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Diet: Size Matters to Men

As new research shows one in four men are insecure about their weight and two thirds of them want to lose weight, two Ipswich men are bucking the trend and feeling better than ever after losing over twelve stone between them.

Data from Slimming World’s annual National Slimming Survey, conducted by YouGov, reveals that 26 per cent of men ‘usually’ feel unhappy with their weight. The 2011 poll also found that 66 per cent of men want to slim down, with the average man hoping to lose two stone seven pounds.

Like these men, Brendan Taylor spent years feeling unhappy with his weight and desperate to slim down. But now it’s a different story. He’s dropped down so many sizes since joining his local Slimming World class and now he’s been named Ipswich’s Slimming World Man of the Year 2011.

Brendan said, “I hated being overweight and I did try to do something about it, I’d go to the gym and watch what I ate but I’d never lose much weight – if any. I’d always thought that slimming groups were just for women, but it was clear ‘going it alone’ didn’t work for me and I needed some extra motivation. So when I saw Slimming World advertised locally I decided to give it a go and it was the best decision I could have made.”

Brendan began following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which is a big hit with men because slimmers can eat hearty meals and still lose weight brilliantly. He says, “The great thing is you don’t go hungry. It’s about healthy eating – and man-sized portions of healthy food too – not fads and gimmicks. Now I cook for the family and make our favourite meals in a low fat way, so we can still have curries and Chinese dishes, steak and chips and roast dinners. And still eat out”

Another Slimming World member, Paul Bowman, has also lost over six stone to reach his target weight, which he has managed to maintain for nearly two years. Paul attends a Slimming World group each week and says the support he gets in class keeps him coming and not gaining the weight again following his amazing, over six stone loss. Paul says, “By continuing coming to class when you get to your desired weight keeps you on the right road. And classes are free once you do get to your target weight.” Paul looks great and is so much healthier then when he joined the class. Paul was also voted man of the Year for his Slimming World Group.

Slimming World Consultant, Liz Torrie, who runs the Pinewood Community Hall Slimming World group that both Brendan and Paul attends, says she’s incredibly proud of both of them, “Brendan and Paul are proof that men can benefit from the support to eat more healthily and get more active as much as women. They are a real inspiration. Lots of men have joined the group after hearing about Brendan and Paul’s success and I just hope that when other men read their story they’ll come along to Slimming World too, especially now they know they won’t be the only man there. It’s really important because the obesity crisis doesn’t just affect women – in fact, there are more overweight men than women in Britain. So come on you men come and join Brendan and Paul and be on the fantastic weight journey that they both have had.”

Now Brendan and Paul could go through to the semi-finals of the national Slimming World Man of the Year 2011 competition, which will be held at Slimming World’s head office in Alfreton, Derbyshire in July. The ultimate winner will take home a seven-night luxury holiday in Cuba or £3,000 cash.

• For more information about Slimming World groups in Ipswich call Slimming World Consultant Liz Torrie on 01473 728380. Liz is a Slimming World consultant and therefore if you are concerned about any possible health implications you should always consult your doctor.

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