Sunderland fat busters have got to lose to win

Ultimate Loser finalists l-r John Sproston, Phill Watson, Scott Matthews and Victoria Mitchell
Ultimate Loser finalists l-r John Sproston, Phill Watson, Scott Matthews and Victoria Mitchell
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SAY hello to our final four fat busters.

They’ve pushed themselves to their limits to beat off the competition, and now these four are all hoping to be crowned Sunderland’s Ultimate Loser at the final weigh-in.

The competition, in association with the Fitness Bank in Ashbrooke, has seen our contestants go on a tough journey of weight loss, calorie counting and increased physical exercise in a bid to lose the most weight and inches.

Finalists Vicky Mitchell, John Sproston, Phill Watson and Scott Matthews have been battling it out alongside eight other super slimmers for the past 12 weeks to change their lives – and now it’s the final countdown.

Teacher Vicky, 26, from Fulwell, said: “I’m feeling really good. I’m having to buy new clothes because my old ones are too big, and I feel so much fitter. The competition has given me a big push, but I still have a little bit of weight to lose.”

Lifeguard Phill, 29, from Chester Road, Sunderland, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, and my next challenge is training for a 10k run. My trainer has been putting me through my paces this week to give me that extra push, but just losing the weight is enough for me – it doesn’t matter if I win.”

Scott was put forward for the competition by his fiance who he says didn’t think he would make it past the first round. The 38-year-old support worker from Pennywell said: “I’m excited to be in the final. I have been training every day to make sure I give myself the best chance.”

Fireplace installer John, 38, from New Herrington, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, and the training has been first class. My wife has said I look better, so I just need to keep it up once the competition is over.”

l See the Echo on Tuesday to find out who is this year’s Ultimate Loser.