Former Premier League star Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has lost seven stone following gastric sleeve surgery.
The ex-Liverpool and Spurs defender, 54, who has also appeared on reality TV shows I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity MasterChef, told MailOnline that the surgery “saved my life” after admitting his eating and drinking was out of control.
He was inspired to have the procedure by James ‘Arg’ Argent, who lost 13 stone since having the same surgery in May 2021, after meeting the former TOWIE star, 35, at a celebrity football match.
Speaking exclusively, Razor says his weight jumped up to 27 stone during the lockdown after discovering takeout service Uber Eats and being able to order ice cream directly to his home.
Razor said: ‘I struggled during Covid, that was a big factor, sitting on my bum at home got bigger and bigger. I became lazier.
Former Premier League star Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has lost seven stone after gastric sleeve surgery (pictured in 2019)
The ex-Liverpool and Spurs defender told MailOnline the surgery ‘saved my life’ after admitting his eating and drinking had gotten out of hand (pictured after surgery)
He was inspired to have the procedure by James Argent, who has lost 13 stone since having the same surgery in May 2021, after meeting the former TOWIE star at a celebrity football match.
“I was eating a lot of takeout and making bacon sandwiches just to have something to do.
“It really didn’t help when they released Uber Deliveries, I got ice cream from Co-op… it’s f****** madness.
“It was just fate that I met Arg at a charity football game. I knew I had to get it done after seeing how great he looked.”
Speaking of how his life was in danger, he added, “I feared for my life, absolutely.
“I know a lot of people will read this and say I cheated, and I’ll tell you what I did… I cheated death.
“The road I went, who knows how long I could go on like this.”
The England international, regarded as one of football’s most colorful characters, underwent surgery on September 8 at the Transform Hospital Group, the specialist clinic that also operated on Arg.
Father-of-four Razor, who has been married for ten years to former glamor model Leah, 41, explained how doctors removed two-thirds of his stomach so he can no longer overeat as he fills up faster.
Father-of-four Razor explained how doctors removed two-thirds of his stomach so he can no longer overeat as he fills up faster (pictured in 2013)
Considered one of football’s most colorful characters, Neil underwent surgery on September 8 at the Transform Hospital Group, the specialist clinic that also operated on Arg.
James has lost 13 stones following gastric sleeve surgery in 2021. In addition to the procedure, he underwent a tummy tuck in January to remove excess skin around his abdomen (pictured in 2019)
He said, ‘I can still eat whatever I want, but now I can only eat about four bites.
So when I’m at my local curry house, I’ll order three dishes and take a bite of each. I get the same satisfaction because it fulfills me.’
He continued, “It also takes away some of the hormones. I can drive through McDonald’s with the kids and I want nothing. Whereas before, even if I wasn’t hungry, I would have had it.
“My usual order would be a big Big Mac meal, a Filet-O-Fish, a cheeseburger, and a chocolate milkshake… that was delicious.”
Razor, who was fitted with a pacemaker after being diagnosed with a heart problem when appearing in the 2020 ITV1 series Harry’s Heroes, started experiencing pain in his knees due to his weight, which has now decreased.
And the ex-Millwall and Southampton star was also a heavy drinker, but his surgery has left him unable to consume fizzy drinks, so his favorite drinks beer and cider are off limits, although he can still enjoy a glass of wine.
“I now understand my wife’s wine hangovers, I used to tell her to pull herself together,” he joked. “But I get it now, they’re so painful.”
The popular after-dinner speaker, who also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013, plans to shed “a few more stones” by continuing his new healthy lifestyle, while also taking up more golf as he is no longer a buggy needs to get around. class.
Razor also says he feels even more confident posing nude, something he did regularly when he was a guest on Sky Max’s comedy sports panel show A League Of Their Own.
He added: ‘The old wedding gear has gotten much bigger, I can do helicopters and stuff with it. I can really see it now!’