"I used to weigh 31-stone (200 kg, 434 lbs) until I made lifestyle changes in 2001 and halved my body weight, whilst presenting diet and fitness sessions to celebrities on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast UK TV show (1 million daily viewers).
I am a Gay father-of-one, who was born on 27th January 1978 in Burton-upon-Trent, East Staffordshire, and grew up in the village of Hatton, South Derbyshire. I have a naturally happy and positive attitude which gravitated me to work in the wellbeing industry. I am a award winning registered exercise professional and was inspired to study holistic health and nutrition with the CHEK Institute (USA) in 2008, after a life changing visit to the poor North African villages of Upper Egypt, where I found the people their to be happy and healthy.
I attended my very first slimming club in Etwall, Derbyshire, with my Mum when I was 13-years-old, weighing 19-stone. I lost 8-stone in a year. One thing that really helped me was the club recommended exercise sessions, so I attended my first fitness class (Step Aerobics) I loved the music and fitness fun so much, I knew from that moment I wanted to teach fitness classes myself.
I have been coaching overweight clients myself since 1994. When I was aged 16-years-old, I led fitness sessions for my large family in the local school hall. I started official training as a fitness instructor on my 18th Birthday.
Also at this time I went to Catering College in Buxton to learn how to be a chef. This was a recipe for disaster for a food lover like me. I was still teaching one fitness class a week, but as I learned how to make the most delicious cakes and pastries, plus got a sedentary job in a call centre, I piled on the pounds and weighed 31-stone by the year 2000 when I was 22-years-old.
In this same year my daughter Phoebe was born. A few months after the birth the pressures of a new baby became too much and I split up with my fiancée, Phoebe's Mum. My new daughter gave me inspiration to want to live a more healthy and active life, plus the split had given me the motivation I needed.
I started teaching some new fitness classes in Derby for overweight people only. They became hugely popular and this gave me another reason to start being a role model for others.
The press coverage of these classes landed me a job on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, teaching my very own weekly diet and fitness slot "Lose it with Jody."
Through diet and exercise alone I got to my goal weight in 3-years, and went on to teach fitness full time. I have taught my high energy and fun classes in all the leading health clubs in the local area.
I still found it hard to maintain my weight, and this is why I started to study holistic health and look for lifestyle plans, rather than diets.
I joined WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) as a Wellness Coach in 2018 as I love their new holistic lifestyle approach to weight loss and health. The flexible approach to weight loss means I can still enjoy all foods and maintain a healthy weight. My mission in life is to now help 1 million people get to their goal weight with WW.
My work in the Midlands, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Germany, Greece and Egypt, has featured in the media. My YouTube Channels have over 4 million views, and includes a infamous video of me having a colonic irrigation live on Channel 4's The Salon TV show.
Daily I love presenting on Facebook Live sharing weight loss tips and new workouts.
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