SLIMMING hero Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock is celebrating losing 20st – by showing off his new girlfriend.
Dibsy feared he had no a chance of having a partner when he weighed 40st.
Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock has lost 20 stone – and found love with trainee nurse Jade Haswell[/caption]
Darren thought he’d never have a partner when he weighed 40 stone[/caption]
But after a gruelling 12-month fitness regime and a strict diet he has halved his bodyweight – and found love.
Trainee nurse Jade Haswell, 28, got in touch with him on Facebook to wish him luck on his weight loss journey.
They hit it off online before going for their first date at a bowling alley.
They are now an item and Dibsy, of Middlesbrough, couldn’t be happier.
He said: “Jade is such an amazing girl. She’s so caring and is really supportive of my weight loss and what I’m doing.
“The two of us just click and get on so well.
But he shed the weight by sticking to a gruelling exercise schedule[/caption]
The pair met on Facebook[/caption]
Dibsy has given up fizzy drinks and booze and swapped takeaways for a calorie-controlled diet and exercise[/caption]
“It’s great to have someone like that in my life – 18 months ago I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.”
Dibsy, who has daily sparring sessions in the boxing ring as part of his fitness regime, added: “I’m definitely punching above my weight.”
He hit the headlines last year when gym owner Mike Hind took him under his wing to help him lose weight.
‘EATING HIMSELF TO DEATH’
Mike banned Dibsy from local takeaways after doctors warned he was “eating himself to death”.
At the time he was single, couldn’t get a job, couldn’t go to the cinema because the seats were too small for him and had to book two seats whenever he travelled by train or plane.
He couldn’t even wear a watch because he couldn’t find a strap big enough to fit around his wrist.
Before losing weight Dibsy used to feast on takeaways[/caption]
Jade has been supportive of her partner’s weight loss[/caption]
He gave up fizzy drinks and booze and swapped takeaways for a healthy, calorie-controlled diet.
And The Sun told in September how he had achieved remarkable results – he shed half his body weight and even completed this year’s Great North Run.
Dibsy said Jade, also from Middlesbrough, first messaged him last year at the start of his weight loss journey to say good luck.
‘MEANT TO BE’
They arranged to meet and went for a walk at a nearby beauty spot, which coincidentally is where Dibsy spread his dad’s ashes.
He said: “When she said she wanted to go there I knew it was meant to be.”
Personal trainer Mike, 36, is delighted Dibsy has found happiness.
He said: “When Dibsy and I first started working together I asked him what he wanted to achieve.
“He told me he wanted to a girl to settle down with, just like all his friends have.
“To see him achieve that now after putting so much work in is incredible, I’m so happy for him.
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“Dibsy and Jade make a great couple.
“It just goes to show what eating well and keeping fit can do for you, it’s completely turned his life around.”
Dibsy is now hoping to have surgery to remove excess skin left as a result of his weight loss and said: “It’s onward and upward from here.”
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