Man who struggled to climb stairs sheds 15st after swapping video games for hill walks

Sean Jones tipped the scales at 30st at his heaviest
-Credit: (Image: Sean Jones)


A man who tipped the scales at 30 stone transformed his life and managed to shed half of his body weight. Sean Jones, who struggled to climb stairs at his heaviest, began climbing hills instead and watched the pounds fall off over the next three years.

The 31-year-old got to a stage where he realised he could not continue with his current lifestyle any longer, so he decided to ditch the daily video game marathons and dedicated that time to walking.

Sean, from Cwmbran in Wales, said: "I played a lot of computer games and I was addicted to it. I would get home from work and play on my computer all night. I'd go downstairs to get food, and I'd be out of breath by the time I got back to my room."

The realisation was a turning point for Sean, a labourer, and he decided to make a change. He began going for daily walks, pushing himself further and further each time - seeing results almost instantly, Wales Online reports.

He said: "I just had enough. I started going on walks, making healthier choices with my food, and the weight started flying off me.

"There is a hill behind my house that leads to a mountain, and I would walk that hill every day, I kept getting further and further until my body had enough, then the next day, I'd go a bit further."

Sean lost 15st in three years after switching video games for walking
Sean lost 15st in three years after switching video games for walking -Credit:Sean Jones

Sean, who had issues with his weight after leaving school aged 18, described himself as "a bit of a hermit" and he would rarely step foot outside his home if he didn't need to. He played video games competitively, which only served to exacerbate his addiction because of the pressure to avoid letting his team down.

His diet consisted largely of snacks such as crisps and chocolates and led to him hitting 30 stone in his mid-twenties. He said: "Before I would eat well, but my issue was snacking and a lack of exercise.

"I was very depressed and anxious and self conscious about my weight and how I looked. I would then eat more food to comfort myself which is obviously not a good thing."

Sean had surgery to remove excess skin after his transformation
Sean had surgery to remove excess skin after his transformation -Credit:Sean Jones

Sean began calorie counting and started to learn about the macronutrients, like protein, that he needs in food for his body type. But he attributes the bulk of his success to increased physical activity.

He said: "It was making small changes to what I eat but also working out how many calories I need to eat for my weight and height, but exercise was the main thing for me. I would walk or cycle 20 to 30 miles a day. Every weekend I was hiking. I'd drive to north Wales and climb the mountains up there."

In 2022, Sean underwent surgery to remove excess skin, an operation that he says has been life-changing. Having never been abroad before due to a lack of confidence, he now feels free to jet off and enjoy other countries without having to hide his physique.

The transformation has not only boosted his confidence but also significantly improved his health. After a year of adopting this healthier lifestyle, Sean felt physically fitter than he had been in many years, even though he knew he still had some way to go.

His life has been completely changed since losing weight. He no longer plays computer games, has flown the nest from his parents' home, and has even found a girlfriend.

Last year, Sean said he would be sticking with his regime as he continued to get closer to his goal. He said: "I am now at about 21 per cent body fat and my aim is to get to 18 per cent. I am documenting my journey through my Instagram, @SJ_obese2beast, because that is what I want to be, from obese to beast."

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