Weight loss: Man shed 14st naturally after son asked if he was ‘going to die’ at 27st – Express

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A weight loss journey can begin for many different reasons, for Matthew Riggs, 35, from Basildon, decided to overhaul his diet and focus on getting fit and healthy after his son asked him if he was “going to have a heart attack and die”. Matthew spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about his impressive 14 stone weight loss which he achieved without surgery. 
Back in March 2019, Matthew explained he started his weight loss journey when he weighed 27st 2lb.  Within three years, he lost 14 stone and now weighs 13st 2lb. 
The number on the scales is not the only change Matthew has experienced, he used to wear a 50-inch waist in trousers and now a 32-inch waist, he’s also gone from wearing 4XL tops to now medium or large. 
So how did he lose so much weight without any medical intervention? 
Matthew revealed the reason why he decided to lose weight: “My son came home from school and had been learning about the human body. He asked me if I was going to have a heart attack and die [because of how much I weighed].” 
READ MORE: The Chase’s Mark Labbett looks slimmer than ever at TV Choice Awardsmatthew riggs weight loss In terms of how he lost weight, Matthew said he “joined the gym and trained seven days a week”. 
Two days a week he focused on “cardio only” and the other five days were for weight training. 
In terms of his diet, Matthew made some significant changes; “I cut out three takeaway meals and a bottle of dark rum a day” and instead, went about researching what he should be eating to achieve weight loss. 
“I just looked online, on YouTube and watched lots of videos and found men should be eating 2,500 calories a day, so I worked out what the calorie deficit [for weight loss],” he added. 
Matthew ate around 1,500/1,700 calories a day and shared the meal plan that helped him lose 14 stone. 
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Breakfast consisted of 50g of oats with a scoop of protein powder, followed by lunch which was 200g of chicken, 250g of potatoes, 100g of green vegetables. 
For dinner, Matthew opted for 150g of turkey meatballs with hot sauce, 75g of pasta and 100g of green vegetables. 
He also had a few snacks; three rice cakes with peanut butter for example, or a Square’s bar, or protein shake to help curb hunger pangs or cravings. 
Matthew ate these meals every day, and would have an “off-plan meal at weekends with family”.  
When asked whether he consulted a nutritionist, doctor or healthcare professional about the best way to lose weight, Matthew said he did it “all on his own with no PT or coach”. 
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“I was so motivated that I never needed anyone,” he explained. “If you want something bad enough you can get it.” 
Losing weight isn’t easy, especially when you have a lot to lose, and Matthew said the hardest thing was plateauing – when the calories you burn equal the calories you eat and weight loss isn’t achieved. 
But he had some advice: “When you plateau and don’t think anything is working, you must stay consistent.” 
Looking back, Matthew is incredibly proud of his weight loss, especially since he has “failed so many times before”. 
Now he has “significantly more energy and drive” to “rollerskate and play football” – two activities he wasn’t able to do before weight loss. He is also generally “more confident”.
Matthew’s weight loss has led him to take part in body transformation shows. 
He said he signed up to “show his children anything is possible and to never give up”. 
“I won first place at the Pure Elite bodybuilding show in April 2022. The prize was in their body transformation category, at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent.
“To win, I beat six other competitors in a judged category. I had a picture of me before my journey began in the background, I walked on stage as I look now and went through a two-minute posing routine,” he explained. 
He’s also setting his sights on helping others lose weight with his own fitness app, PHAT2FIT. 
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