Andrew wins big on Supersize v Superskinny

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A supersized Black Country man has swapped fry-ups for fruit and veg in a bid to shed pounds on hit show Supersize v Superskinny.

A supersized Black Country man has swapped fry-ups for fruit and veg in a bid to shed pounds on hit show Supersize v Superskinny.

Andrew Stain, aged 33, hit 28 stone at his heaviest and became severely depressed because of his size.

The former club singer of Westbury Avenue, Wednesbury, was at his lowest ebb when he contacted the TV show, desperate to shed the weight for good and make a drastic lifestyle change.

Since the show provided him witha diet plan, Andrew has shed five stone in just seven months and is well on his way to hitting his 18 stone target.

The show invites two extreme eaters - one very overweight and the other severely underweight - to swap diets in an attempt to change the way they view food and eating.

The father-of-two, who contacted the show weighing 25 stone, had to live with six stone Hannah Ames-Greaves, 29, for a week, eating her meagre diet.

At the same time Hannah had to tuck into his man-sized portions of takeaways and fry-ups.

From eating kebab and chips twice a day to consuming a meal consisting of just four fruit pastilles was a shock to the system, but gave Andrew the wake-up call he needed when it came to the amount he was eating.


He said: "The crunch came a couple of years ago when I was on a plane to Greece and the seatbelt wouldn't fit round me.

"And I know that as my son got older he would start to copy his dad's eating habits and that I couldn't diet any more.

"It would have to be a complete lifestyle change."

Andrew shed six stone through the Cambridge diet - consisting soley of milkshakes - two years ago.


But he became ill and ended up putting most of the weight back on and fell into severe depression.

He said despite feeling self conscious about his body, he saw the show as his last chance to change for good.

"I used to watch the show on TV and thought maybe this was what I needed," he said.

"I didn't think I would hear back, but within a week they replied and within a month I was filming in London.

"When you prepare a meal that you would eat and give it to someone as tiny as Hannah it is like you are looking at it with new eyes.

"The show isn't just about swapping diets. It is about looking at why you eat the way you do.

"I had always thought I had been big all my life, but when we went through my old photos I realised that wasn't the case. I have started to like myself a lot more since being on the show."

In addition to changing his diet and lifestyle Andrew, husband to Samantha 30 and dad to Jake, aged seven and son Stanlee has also made a firm friends in superskinny Hannah.

He said: "We have kept in touch and she has been up from Bristol to see me and the family.

"She has probably helped me keep going even more than the show itself.

"Samantha has also been really supportive.

"I think the most surprising thing for her is that I have actually started to cook, which I never did before."

Under his new regime Andrew is now enjoying cornflakes and skimmed milk for breakfast, a sandwich or a chicken wrap for lunch and a dinner of meat, potatoes and vegetables.

He has also bough smaller plates to help with portion sizes.

The show will be aired on Channel 4 at 8pm on April 20.

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