A lardy biker who ballooned to 33 stone after he nearly died in a horrific crash has lost an incredible third of his body weight – in just one year.
Dad-of-two Jon Wilson, 47, was brought back to life TWICE by doctors after the near-fatal crash in November 2002.
He was kept in intensive care for five weeks and was forced to take eight months off sick from work.
But he piled on the pounds during a “nightmare” 2003 which included the death of his grandparent, his house flooding when a water tank burst and his car blowing up.
Incredibly, his back luck continued when he was made redundant just two weeks after returning to his job as an auto electrician in August 2003.
At his heaviest Jon tipped the scales at 33 stone as he started to suffer from depression and his weight spiralled out of control.
But he decided to do something about his lardy frame after his GP referred him to a clinical psychiatrist who diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder.
He then joined Slimming World in 2013 and managed to lose a whopping 12 stone in his first year.
Jon, who now tips the scales at 20 stone, hopes to reach his target weight of 18 stone but has already gone from a gigantic size 62-inch waist to a healthy 38-inch frame.
Yesterday (Tue), Jon, who lives with wife Ann-Marie, 46, in Anstey, Leics., said: “The problems piled up after November 2002 when I was involved in the bike accident.
“I was going around a bend and two cars were coming the other way overtaking horses and one of them hit me.
“I broke every rib, smashed my arm, lacerated my spleen and had bruising to my heart and lungs as well as a displaced disc in my spine.
“I died twice in hospital and was in intensive care for five weeks then had eight months off sick from work.
“But that was only the start. In about a ten-month period my grandma died, the water tank burst and flooded the house, our car blew up and within a month of going back to work in 2003 I was made redundant.
“That nightmare year was the catalyst. My weight spiralled out of control. I was depressed, I wasn’t exercising and I was eating all the wrong things.
“I wouldn’t think twice about having a 1kg bar of chocolate.
“My wife Ann-Marie joined Slimming World in October 2012 and my New Year’s resolution for 2013 was to do the same.
“Deep down I’d been unhappy with my weight for some time but it took me a long time to face up to it.”
Jon, who now works as a technical manager at Volvo Buses, has also won the title of Rothley’s Slimming World Man of the Year 2016.
He added: “Walking into Slimming World the first time was difficult.
“The first week I didn’t think I could have lost weight because I felt I had eaten so much but I had lost a stone.
“It is all about how you prepare and cook the food and just not having too much fibre or dairy. It was an eye-opener.
“I will always be a big bloke. I am 6ft 7in but my waist has gone from 62in to 38in and I can buy off-the-peg clothes.
“I feel fitter and I feel so much better with so much more energy.
“Before losing weight I wouldn’t have been able to exercise. It was hard enough just getting up in the morning, my knees hurt, everything was painful.
Gemma Goddard, who runs Jon’s Slimming World club, added: “Jon has done brilliantly and we are all amazed by his transformation.”
* JON’S DIET BEFORE:
Breakfast – Bowl of cereal followed by four or five rounds of toast.
Lunch – Three rounds of sandwiches, comprising of six slices of bread, along with crisps and biscuits.
Dinner – “Ordinary meals” but involving a lot of fried food like chops.
Snacks – 1kg of chocolate, a packet of biscuits, two or three packets of crisps and “full fat” fizzy drinks.
* JON’S DIET AFTER:
Breakfast – Two slices of bread, tin of beans, two or three poached eggs, cheese, yoghurt and piece of fruit.
Lunch – Ham or chicken or a pasta salad with a yoghurt and two or three pieces of fruit.
Dinner – Meat and vegetables. Instead of fried chips, potatoes are oven baked. Followed by fruit or yoghurt.
Snacks – Small piece of chocolate and the odd pint of beer.
Calories: 1,500 – 2,000