Table of Contents
Obese Dibsy, 28, who lost 20st in a year reveals he has ‘massively struggled’ to maintain his weight loss after the Covid-19 lockdown had huge ‘effect mentally’ on him
- Darren McClintock, 28, from Middlesborough, weighed 40st at his heaviest
- He enlisted the help of personal trainer Mike Hind, who helped him lose 20 st
- Mike encouraged weight loss by putting up posters banning him from takeaways
- Dibsy admitted his weight has crept on while struggling to cope with lockdown
A man who lost a staggering 20 stone in just 12 months has revealed the weight has crept back on after his world was ‘turned upside down’ by the Covid-19 lockdown.’
Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock, 28, from Middlesbrough, hit the headlines last year when it emerged he weighed 40 stone before dropping half of his body weight after embarking on an epic weight loss journey last year.
His no nonsense personal trainer, Mike Hind, banned Dibsy from local takeaways in a bid to turn his life around after doctors warned he was ‘eating himself to death.’
However the duo appeared on This Morning today to explain Dibsy struggled during the coronavirus pandemic to maintain his weight loss, with Dibsy saying: ‘I couldn’t train and it was having a massive effect mentally, we [Mike] had contact everyday, but couldn’t see each other…It was up to me to train but I struggled massively.’
Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock, 28, from Middlesborough, who lost a staggering 20 stone in just 12 months, has revealed the weight has crept back on after his world was ‘turned upside down’ by the Covid-19 lockdown’ (pictured, before his weight loss)
Despite losing half his bodyweight , he admitted on the show today that he has seen weight creep back on after his world was ‘turned upside down by lockdown’
Appearing on the show, he said: ‘I was around about 20 stone and I felt great. But then lockdown hit and my world got turned upside down
‘The first two or three weeks I managed it, but then it started to creep in.’
Before his weight loss Dibsy was told that he would need to lose ten stone in order to have life saving heart surgery to fix his irregular heartbeat, and underwent the procedure last year.
He was unable to work-out at full capacity for months following the procedure to restore his normal heart rhythm, and was finally back in the gym by February.
Last year the 28-year-old lost 20st with the help of personal trainer Mike Hind (pictured) after being told by doctors that his life was at risk
Unable to visit the gym, Dibsy has noticed gradual weight gain, and said on This Morning today that being unable to see Mike and train at the gym had a massive ‘effect mentally’ on him
After gaining weight during the first lockdown in March, Dibsy tried desperately to get back into the gym.
However it left him struggling with his heart, as he revealed: ‘I had trained myself at the gym and after I put the weight on in the first lockdown I said “Let’s take control of it now”.
‘I took control of it but I took it too far and put myself back into it.’
He added: ‘I have an appointment on January 5 with my consultant and he’ll review me and [say] what happens next, but my goal now is just to get the weight off over Christmas.
Trainer Mike noticed Dibsy putting on weight over social media, and admitted to hosts Holly and Phil (both pictured) it was difficult not to reach out to him
Determined to stay positive, he added: ‘I have my plans in place now to have a better 2021.’
Trainer Mike said throughout the year he had noticed Dibsy putting on weight over social media, and admitted it was difficult not to reach out to him.
He explained: ‘Dibs went away to Bristol to do some [work] training and we weren’t together.
As much as I wanted to say “Dibs you’ve put on weight”, I had to let him come to me.
Viewers praised Dibsy for his efforts in the gym, while some pointed out that closing gyms during the Covid-19 crisis can also cause health problems
‘He couldn’t go the the gym and it just got too much I think, everyone struggled but for Dibsy his routine was going to the gym twice a day.’
Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise the duo, encouraging Dibsy to ‘keep going’ with his weight loss, and pointing out the detrimental effect shutting gyms can have to people’s health.
One wrote: ”Closing gyms can cause health problems too. Watching Dibsy on #ThisMorning is proof!’