Superslimmer Gareth Davies is proof that new year dieters have more than a fat chance of success – after shedding nearly HALF his weight.
This time last year he weighed in at 33 stones, but vowed to change after being disgusted by photographs of himself at his brother’s wedding.
Twelve months later, he’s lost a massive 14 stones through cutting calories and exercising.
“I still can’t believe I’ve done it. I’m surprised every time I look at the pictures,” he said.
It was photos from his brother Ian’s wedding in December 2012 that spurred 6ft 6ins Gareth to take action.
“All the ones that had me in, I absolutely hated,” he said.
“The biggest day of my brother’s life and the only photos I liked did not have me in them.
“I turn 40 in February and I thought ‘it’s time to stop being a couch potato’.”
His weight meant he was unable to fulfil his dreams.
“Walking around the supermarket got me out of breath,” said Gareth, from Farsley, Leeds.
“It was a matter of making the decision to actually do it.”
Inspired by TV chefs the Hairy Bikers, he decided to restrict himself to 1,500 calories a day – a plan an NHS expert agreed was safe.
He bought a treadmill, starting off walking, then jogging.
In November he reached his goal of taking part in a 5km charity run and he regularly joins the weekly Parkrun in Leeds, as well as going to the gym and swimming.
His weight has dropped from 33 st to 18 st 10lbs and after previously being single, he is now in a relationship.
“People don’t recognise me,” the service leader for Lloyds Banking Group in Pudsey, said. “I’ve also had my eyes lasered and got a decent haircut. Looking good is a new concept, but I like it.”
HOW HE LOST THE WEIGHT
diet changes and exercise helped Gareth shed 14 stones.
Information about NHS Leeds weight management services, are at www.leedsletschange.co.uk or call 0113 843 2395.
Details of Parkrun are at www.parkrun.org.uk/leeds.
Read more about his feat in Tuesday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, in the Style supplement.