Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weight Worries Kicked for Good; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Talks to a Dad Who Has Lost Three Stones in Weight Thanks to His Beloved Football Team

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weight Worries Kicked for Good; HEALTH Reporter HELEN RAE Talks to a Dad Who Has Lost Three Stones in Weight Thanks to His Beloved Football Team

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ANORTH East dad has lost a whopping three stones thanks to Newcastle United football club.

Computer engineer David Morton, 42, of Ashington, Northumberland, decided to completely change his diet after meeting Newcastle United Foundation health trainer Stephen Hutchinson last November. Stephen runs an initiative called Premier League Health, which aims to help men improve their health and wellbeing.

David and Stephen met at a focus group at St James' Park, where a group of fathers came together to discuss their health issues.

David said: "It was good to sit down with a group of fathers in the same sort of situation, who were prepared to have a go and change something about their lives for good. I think the majority of us in the group had the same sort of aims and goals."

After the meeting, David was so inspired he decided to change his diet completely, taking more care in his choice of food and portion sizes.

He said: "I have lost three stone since November last year. I still have the odd Chinese or burger, but take into account moderation not excess.

"I'm eating more fruit than ever before and not just the normal apples and bananas. I'm eating fish at least twice a week, more pasta, eating loads of red and white meat, but taking off excess fat or choosing leaner cuts.

"Water is a must and I probably have at least two litres a day. Instead of picking at biscuits between meals, I choose crab sticks or fresh fruit and even carrots just to stave away the hunger pains.

"Basically I'm feeding my metabolism by having the correct food often and frequently during the day. On average I'm probably eating every two hours, even if it's just a healthy snack."

Football was a major factor in motivating David to change his diet.

"Beforehand I noticed just how out of breath I was running around with the bairn," he explained.

"After being in the Army for 15 years where fitness was an essential part of your daily routine, it made me think about how I had succumbed to the takeaway lifestyle.

"Being an avid football fan I was watching how diets have changed over the years and what the foreign players have brought to the English game. …

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