No weigh! Father who was 16st at his heaviest and’didn’t recognize’self after ballooning during lockdown loses four stones in five months and becomes European bodybuilding champion
- Tim McGibbon, 33, from Lincolnshire, weighed 16-and-half stone at heaviest
- He piled on pounds during lockdown and after birth of daughter
- Got stuck in a rut so decided to start a weight loss journey
- Lost four stone and became a European bodybuilding champion
An overweight father who lost 4st in just five months and became a European bodybuilding champion now wants to inspire others on their weight loss journeys.
Tim McGibbon, 33, from Lincolnshire, weighed 16st 7lb at his heaviest after ballooning during lockdown, and’didn’t recognize what he saw’ when he looked in the mirror.
After previously taking part in a bodybuilding competition in 2019, the teacher and online coach decided to use a contest- Global Physique Organizations Battle of Den Helder as motivation, entered himself, and began his weight loss journey.
In a bid to get lean again, he started eating a healthier diet and upped his training regime to a combination of cardio and weights five or six times a week. He now weighs 12 and a half stone.
Tim, pictured before his weight loss, weighed 16-and-a-half stone at his heaviest after ballooning following the birth of his daughter during lockdown
He decided to enter a bodybuilding competition to motivate himself to get lean again and trained five to six times a week, eating a healthier diet. He became a European bodybuilding champion at Global Physique Organizations Battle of Den Helder
When Tim wants a snack now he has porridge oats with maple syrup as a quick and simple option
Tim piled on the pounds during lockdown and after his daughter was born, saying that he had become’lazy’with his food.
‘We were in lockdown and I was unable to train –I became really lazy with my food and that’s when the tiredness set in,’ he said.
‘I was left feeling unhappy. I knew I had got myself into a bad position health and fitness wise and needed to get back on track ASAP.’
The 33-year-old decided it was time to take action and make his health and fitness a priority, admitting that he was’stuck in a rut.’
The new father does cardio and weight training and also aims to hit 15,000 steps a day and eats meals including chicken, vegetables and white fish
He used some of the Skinny Food Co products as well as eating meals such as chicken, vegetables and white fish.
And he now snacks on porridge oats with maple syrup when he wants a healthy and quick treat.
Tim said:’It was an incredible feeling to represent team UK in Holland recently and to win overall competition in my category.
‘My goal now is to keep competing, run my two businesses to the best of my ability and enjoy life as a father –I’m excited for what is to come.’
Tim advised anyone wanting to lose weight to create a plan and stick to it as well as believing in themselves
Sharing his tips for weight loss and wanting to help others, he said:’My biggest piece of advice is to create a plan and stick to it –you have to believe in yourself.
‘It doesn’t matter if you lose 1lb or 10lb, progress is progress no matter how small.
‘Take photos of your weekly progress so that you can see your body changing even when the scales aren’t –progress is easier to document when you’re tracking it with your own eyes.’
He said that after his weight loss journey, he is feeling much better in himself and happier than ever taking care of his young family.
Tim added:’I am so much happier with the way I look, but more importantly, the way I feel mentally. I want to help everyone I can and tell them to not be afraid to ask for help.
‘Reach out on forums, WhatsApp groups, or even at your local gym –there is help around every corner’.
6 large meals a day, 6 cups of tea a day each with 2-3 sugars
Regular takeaways, eating curries, cottage pies, chicken covered in mayonnaise for lunch and dinner. Lots of sauces straight from the jar high in sugar, salt and fat.
Anything to satisfy the sweet tooth in the evening, sweets, chocolate bars, etc.
Enormous portions of chicken dishes for lunch covered in curry sauces and other unhealthy sauces.
Breakfast: Porridge oats covered in Skinny Food Co low-sugar maple flavoured syrup
Lunch: Chicken, Veg, and Skinny Food Co low-calorie BBQ sauce
Dinner: Skinny Food Co low-calorie Southwest sauce on white fish and rice