Neil Ruddock reveals weight loss transformation after gastric sleeve

Neil Ruddock looks brilliant after his six stone weight loss (Picture: @neilrazorruddock25/ITV)

Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has opened up about his major weight loss journey after he underwent gastric sleeve surgery last year.

The ex-England footballer, 54, admitted his weight crept up to 27 stone during lockdown, but he has now lost over six thanks to the operation, which he claimed has ‘saved [his] life’. 

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star went under the knife in September last year after being inspired by Towie’s James ‘Arg’ Argent, who lost 13 stone since having the same operation in May 2021.

‘After years of struggling with my weight, I decided it was finally time to take action,’ the star wrote on Twitter.

‘Last year I had gastric sleeve surgery with @WeAreTransform_ & I’m well into my weight loss journey, to date I’ve lost 93lbs. This is a fresh start & I’m excited about this new chapter.’ 

Speaking to MailOnline, Neil said Covid was a ‘big factor’ in his weight gain as he recalled ‘sitting on my backside at home getting bigger and bigger’ after ‘struggling’ in the pandemic. 

Neil Ruddock Tottenham Hotspur 1992

Neil Ruddock was a brilliant defender for Spurs and Liverpool (Picture: Allsport/Getty Images)
Razor has previously said he was a ‘heart attack waiting to happen’ (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Neil shared his weight loss transformation with his 305k Twitter followers (Picture: @realrazor/Twitter)

‘I got lazier,’ he recalled, as he explained: ‘I was eating loads and loads of takeaways, making bacon sandwiches just for something to do.

‘It really didn’t help when they brought out Uber Deliveries, I was getting ice cream delivered from Co-op… it’s f****** madness.’

But Neil called it ‘fate’ when he met Towie’s Arg at a charity football match and knew he had to make a change.

The footballing legend must be really proud of himself (Picture: @realrazor/Twitter)

The ex-Liverpool and Spurs defender ‘feared for [his] life’ at his largest, and credited the operation and subsequent weight loss as having ‘cheated death’.

‘The way I was going, who knows how long I could continue like that,’ he said.

Back in 2019, Harry Redknapp told Neil to get himself checked out after he seemed to be struggling while filming alongside other football legends for TV show Harry’s Heroes.

Following blood tests which revealed he could drop dead any moment, Neil described himself as a ‘heart attack waiting to happen’.

You got this, Razor.

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