Router family lost 364 lbs between them after medical problems inspire new life style
Val, 64, and her husband Trevor, 68, both weighed 300 lbs. Son Simon, 39, could not use normal scales. Combined weight of 994 lbs
Weight loss, down to 639 lbs, helped them beat obesity and cancer
Music teacher, Rob Router – ‘I was inspired to lose weight last year by my mum as part of her recovery from ovarian cancer she was allocated a personal trainer. She’s lost 7st’.
The family, who live in Luton, realised they had a poor lifestyle when they started to suffer from serious health issues from their overeating.
Val, 64, and her husband Trevor, 68, both weighed 294lbs, which Simon, 39, was unable to weigh himself on normal scales and was regularly breaking furniture and splitting trousers.
Once he got a hold of special scales to discover his weight, he found he was a jaw dropping 420lbs.
When Trevor was diagnosed with a brain tumour and Val developed cancer in her knee caused by her obesity, the whole family vowed to address their lifestyles.
They discovered MuscleFood.com and switched their diet to a high protein one, which they teamed with exercise as the weight started to come off.
Simon said: “Back in 2013, my weight was completely out of hand. It’s a miracle I wasn’t diabetic. I’d always been big, but after I graduated from university I just started to pile on the pounds.
“I was having carry-outs around six times a week alongside massive bowls of sugary cereal and bacon sandwiches. I was so fat I broke a sofa and splitting trousers became a common occurrence for me.
“I quit the carry-outsand started eating a high protein low carb diet, ordering my food from MuscleFood.com. I immediately began to see the difference. At one point I was losing 7lbs a week.
“With the weight slipping away so easily it became addictive. I started saying ‘yes’ to any challenges that were thrown at me.
“I’ve done triathlons, the Great Eastern Swim and the London to Brighton cycle. If you’d have told me I’d be able to achieve those kinds of goals a few years ago I never would have believed it.
“Over two and a half years I’ve lost 184lbs and I’m in the best shape of my life.”
Dad Trevor said: “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in November 2011 and was in and out of intensive care for two years.
“Once I was discharged my body was in dire need of care. I was given advice from a personal trainer from the hospital who told me to cut out all the rubbish and start exercising.”
Val added: “I was diagnosed with cancer in my knee due to my obesity and was told if I didn’t lose some weight, I was looking at two years to live.
“We switched our diet completely and now eat egg white omelettes, grilled chicken and salad. I’ve lost 126lbs and Trevor has lost 63lbs and we’ve both never felt better.
“I lost enough weight to have an operation on my knee to help with the cancer and whilst I haven’t got the all clear things are certainly looking much better.
“For me it’s not only helped me physically but my confidence has dramatically improved.
“I love that I can go into any shop now and fit into a size 12. When you’ve dropped eight dress sizes that means a lot.
“As a family we all spurred each other on with our weight loss. We are so proud of Simon getting into shape and embarking on these incredible fitness challenges.”