Man who suffered an asthma attack sheds nearly four stone in lockdown

Man, 40, who piled on the pounds following a life-threatening asthma attack sheds nearly 4st in lockdown thanks to tracking his calories, ditching the takeaways and daily HIIT workouts

  • Peter Cooper, 40, of Yorkshire, lost nearly four stone during the three lockdowns
  • He reduced his weight from 16 stone 7 pound to 12 stone 11 pound at his lightest
  • His weight loss is thanks to tracking his calories and daily workouts since June

During the nation’s lockdowns, many Britons have battled weight gain, with gyms closed and working from home meaning greater proximity to the snack cupboard.

But some have used it as a chance to kick-start a healthier routine, even managing to boast an impressive weight loss – including Peter Cooper.

The 40-year-old father-of-two, from Yorkshire, piled on the pounds amid suffering from a life-threatening asthma attack in May 2020, but was eager to turn his life back around and lost four stone in just nine months.

His weight loss journey first began after Peter was left feeling ’embarrassed’ when seeing a photograph of himself at his largest, weighing 16 stone 7 pound.

In June 2020, Peter joined former TOWIE star Mark Wright’s fitness programme Train Wright, which saw him complete daily HIIT workouts, start tracking his calories and ditch the takeaways. He now weighs just 12 stone 11 pound. 


Peter Cooper (pictured before his weight loss, left, and right, after), 40, from Yorkshire, piled on the pounds amid suffering from a life-threatening asthma attack in May 2020, but was eager to turn his life back around and lost four stone in just nine months

His weight loss journey first began after Peter (pictured recently) was left feeling ’embarrassed’ after seeing a photograph of himself at his largest, weighing 16 stone 7 pound

In June 2020, Peter (pictured in hospital amid his asthma attack) joined former TOWIE star Mark Wright’s fitness programme Train Wright, which saw him complete daily HIIT workouts, start tracking his calories and ditch the takeaways. He now weighs just 12 stone 11 pound

An avid marathon runner, from 2018 to December 2019, Peter unfortunately suffered from poor mental health, leaving him with little motivation to exercise.

He told FEMAIL: ‘I put on nearly four stone during this period and it was an incredibly difficult time. I was not inspired to get my fitness back on track. 

‘But one day I asked my wife to take a photograph of me and after seeing this photo, I decided to make a change.

‘Up until seeing the picture of me at the highest weight I didn’t really care about my appearance or fitness – but I was embarrassed when the picture was taken.’ 

An avid marathon runner, from 2018 to December 2019, Peter (pictured recently) unfortunately suffered from poor mental health, leaving him with little motivation to exercise

Peter’s diet before 

Breakfast: Cereal, sometimes a Full English breakfast 

Lunch: Sausage rolls or pasties

Dinner: Takeaways

Snacks: Chocolate, crisps, sweets

Peter’s diet now

Breakfast: Protein smoothies or porridge with fruit

Lunch: Eggs, fresh fish, chicken with a mix of healthy carbs

Dinner: Homemade meal

Snacks: Protein/Greek yoghurts

At the beginning of 2020, Peter commenced his weight loss journey. However, this transition wasn’t smooth sailing: ‘I started with running, but due to my lack of training and overeating, I was still struggling to lose weight.’  

WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a common but incurable condition which affects the small tubes inside the lungs.

It can cause them to become inflamed, or swollen, which restricts the airways and makes it harder to breathe.

The condition affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood. Symptoms may improve or even go away as children grow older, but can return in adulthood.

Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, a tight chest and coughing, and these may get worse during an asthma attack.

Treatment usually involves medication which is inhaled to calm down the lungs.

Triggers for the condition include allergies, dust, air pollution, exercise and infections such as cold or flu.

If you think you or your child has asthma you should visit a doctor, because it can develop into more serious complications like fatigue or lung infections.

Source: NHS  

Then in May 2020, he faced yet another challenging hurdle as he suffered an asthma attack, leaving him in hospital for days before returning home to rest and recover.

Peter was given two shots of adrenaline in an ambulance called when he first started suffering the attack, which doctors suggested saved his life.

‘I’ve been told it was life threatening by the doctors and if the ambulance hadn’t arrived when it did it may have been a different outcome,’ Peter said.

‘I was also diagnosed with pneumonia. I was put on oxygen and admitted to hospital – luckily my COVID tests were negative, but I was eventually diagnosed with a severe form of asthma.’

Peter’s incentive to lose weight now exceeded aesthetic reasons, offering him more motivation to shift the pounds. 

For both his mental and physical well-being, Peter’s incentive to obtain a healthy lifestyle was at the forefront of his mind.

He recalled: ‘I knew I had to make a change and the pandemic reiterated how important it is to be healthy. As I couldn’t run very far, I needed to try something else, which is why I joined Train Wright in June 2020.’

Since starting his fitness journey, Peter has completed four workout programmes: ‘I’ve finished the 4 Week Fat Burner, The Next Level, Shred in 6 and the Christmas Trimmings exercise plans. As the weight started to come off my standard of training also improved.’

Now father-of-two Peter is adding muscle to his slimmed down physique by following a high-protein diet.

‘I now actively track my calories and pay more attention to my diet. I eat more chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables and healthy fats – consuming between 1700-1900 calories a day,’ he explained. 


Then in May 2020, Peter (pictured left before his weight loss, and right, after)) faced yet another challenging hurdle as he suffered an asthma attack, leaving him in hospital for days before returning home to rest and recover

Peter’s family have also started to eat healthier food – a positive by-product of his personal fitness journey.

Despite his history with running, Peter has found that his weight loss results with his HIIT plans have been the most consistent and feels incredible for it.

‘I feel unbelievable following the weight loss, my asthma is more controllable. Considering I couldn’t originally complete some of the exercises and now can keep up is great. 

‘My mental health has also improved greatly, and I look forward to exercising – making it a key part of my day.’

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