Coventry man who weighed 29st scoffing more than 10,000 calories every day

A Coventry lorry driver who used to eat a whopping 10,000 calories every single day lost nearly half his body weight in a year after joining a special fat-busting football league. Vlad Tudose topped the scales at 29 stone after years of unhealthy eating.

Vlad, who is originally from Romania but now lives in Coventry, said: “I moved to the UK with my girlfriend and my best friend, but after seven years we had to break up. I wasn’t taking care of myself and I was in a very negative space, just letting myself go. In all honesty, I had a lack of confidence and care. ”

Before Vlad, 33, moved from Romania to the UK in 2010, aged 20, to study Law and International Studies at Coventry University, he was a ‘fit and active’ sportsman, who split his time between football and rugby pitches and weighed a limber 11st 3lb. However, everything changed when Vlad moved to Coventry as he began to binge eat takeaways and watch TV shows right through the weekends.

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Vlad admitted that his addiction to junk food slowly began to take hold over the years and healthy meals lost out to fried chicken, burgers and fizzy drinks. He also became a regular at his local chip shop. On a typical day, Vlad would scoff three chocolate-filled croissants for breakfast, snack on more chocolate throughout the day and put away a burger, chips and wings for dinner.

He said: “I used to have a wide range of cravings. I would just eat every kind of fast food. Burgers, chips, pizza, anything I could eat. I was having at least a takeaway a day, but it was three different items and a dessert and a large drink. Then I snacked on lots of chocolate, washed down with lots of fizzy drinks. I kept putting the weight back on and then some. “

Diet before (10,000 calories):

  • Breakfast: Two coffees, three croissants with chocolate filling
  • Snacks: Chocolate, fizzy drinks and energy drinks
  • Lunch: Skipped usually
  • Dinner: Chicken burger, chips, cheeseburger, cheesy chips, 12 chicken wings, three fizzy drinks and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

After several years together, Vlad said his girlfriend made the decision to break off the relationship which caused him to spiral even further. He said: “I’d order takeaways three times in the day. I’d turn off the phone and put on six movies in a row, or watch a couple of series.

“I split up with my girlfriend as she couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t even look at myself. I didn’t even have a mirror, so I didn’t really know how bad I looked.



Vlad Tudose at nearly 30st in 2012
Vlad Tudose at nearly 30st in 2012

“I was wearing elasticated trousers, so I really had no idea that I was even getting bigger. I was letting myself go and I wasn’t realizing just how bad things were getting. But my girlfriend didn’t leave me because of my weight di lei, she left because of how I had become and how little I cared about myself. That was a really low point for me. “

But by 2012, wearing 48in waists and XXXXXL tops, he realized something needed to change. Vlad began a long pattern of trying and failing to lose weight, taking on one fad diet after the next. But each time he fell off the wagon and ended up putting on even more weight.

When at his heaviest weight of 29st, Vlad was no longer able to climb a flight of stairs standing up. He recalled a humiliating incident when he called an ambulance because of knee problems but he had to crawl down the stairs as he was ‘too heavy’ for the paramedics to carry.



Vlad Tudose in London in 2012
Vlad Tudose in London in 2012

Shocked and embarrassed about the state he was in, he said: “It was really heart-breaking. It felt like I was living in a nightmare every single day.

“I couldn’t do things that others did, I couldn’t even climb any stairs. I had issues with my knees and I was on the first floor and when I had to call an ambulance, I was too heavy for the paramedics to carry me.

“I had to crawl down the stairs to the ambulance. I was so embarrassed and I was struggling with depression and anxiety.”

All that changed in June last year when he saw an advert for the MAN v FAT football team. He joined one local to his Coventry home and slimmed down to a 14st size medium, which he says has given him the drive to date, adding: “I feel proud of myself now.”

Vlad thought the league, launched in 2015 as an initiative to help men lose weight, was his best chance to lead a healthy life and he threw himself into playing. He said: “It was and continues to be a massive commitment in my life, but I knew this was something I had to do.



Vlad Tudose when he started Man V Fat
Vlad Tudose when he started Man V Fat

“I promised myself I would never be 30 stone again. I was upset with myself and I needed to make a permanent change. “

Soon, Vlad was booking Tuesdays off work so he could play with his team. Matches start with a weigh-in and for each team member who has lost some weight, 0.5 goals are added to the final score. He also started eating more healthily and ditched his takeaways for salads and grilled meat slashing his daily calorie intake from 10,000 to 2,100.

He said: “The next day, I threw away all the unhealthy food from my house. I started having two or three meals a day, things like grilled fish and vegetables.

“Being with a group of people who were all so supportive in the football team was incredible. I was at breaking point so often, when I felt the need to binge, but I’d start thinking about the team and wouldn’t want to let them down.



Vlad Tudose in 2022
Vlad Tudose in 2022

“Whenever I had moments of weakness where I wanted to order a takeaway, I’d think about them. I’d tell myself, ‘If I can’t do it for myself, I’ll do it for them’.”

Since joining the team and taking daily morning walks, Vlad has shed a phenomenal 15st and now weighs 14st but he still has a little bit more to go before reaching his goal weight of 11st 9lbs. After dramatically slimming down Vlad has been able to shop for medium-sized clothes in high street shops, rather than scouring the internet for plus-size garments to disguise his shape di lui.

Diet now (2,100 calories):

  • Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs on toast and avocado and fruit
  • Snack: Dark chocolate and rice cakes
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken, rice and salad
  • Dinner: Grilled beef and a big salad.

He said: “It’s been a massive change to my life. Even my family think I’m completely unrecognisable. And it’s so easy now. It’s just my lifestyle. This is how I live.

“Even just waking up, I have energy and I’m active. My mental health is great and my colleagues all tell me I’m like a different person. I feel like a completely different person, too, and I have a totally different life.

“I’ve been on so many diets before and made so many mistakes, but they were actually positive moments because they brought me here. I would recommend doing this to anyone. “

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