Snooker legend John Higgins looks unrecognisable after dramatic weight loss

December 16, 2021
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John Higgins is not the man he used to be - and that's a good thing.

The four-time world snooker champion now looks almost unrecognisable in comparison to his appearance in early 2021, at which point his weight had ballooned to 15 and a half stone.

However, the Scot has since undergone a strict fitness regime, and his work seems to be paying off having reached four tournament finals this season - finishing runner up at the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Champions of Champions tournament, and most recently the Scottish Open despite hammering old rival Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 in the semi final.

Higgins weighed over 15 stone at the World Championships in April
Higgins weighed over 15 stone at the World Championships in April

His season did end in frustrating fashion this week with a shock early exit to Tom Ford at the World Grand Prix in Coventry, but the 46-year-old's new shape has undoubtedly benefited his form.

Like many, 'The Wizard of Wishaw' admitted to falling into some bad habits during lockdown, indulging too much in food and alcohol and failing to follow any kind of strict exercise regime.

He duly started regular sessions on a static bike to address his fitness issues, although said his motivation was his own wellbeing, and not improving his ability at the table.

"It’s not helping me pot balls but it is helping me lose weight, he told The Sun.

"I just seem to be a little bit addicted to them [static bikes]. I go three or four times a week.

"I enjoy getting up in the morning and doing an hour of training. It will be tough because when I am starting to travel to tournaments again I will need to find some spin classes there or go on the bikes in the hotels."

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Higgins has now shed three and a half stone

Higgins, who conceded most players on the tour prefer running to cycling, said he currently weighs around 12 stone.

"It isn’t going to be the reason I’ll pot balls better. It is for my whole wellbeing really," he continued.

"I was too heavy for how small of a guy I am. You don’t see it in yourself. It is amazing. I couldn’t see that I was getting steadily bigger.

"You are happy with your life and who do you have to look good for? I have my wife and my kids. It is a good thing I’ve started doing it."

Higgins, currently ranked at no 6 in the world, has 860 century breaks to his name.

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