A MAN who has lost seven stone in seven months says he wants to inspire others to show it is possible.

Ben McEwan said he decided in the first lockdown that he would use the time at home wisely, instead of using it as an excuse to sit around the house.

“Last year I lost four stone, but was a little bit too strict on myself and put five stone back on,” he said. “I’m a steward at Worcester Warriors, so when I was furloughed I wanted to use the time wisely and came back ever harder, and use the time in lockdown to give it another go.”

The 26-year-old said he had not been part of any weight loss group, instead doing it on his own.

He said: “I use My Fitness Pal, an app where you put your target weight in, what you are eating and it gives you a certain amount of calories a day.

“It is a sort of programme but you monitor it yourself.

“Exercise has been the key for me, a lot of walking, jogging, plus smaller portions.

“I have got my wife Alicia and our three-year-old to join me on walks, she has lost weight as well.

“People may be concerned about walks right now, but I just keep it local, walking around the big Copcut Rise estate where I live.

“Losing seven stone I feel so much better for it, especially mental health wise, it has made a huge difference.

“I’m a lot more positive about things now, I find your outlook on life changes as well.

“It was about using something so negative, like the lockdown and everything that is going on at the moment, and turn that into a positive.”

Mr McEwan said another key to the success he found was “keeping at it”, not giving up and being determined to reach the goal set.

“I just want people to look at what I have done,” Mr McEwan said.

“I’m not a fitness fanatic. I’m just an ordinary person that has decided to give it a go, and it has worked.

“I want people to see it and think, brilliant I can do that too.”