Big Daddy: Amazing Loser Dan Cooper
Having kids is usually a massive wake up call for overweight men. Aside from the responsibility and fun of changing nappies and making sure your child doesn’t stick its fingers in sockets, it’s a weird feeling to know that this wriggly little thing looks up to you and will depend on you for years and years to come. Naturally, you want to make sure you’re the best dad you can be and you want to stick around for as long as you can. For Amazing Loser Dan, this meant joining MAN v FAT football and finally losing the weight that held him back from playing with his kids…
- Name: Dan Cooper (ask him anything on Talk)
- Location: Stoke on Trent
- Height: 5’9″ (175cm)
- Age: 31
- Highest weight: 253lbs (115kg)
- Lowest weight: 174lbs (79kg)
- Plan: Calorie counting and limiting carbs
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
I used to weigh about 100kg (220lbs) and lost about 15kg (33lbs) for my wedding, I was happy at that weight but after having my first child I stopped going to the gym and started eating unhealthily again, over the course of 4 years my weight went up to 115kg.
What made it different from the times before?
I really wanted to do it this time because I didn’t want to become a 40 odd year old overweight man having a heart attack and leaving my kids without a dad.
Is there anything else we should know about your weight loss story?
I’ve applied for the new series of Ninja Warrior, I have no idea if I’ll get on the show or not yet but I applied to give me something to train for and to show what a difference can be made in 12 months as it’s being filmed 12 months from when I started my journey. So I haven’t finished yet. My body fat is around 10% at the moment but I want to get a little leaner and build some more muscle. This is the best chance I’ll ever have of getting a real 6 pack so while I’m on a roll I’m not stopping.