August 2012
A couple of fast food fanatics became determined to lose weight together after fearing they wouldn’t live to see their children grow up.
Paul Alsop and his wife Claire once skipped meals to gorge on takeways but since their diet shakeup they have lost a staggering 20 stone between them.
Paul managed to lose a massive 8st 5lb, almost a third of his body shrinking from 20st 9 lbs to a trim 12st 4lbs and Claire did even better by dropping more than 11st.
Claire and Paul Alsop lost a staggering 20st between them by giving up takeaways
The pair decided to lose weight after they worried whether they would live to see their children grow up
Now the food loving pair, both aged 30 from Brinsworth, Rotherham, are planning to complete a 10k run next month to raise money for charity.
The determined duo decided on a dramatic change in their diet after fearing they wouldn’t be around to see their children Noah, six and Ruby, four, grow up.
Claire, who dropped from 21 st. 9lbs to 10st said: 'We were both about to turn 30 and wondered whether we would even reach 40 because we were eating rubbish and piling on weight.
'We developed a habit of living on takeaways and fry ups after the children were born. /08/17/article-2189764-14964440000005DC-64_634x1007.jpg” width=”634″ height=”1007″ alt=”The couple have much more energy since their enormous weight loss which helps them run around with their kids” class=”blkBorder” />
The couple have much more energy since their enormous weight loss which helps them run around with their kids
'But now we have the energy we don’t think twice about doing it. I wasn’t embarrassed about how I looked because you convince yourself you don’t look so bad but now I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved.'
The couple used to skip breakfast and gorge on fatty foods and takeaways throughout the day but now they fill up on fruit and cereal in the morning and ensure their other meals are full of fresh ingredients and grill everything instead of getting out the frying pan.
Claire added: 'We have had to buy a bigger fridge freezer because everything is fresh now and the old one wasn’t big enough.
'The kids love the change in us and keep saying “You’re so much skinnier now”.'
The children keep complimenting their parents on how much weight they have lost and it is clear to see
Paul, who runs an electronics company with wife Claire said: 'It used to be so easy just to get a takeaway but now I love being in the kitchen and cooking.
'I’ve always cooked but it’s about how you cook things. I tell people that anything they can get in a takeaway I can make a healthy version at home.
'If it is not fresh we don’t eat it. We were both aware that we were big but I thought I was happy that way. Now we have so much more energy which it great when you have two young children to run around after.'
The couple, who took up running to help use weight, are competing in the Great Yorkshire Run next month next month to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park cancer hospital.