A SLIMMING club might be thought of as a woman’s world – but an Ormskirk man is celebrating after losing a staggering 12st 2lb in just 48 weeks at his local Slimming World group.
Andy Heyes, 51, decided enough was enough at the start of 2013 and started going to a Slimming World group in Ormskirk to turn his life around.
Andy is married with a 10-year- old daughter and being around for them was the reason he decided to shed the pounds.
Andy said: “I used to be a police officer and played lots of rugby but then I became a trainer in Lancashire police force and went from a very active lifestyle to a sedentary one and the weight crept on.
“I always said to my wife when I left the police force I’d lose the weight, a fact she reminded me of last January.
“I didn’t really have any particular guilty pleasures that I ate a lot of but when cooking creamy sauces I’d always use cream instead of creme fraiche.
"Like most men, I thought slimming clubs were for women and expected to be eating nothing but salad. But the minute I walked through the door I realised that nothing could have been further from the truth as I was made very welcome.
“There’s a real mix of people – men and women of all ages – and we have a great time. Plus, with Slimming World’s eating plan, no foods are banned.
“Instead, I’ve learned how to cook healthier versions of my favourite meals like chicken stir fry and every week we share new recipes and handy tips.
“I feel so much healthier and I know I’ve added years to my life by losing the weight.
“My mother died when she was just 59 years old. If I don’t live beyond that age I will not be at my daughter’s 18th birthday, or at any other event that a father and hopefully some day a grandfather should see and be part of.
“I know I could not have done this without the help and support of my family and everyone at Slimming World and now I am a Target member I’m now looking forward to inspiring others to succeed.”
Andy’s slimming consultant, Tina Whewell, said: "It’s great that we’re able to celebrate this milestone with Andy, who has most definitely improved his health.
“That’s so important because the latest obesity statistics from the Government show that there are more overweight and obese men in England than women.”