How new fa­ther Sion went from dad bod to su­per-bod in an in­cred­i­ble six months

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - LAURA CLE­MENTS Re­porter laura.cle­[email protected]­

“W HEN the big­gest man in the town comes up to you and says ‘Christ, you’ve put some weight on’, you know you have to do some­thing about it.”

Porth­madog is not a big town, and Sion Monty was used to be­ing known as the “fit­ness guy”. But it was that com­ment that re­ally hit home and made Sion take a look at him­self.

Sion had al­ways been into fit­ness and nu­tri­tion. But six months af­ter the birth of his first son, Tedi, Sion had some­how gained a “dad belly” and was liv­ing an un­healthy life­style.

With his rep­u­ta­tion on the line and hat­ing his own body, he vowed to lose the weight for his son.

Fast for­ward 10 months and Sion has ditched the “dad bod” and trans­formed his physique. To­day, he com­petes in com­pe­ti­tions and coaches oth­ers look­ing to change their own bod­ies.

“Af­ter Tedi was born, fit­ness got pushed out the win­dow,” said the 30-year-old gym owner.

He fell into bad habits and with no time to cook ended up eat­ing take­aways most nights of the week.

The fi­nal straw was see­ing some “silly pic­tures” from a photo booth at an amuse­ment ar­cade. He had reached his all-time heav­i­est at 16 stone.

“Once I saw the pic­tures, that was the mo­ment I knew I had to change.”

In the new year he over­hauled his life­style and diet.

Sion said: “In Jan­uary 2018, I re­alised that I had to make changes and put health as one of my pri­or­i­ties, es­pe­cially if I want to live as long as I pos­si­bly can to see all my son’s achieve­ments in life.

“I didn’t want my son look­ing back at pic­tures of him when he was small and see­ing me like I was.”

Think­ing of ways to lose weight at the same time as spend­ing time with his fam- ily, he bought a spe­cial­ist run­ning g buggy: “Fam­ily time be­came my gym m time.”

In the morn­ings, he could be found nd do­ing hill sprints push­ing Tedi in front. nt. He ditched his lunch breaks and in­stead ad headed to the gym to lift weights. And nd the fam­ily would go for long walks at the he week­end.

He soon no­ticed changes, and not just ust to his body shape: “Long walks have ave brought us more to­gether as a fam­ily.”

He cre­ated a video di­ary to chron­i­cle cle his jour­ney, and the de­light on his face as his abs start pok­ing through the on­ce­ce­flabby belly is al­most pal­pa­ble.

By Septem­ber 2018, Sion was ready to en­ter his first men’s physique com­peti­ti­tion. At the time, he was fol­low­ing a strict ict diet to get his body ready for com­peti­ti­tion, but ad­mit­ted he has re­laxed this sa a bit since.

“It’s about find­ing a bal­anced lifeestyle,” he said. He has lost more than an four stone and is no longer ashamed d to flaunt his body at the gym.

“When I look at where I was in Jan­nuary com­pared to where I am now, it makes me feel proud.”

Since em­bark­ing on his trans­for­rma­tion, Sion has taken over the fam­ily gym in Porth­madog. He also runs his own gym cloth­ing line and sup- ple­ment range.

Af­ter study­ing crim­i­nol­ogy at uni­ver­sity in 2010, Sion re­alised nu­tri­tion was his pas­sion and got into the fit­ness nu­tri­tion in­dus­try. He now owns three of his own com­pa­nies.

“I’m glad I did put on weight and was told I had got fat, be­cause oth­er­wise I would never have got to where I am now,” he said.

Be­fore and af­ter: Sion Monty, from Porth­madog, lost 4st stone in just six months af­ter hit­ting 16st. Inset below, Sion with part­ner Kara and baby Tedi

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