Huddersfield bus driver Richard Stones drops the sausage rolls for celery and wins Mirfield Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2014

New lease of life for bus driver Richard Stones

Mirfield Slimming World's Man of the Year 2014 Richard Stones before and after the diet change

Richard Stones has lived up to his name.

He’s lost two of them in three months to become Mirfield Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2014.

And the 46-year-old First bus driver is a new man.

Before Richard embarked on his new regime, he was falling temptation to the pasty, fish and chip shops and take-aways located near Huddersfield Bus Station. But when he reached 20 and a half stones in February, he decided enough was enough.

He joined Susan Welburn’s slimming club at Old Bank Working Men’s Club, changed his diet and lifestyle and has never looked back. He lost seven pounds in the first week.

He has turned his nose up at the sausage rolls and fatty foods, he’s even stopped drinking. He has religiously stuck to his diet, which now consists of a lot of fruit and vegetables, with celery for snacking. If he fries anything, it’s always in low fat oil.

Richard is one of four men who attends the club, along with more than 100 women. He says the ladies never want to go on the scales after him, as they can never match his weight loss.

He said graciously: “I think it’s definitely easier for men to lose weight than women.

“It’s a total life change for me, I feel so much better and believe I am a better driver because of the weight loss.

I’m encouraging other drivers to change the way they eat, and now our supervisors at First are providing a basket of fruit every day for the drivers.

“I’ve also got an article on the First website about my weight loss, and my partner Susan Lockwood is over the moon and very proud of me.”

Susan Welburn added: “Richard has done very well. He’s made some major changes and makes a very positive input to the group.”

Richard’s target weight is 17 and a half stones, which he hopes to achieve later this year.

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