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- Philip Kettle, 52, from Romford, weighed 31st 7lb at his heaviest
- The bus inspector has now lost 17st and weighs a slim 14st 7lb
- He was shamed after receiving cross looks from commuters
- Doctors also warned he was at risk of serious health problems
- Swapped snacking and junk food for three healthy meals a day
By Ruth Styles
PUBLISHED: 04:16 EST, 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 05:41 EST, 25 September 2013
A morbidly obese bus inspector who tipped the scales at 31st 7lb has shed more than half his body weight after being shamed for taking up multiple seats on the tube.
Philip Kettle, 52, from Romford, was carrying around the equivalent of 128 bags of sugar in weight after eating unhealthily for almost two decades.
But after warnings from doctors and daily angry stares from commuters, Philip decided to overhaul his diet and now weighs a trim 14st 7lb.
Slimline: Bus conductor Philip Kettle poses in one of his old XXXXXL blazers after losing a colossal 17st
Big change: Philip now weighs just 14st 7lb but used to weigh a mighty 31st 7lb and was morbidly obese
'When you are that size you become withdrawn, withdrawn from society, you don't want to go out to things because people will look at you,' Phillip revealed.
'You become very self conscious that you are being scrutinised. Looks are one thing but the emotional side also takes a right pounding.
'I was ashamed. I was not proud of what I had done to myself over the years.'
At his biggest, Philip had a 60in waist and struggled with simple activities such as climbing the stairs and keeping up with his five-year-old grandson.
'I was eating chocolate bars and various junk food all the time - I have a very sweet tooth,' he added.
'But my health started to deteriorate. I had very high blood pressure. It was quite a shock to hear what the GP said. I was at that point in my life that I realised I had put my family through a lot by being this way.'
Particularly hard for Philip was the realisation that he might not live to see his grandson grow up, which made him increasingly desperate to shed the pounds.
'I was very overweight throughout my daughter's lives but now I have a grandson,' he said. 'I didn't want him remembering his grandfather like that. I couldn't do anything about the past but I could so something about the future.
Relieved: Wife Denise, 52, is thrilled that her husband has finally managed to shift the pounds
Unhealthy: Philip was warned that he might not see his grandson grow up unless he lost weight
'I had just carried on and put off doing something about it for years. But it got to a point where I could not carry on. It was becoming too much.'
Philip's solution was to join Weightwatcher's where he was swiftly put on a programme that replaced daily English breakfasts and carb-laden sandwiches with healthy salads, fruit and vegetables.
Snacking was banned, while weekly weigh-ins helped to keep him on track as the pounds slowly but surely dropped off.
He also started walking everywhere and two years later, he now weighs just 14st 7lb and has a trim 34in waist.
'My blood pressure is back to normal, I am physically fit and I'm off all my medication - the doctor said I have got my health back,' said Philip.
'I used to go everywhere in the car, even short journeys, but now I walk everywhere. I walk to work and as much as I can and only use the car once a week.
'I'm even doing a 26-mile walk for charity, which before was something I could never of imagined doing.
'Everything has changed now. I have changed so much as a person and really come out of my shell. I've never been so happy. I look at myself in the mirror now and I can't believe it.
'My wife says I now turn heads for the right reasons. There are so many things I can do now that I would not do before.'
Happy ending: Philip says his impressive weight loss has made a huge positive difference to his life
PHILIP'S FAT-FILLED OLD DIET
Full English breakfast
Two large sandwiches and a cake.
Tea and a packet of biscuits.
PHILIP'S HEALTHY NEW MENU
Scrambled egg with a crumpet
Low fat curry sauce, chicken breast, rice and chick peas.
Six pieces of fruits a day.
Tea, coffee and diet drinks.
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