Fitness entrepreneur uses his baby to help shed four stone

A new dad and fitness entrepreneur dropped the four stone he gained when his son was born by exercising with his newborn.

Sion Monty, 30, who owns a gym, was mortified to discover he had hit 16 stone in just six months.

But with his business reputation on the line and wanting to ensure he was a healthy parent to his son Tedi, he ditched the weight with the help of his new tot.

Sion, who also has his own gym clothing line and supplement range vowed to lose weight after he hit 16 stone by doing daily runs, hill sprints and long walks with Tedi in his pram.

But thanks to a diet overhaul and exercising six days-a-week, he lost nearly four stone, buffed up and got super fit for his little lad and proud partner Kara Williams, 27.

Now body-confident Sion – who used to refuse to take off his jumper in the gym – is competing in competitions and inspiring other ‘dad bods’ on social media.

Sion, from Porthmadog, Wales, said: "I didn’t want to be a fat dad. I looked in the mirror and realised that if I wanted to live a long life and see my son live his life I needed to change.

"I was so body conscious and maybe a bit embarrassed because I was known as a fit guy. 
"I knew I had to involve Tedi in getting fit if I was going to fit it in, while spending time with him.

"You should have seen how much he laughed at his dad jogging up the hills. 
"He loves birds, so I would choose walks and runs where he there were lots of birds for us to spot together.

"My exercise had dropped off because I just didn’t have time to spent that time away from the family. But the key was involving them in it.

Sion first piled on the pounds during his first year at university, going from 12st 7lb to 15st 7lb in 2011.

He said the wake up call was being called fat by friends at home and he lost all the weight in one summer.

His partner Kara, an administrator, had their son in July 2017, and being a dad zapped his energy, and he started have takeaways up to five times a week.

"Before my son arrived it was my girlfriend, work and the gym – that was it," he said.

"I ate quite well and enjoyed the odd takeaway at the weekend. I totally underestimated how much having a child actually takes over your life.

"My family came first, then my businesses and soon going to the gym and fitness went out the back door.

"My baby suffered with reflux, he never slept, we were always tired, we didn’t have any time for cooking, and it was really hard work."

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In six months he gained nearly four stones and ballooned to almost 16st, before deciding to take action on Boxing Day last year.

He overhauled his diet, giving himself an ‘eating window’ of midday to 6pm, fasting for 18 hours a day, to encourage his body to burn fat.

Sion consumed around 2,000 calories and exercised six times a week, but to fit it in around his busy dad schedule, he involved Tedi.

He would go for long walks, incorporating hill sprints with the tot in the pram, and go for jogs pushing his buggy.

Tedi was moving on to solid food, so dad and son would eat and try the same healthy foods.

Eight months on Sion has never been in better shape and weighs 12st 10lb, and is lean and muscly.

He’s due to compete in a ‘beach body’ male physique competition next month and wants to write a book about his transformation.

Confident Sion said: "I feel like a different person. I’m so happy.

"I was so, so happy to be a dad, but now I’m happy with my body too and it’s brilliant."

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