Norwich fish shop owners can still seafood and eat it after dramatic weight loss

John and Shirley Tyrrell, owners of S & J Seafood shop in Norwich, have lost a total of eight stone

John and Shirley Tyrrell, owners of S & J Seafood shop in Norwich, have lost a total of eight stone between them. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A married couple who run a Norwich fishmonger can still seafood and eat it after losing a massive eight stone between them.

John and Shirley Tyrrell, owners of S & J Seafood shop in Norwich, have lost a total of eight stone

John and Shirley Tyrrell, owners of S & J Seafood shop in Norwich, have lost a total of eight stone between them. Pictured before their weight loss. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

John and Shirley Tyrrell, 63 and 55, from Thorpe St Andrew, have run S and J Seafood on Magdalen Street for six years and after Mr Tyrrell's overall health started to decline the couple lost the weight in eight months.

Mr Tyrrell, who struggled to walk up the stairs and had sore knees, lost 58 inches from all over his body and hie weight plummeted from 20 stone to 14 stone 7lbs.

His wife dropped from 12 stone 5lbs to 9 stone 7lbs.

The pair joined their local weekly Slimming World club and put their success down to changing their lifestyles, swapping deep-fried fish for baked, grilled or poached fish which they eat on a daily basis, ditching the takeaways and processed food and cooking from scratch.


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Mrs Tyrrell, who started work in the fishmonger trade aged 20, said: 'I have so much energy now. It is fabulous to be able to buy size 12 or 10 clothes. Before I was size 18, pushing 20.

'Over the last 20 years we went on fad diets but they were quick fixes and not sustainable.

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'We can still have huge portions though - we are amazed at how much we can eat My biggest problem before was having a big appetite.

'I never thought I would stick at the new diet - I really went to support John but a year down the line I'm so pleased I made the move to go there.'

Before embarking on her new diet she would skip breakfast, have crisps for lunch and eat large dinners late at night including nachos and cheese, fish and chips and Indian takeaway curries.

Her husband is now in charge of meal planning and she now has lots of fruit - something she rarely ate in the past - seafood salad for lunch and home-cooked curries and baked fish.

Mr Tyrrell, who partly put on weight due to ongoing medication for his leukaemia, said: 'I didn't think I would lose all that weight. Everything has changed in my life. I feel brilliant. I look forward to doing so many more things in my life now I've lost the weight. I have got no pain in my knees and the amount of medication I have to take has halved.'

The pair continue to go to the weekly Slimming World sessions where they have met new friends.

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