TV personality Jonathan Tapper has revealed how he lost almost three stone in three months after enrolling on musclefood’s Do The Unthinkable healthy eating plan.
The Gogglebox star has gone from 21st 3lbs to a trimmer 18st 8lbs after following our diet and exercise plan. His waistline has dropped from 44 inches to 38.
Chauffeur Jonathan, 51, rose to fame alongside his family – wife Nikki and children Josh and Amy, as one of the favourites on Channel 4 show Gogglebox.
The father of two from North London has struggled with his weight for years and began to pile on the pounds after struggling to fit exercise and regular meals into his day.
Jonathan would enjoy fried breakfasts on the road before chowing down on high calorie service station sandwiches, along with a couple of packets of crisps for lunch. He was soon consuming well over 3000 calories a day.
Now, Jonathan enjoys three regular meals a day, including high protein porridge for breakfast and protein rich chicken and steak dishes for lunch and dinner, and has dropped his calorie intake to around the 1800 mark.
Rather than snacking on crisps, Jonathan now eats protein bars and high protein chicken snacks that he can keep in the car.
Jonathan said: “I love food and love to eat so keeping the weight off has always been a struggle for me. I’ve lost weight a few times, through cutting out the rubbish in my diet and upping the exercise, but over the years the pounds have slowly crept back on.
“I’ve never been one for short-term quick fix diets – for me it’s always been about making a lifestyle change not just wanting to lose a few pounds for a special occasion.
“Before the family joined Gogglebox I worked in the food industry and after becoming a chauffeur, spend the bulk of my day sat behind the wheel getting no exercise. Neither job allowed me the time to get out of the car and head to the gym.
“Filming for Gogglebox could take up to 12 hours a week and that was 12 hours that I was paid to sit around without moving.
“In 2015 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and since then have become more conscious of my lifestyle choices but that hasn’t stopped the weight creeping on and the blood test results getting worse.
“For me the Do the Unthinkable plan came at the right time. My last lot of blood tests went up which set alarm bells ringing.”
Jonathan also exercises. He has gone from doing no exercise to working out at home or in the gym up to four times a week. Jonathan even parks the car a mile away from the gym and walks to get the extra exercise in!
He continues: “Since starting the programme my focus has changed. It’s not all about work anymore, instead it’s me and my health, making sure I get my exercise in and eat at the same time every day.
“I now plan my working day around when I need to eat. Musclefood have made that really easy. The plan provides three ready prepped meals and a day and three snacks so there’s no excuse not to eat well. If I get peckish, I’ll buy a cucumber rather than crisps and break it into chunks – that always fills a gap.
“The food has been great – very tasty and varied. I loved the protein pizza, the recipe kits were great when I had a little more time at home to cook and the prepped pots were perfect when I was on the go.
“If I knew I was going to be out on the road I’d heat up meals and eat them cold and if I was close to home, pop back and eat early.
“I never used to have dinner until late, 9pm would be the norm. Now I prefer to eat earlier rather than wait. It’s meant I avoid snacking and don’t consume all those extra calories.
“The exercise side of the programme is really straight forward. There are around four 30 minutes HIIT workouts a week which you can do from home and fit in to your day where ever you can. These have been great – they’re a mix of high and low intensity exercise which really get you moving and feeling good.
“They are challenging – but I’ve really noticed a change in my physical ability since I started and as the weight’s dropped off and my flexibility had improved, it’s much easier to move around.
“The ease of the programme was the thing that has really made this work for me. All the meals were freshly prepped and delivered to my door, they could be cooked and ready to eat in minutes and were all tasty, filling and nutritious.
“It was easy to set up too. All I had to do was select breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day and my snacks. That was it. Everything else was sent direct to me.
“The support from PT Steve Ahern who devised the programme was hugely beneficial, as was the DTU community Facebook group who backed me the whole way and kept me motivated.
“Physically and mentally I feel better than I ever have. There’s no going back to my old ways, snacking on crisps and eating high calorie food. I’m going to keep on with the Do The Unthinkable workouts and meals plans and will hopefully see more weight fall off."
The 12 week Do The Unthinkable diet and exercise plan combine low calorie and low fat meals, which are delivered fresh to your door, with high intensity workouts.
There are over 100 meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with three snacks each day.
Workouts can be done from home – there’s no need to join a gym or buy equipment – all you need is a bottle of water and some room to move around.
Personal trainer Steve Ahern, who devised the plan, is on hand to provide support, encouragement and advice and customers can also support each other through the active Facebook community group.
If you want to take part in the Do The Unthinkable plan yourself, click the button below and....