24 stone pipefitter got stuck between planks – and he knew it was time to act


A pipe fitter lost nearly 11 stones in less than a year after receiving a strange alarm clock – when he got stuck between planks of floor while working.

Daniel Mann, 32, of Halifax, tipped the scales at more than 24 stones when he got stuck moving from floor to floor while installing pipes at a Victorian property.

A comic image shows the father of two completely unable to move and howling with laughter at the extraordinary situation he found himself in.

Her coworkers went into hysterics for 20 minutes before finally helping her – but only because it was the end of the day and they wanted to go home.

A coworker pulled Daniel’s arms from the ground floor while another, who had come down in front of him, pushed out from below before he finally came out.

Daniel Mann who lost 11th in less than a year

Daniel said: “I saw my mate fall and I thought, ‘Oh, it’s going to be ok’, but then I got stuck – I couldn’t get out.

“I called for help and when they saw me they burst out laughing, they couldn’t believe what I had done.

“Even though I could see the funny side and started laughing, I was actually very embarrassed.

“It made me think about what kind of height I had reached and that something really had to be done.”

Weeks later, in April 2019, Daniel and his wife Deborah, a 31-year-old office administrator, joined Slimming World and embarked on an epic weight loss journey.

Daniel said: “I was a little worried at first because I had always associated it with the kinds of things women do.

Daniel Mann before losing 11th
Daniel Mann before losing 11th

“But after I got there and met everyone, I immediately felt included and knew I had made the right decision.”

Before changing his life, Daniel regularly ate fast food like pizza and fish and chips, adding that he often dined twice in the evening.

He said: “I used to have the biggest ass you could think of at lunchtime – bacon, sausage, cheese, black pudding, you name it. They would be huge.”

However, with the support of Deborah, as well as that of their children, Harry, six, and Rosie, three, Daniel has adopted a whole new healthy and balanced diet.

Her daily food intake includes oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch, and Slimming World recipes for spaghetti bolognese and a stew for dinner.

At his first Slimming World reunion, the 32-year-old weighed 24 pounds and a waistline of 44. Now, just nine months later, he’s down to just 15 pounds and 5 pounds and a slim build of 34.

Daniel Mann with his wife Deborah
Daniel Mann with his wife Deborah

He admitted to sticking his work mates before they saw how much weight he was losing with his diet.

He said: “The guys got a kick out of me first, they knew my old eating habits and they didn’t think I would be able to stick to the diet.

“They kept asking me ‘what are you eating, rabbit food?’ They kept asking me if I wanted an ass, because they knew I loved them.

“But they all saw the weight loss and I hung on to it – they can’t believe it. The jokes stopped and they know I did right, they respect me for it.

“One of the guys even joined Slimming World because he was so inspired by my success. He asked me for advice and said he wasn’t quite sure if it was for him, but I told him to go in. Don’t be afraid, go ahead and do it.

“He has lost two stones since September.

Deborah, who lost 14 kilos 11 kilos to 12 kilos 4 kilos on a diet with Daniel, described it as “inspiring”.

She said, “I wanted to reduce the weight I had on our wedding day after gaining weight while our daughter was pregnant.

“I feel so much healthier and happier. I put myself back into my smaller clothes and my friends and family always compliment me on my weight loss.

“Losing weight together was so much easier than trying to lose it on your own.

“Daniel is so inspiring with his weight loss and he’s keeping me on track. I couldn’t have done it without him.”

The father-of-two also admitted he lost weight, in part, for his own father, Stephen, who sadly died of cancer last year at the age of 68.

He said: “My dad spoke very frankly and he told me very directly that I needed to sort it out and lose weight.”

Daniel received the motivational words after his father learned he would die of the disease, and says his father’s death in June of last year gave him added impetus to succeed.

He said: “I just wanted to prove to my dad that I could do it and make him proud.

“Fortunately, he could see that I was on the right track before he passed away in June of last year.”

Daniel’s Slimming World consultant Tamina Oates paid tribute to him, adding that she was “incredibly proud” to have him in her group.

She said, “Watching and sharing his weight loss journey is a privilege.

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“He’s so inspiring and often shows up in one of my other groups when he can’t make his own, which the members love because they all follow him on our Facebook page and wait for his weekly updates.

“He and his lovely wife Deborah are members of Slimming World and the changes I’ve seen for both of them are just amazing.

“Its motto is ‘plan, prepare and succeed’ and it is living proof of life that can be enjoyed with a healthy lifestyle.”

Despite his incredible success at this point, Daniel’s final goal is to get down to 14 stones.

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