A dad who was too heavy to get out of bed to help his baby son after a fall has shed a whopping 12 stone in just over a year.

Neil Maltman, 48, from Glasgow, weighed 23st 2lbs at his heaviest after gorging on hotel food and takeaways while working away from home.

In June 2020, when his eight-month-old son Harry fell out of bed, Neil was terrified for his baby's life - but realised he was too big to hurry out of bed and rush to Harry's aid.

Neil said: "I’ve worked away from home all my life and it got me into bad habits of eating hotel food, pub food, big breakfasts and the weight just began piling on.

"I had my first child Alistair in 2012 and I wasn’t active enough with him at all - it made me very down and I got quite depressed and upset about it.

Neil had a nasty scare when he realised he couldn't rush out of bed to help his son who had fallen out of bed (

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"I had my second child Harry in 2019 and when he was eight-months-old, we were lying in bed together watching TV when he got up and toddled quickly to the edge of the bed and fell off head first."

Terrified Harry might have broken his neck, Neil was frustrated when he realised he couldn't get out of bed immediately to help his son.

Luckily, Harry was ok and even started giggling at his dad, but the fright was a wake-up call for Neil, who knew it was time to do something about his weight.

When he started following the programme, Neil was wearing XXXXL clothes and was unable to play with his sons due to his weight.

Neil recalled: "I wasn’t active enough with my eldest Alistair when he was younger and I was still making the same poor lifestyle choices and mistakes with my youngest Harry.

"My children were what pushed me to lose the weight because I couldn’t continue to be inactive for them and it was setting a bad example."

Initially, Neil, who had a 56 inch waist at the time, cut his calories down to 1,000 per day and swapped takeaways for vegetable-based home cooked meals.

Knowing he needed to make a change and with a 56 inch waist, Neil started the Cambridge Weight Plan 1:1 Diet (

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A year on from starting his journey, Neil has shed an incredible 12 stone (

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Although the dramatic drop in his calorie intake was "a shock" at first, Neil eventually got used to his new diet, and his calorie allowance gradually increased too.

He said: “I’d have chicken, lots of vegetables, fish, steak and some of the Cambridge Weight Plan products like soups and bars to make sure I was getting all the nutrients I needed."

As Neil stuck to his diet plan, swapping dinners like fish and chips for chicken and salad, the weight fell off him.

Now, just over a year after beginning his weight loss journey, Neil has lost 12 stone and weighs in at 11st 2lbs. His incredible progress has seen him win the 'Man of the Year' award by The 1:1 Diet.

He said: "My wife Ann and my parents were so proud and over the moon and it has made such a difference to my life.

"Looking to the future, I’m now working on maintaining my weight loss with the help of my consultant.

"Although the main drive was to lose weight and feel healthy, I want to keep it that way."

More than anything, Neil is grateful he can spend more time playing with his sons and is able to do things he couldn't before.

“Before, I didn’t play with them, I just watched them but now, I join in with them, take them for walks in the park, take them swimming, play football and do rock climbing and we just spend so much more time together.”

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