A bus driver from Liverpool may not seem like Gwyneth Paltrow’s target audience for her detox diet plan.
But the GOOP founder’s trendy LA lifestyle of kale juices and colonic irrigation helped crash dieter John lose almost a stone when he road tested the regime for the Channel 4 show How to Lose Weight Well.
John set the bar high; giving himself just seven days to shape up in time for a trip to Florida, but he managed to drop an impressive 10lbs.
He swapped his usual diet of supersized meals and unhealthy snacks at the wheel for a vegetable-heavy diet and regular helpings of ‘Godzilla’ juice – and even braved colonic irrigation in his efforts to slim down, an experience he described as the ‘closest I’ll get to giving birth’.
Bus driver John, left pictured before, weighed in at 15st 1lb. Right, after his seven-day detox he managed to drop ten pounds to 14st 5lbs
He was tasked with eating the vegetable heavy GOOP detox diet, including a ‘vile’ smelling Godzilla juice
‘I am in shock at what I’ve just experienced,’ John said immediately after experiencing his first ever enema.
‘I don’t know what it is like to give birth but that is probably the closest I will ever experience!’
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John complained to his friend Mark – who was also taking part in the Channel 4 diet challenge, and trialling a Slimfast plan – that he had piled on the pounds thanks to his sedentary job driving buses.
‘Me and Mark do a lot of eating together. Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my belly. I find myself snacking a lot on the bus,’ he said.
He was placed on GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow’s 7-day Detox diet, which is based around eating ‘clean’ low calorie meals like smoothies, soups, and lots of hearty helpings of vegetables.
Her GOOP experts claim the week-long detox can help to control unhealthy cravings and clear the gut, and the A-lister recommends supplementing the regime with a colonic irrigation to help shift those stubborn extra pounds.
John wanted to be beach ready for their summer holiday to Florida along with his best pal Mark, adding that he didn’t want to be ’embarrassed’ by his 15st 1lb frame any longer.
He had to drink a ‘Godzilla’ juice containing cucumber, kale, pear and dandelion leaves, which he said smelled ‘vile’, but eventually pronounced ‘quite nice’.
As part of his diet challenge John was advised to have a colonic irrigation – which is loved by Gwyneth
He laughed after the experience which he said was probably the ‘closest I will ever experience’ to giving birth
John had complained that his sedentary job as a bus driver meant he snacked on unhealthy foods and didn’t exercise
The bus driver was also told to visit an infrared sauna to speed up weight loss and avoid all caffeine, alcohol, added sugar, gluten or dairy.
In a week John went from 15st 1lb to 14st 5lb, saying it was the lightest he’s been in 15 years.
But he admitted preparing Gwyneth-sanctioned meals was a lot of work.
‘I would do it again because I did enjoy the food, but I felt like I was in the kitchen for hours and hours,’ he said.
How to Lose Weight Well is available to watch on Channel 4’s All4 platform