“SOMEONE was checking my shopping trolley out the other day to see what I had in there, they must have been trying to catch me out.”
Kevin McLernon laughed at an incident which showed how his life has changed, since millions of people tuned in to follow his weight loss journey and watch him win the grand final of Biggest Loser 2012.
It’s not surprising the 38-year-old is turning heads after dropping his weight from a massive 32st 2lb to 19st 4lb in less than six months.
“It’s really strange getting recognised everywhere I go,” said the Seaburn Dene property developer.
“But people have been brilliant and I have had nothing but great, positive comments.
“I do find that when I am talking to people about my weight loss they seem to be waiting for me to tell them some amazing secret of how I did it, but there isn’t one.
“There is no magic solution at all. It is all about exercising and eating less.”
And for Kevin and niece Amy, who entered the Biggest Loser house together and took first and second place, it was hard work from day one.
“You just don’t expect it,” he said.
“I thought they would give us a day or two to get settled in and get to know the other contestants, but no way.
“They got us up at 6am the first morning to start training and I don’t think we had a break for the next eight weeks.”
Amy, 23, who lives in South Shields with her partner Chris, and young son Christopher, proved hard work and determination ran in the family, by shedding 32.7 per cent of her body weight, from 19st to 12st 11lbs.
She said: “It was all so worth it, I am a better mam now because I can do so much with Christopher, including swimming, which I wouldn’t do before.”
Uncle and niece are now more determined than ever to make sure they don’t return to their former, fatter selves, with Amy hoping to drop another couple of stone and Kevin aiming to get to his target weight of 15st.
Sunderland trainer and kickboxer, Stuart Roper, who runs Armageddon Fit in Southwick, is putting Kevin through his paces, helping him shed the rest of his excess weight.
Kevin said: “Stuart’s been great, I love doing the boxing. I really enjoy exercising now.”
And, to make sure he stays on the right path, Kevin plans to keep setting himself challenges to work towards, which he says will keep him motivated.
Over the coming months he is planning to climb Ben Nevis, do the Sunderland 10k run and the Blaydon Race.