Research shows men are better slimmers than women and six Beverley men are doing their best to prove that after losing 19 stone between them.
Data from Slimming World found that when men join one of the organisation’s 11,000 groups they lose more weight than women, with male slimmers losing an average of 6.1% of their weight in three months compared to women who lose an average of 4.6 per cent in the same period of time.
Steve Rowe, David Boden, Mark Reilly, Nigel Collinson, Neil Woods & Paul East from Beverley are proof of the pudding. They spent years feeling unhappy with their weight and desperate to drop the pounds. But now, thanks to their local Slimming World groups, it’s a different story. They have lost 19 stone between them and have all been named Their own groups Slimming World Man of the Year 2014, voted for by their fellow group members.
David Boden says: “I tried losing weight before but to be honest I didn’t really know how to go about it. I would go to the gym and tried to watch what I ate, but I’d never lose much weight – or if I did it wouldn’t stay off for long. I always thought that slimming groups were just for women, but as ‘going it alone’ wasn’t working for me I decided I didn’t have anything to lose by giving Slimming World a go. I was very nervous walking into the group for the first time but everyone was so friendly and I soon realised we were all there for the same reason. I haven’t looked back since and, at over 5 stone lighter, I definitely don’t have any regrets about joining the
group. I recommend it to everyone now – men and women.”
On joining the group Neil Woods began following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which is a big hit with men because slimmers can eat hearty meals without worrying about portion sizes and still lose weight. He says: “The great thing is you don’t go hungry. It’s about healthy eating – and man-sized, satisfying helpings of healthy food too – not fads and gimmicks. Now I regularly cook for the family/my friends and make my favourite meals in a low-fat way, so I can still have curries and Chinese dishes, steak and chips and roast dinners and love the fact that I can still fit in my lager too “.
As the pounds started to drop off, Stephen Rowe found he had more energy: “Slimming World encourages you to boost your weight loss and fitness by becoming more active, but you can start as big or as small as you like. I started walking more and leaving the car behind where I could,
before long I could feel the benefits. I can honestly say I feel like a different man since losing weight. Now I Have so much more energy and any health issues I had have dramatically reduced.
Philippa Dukes , who runs the 3 Slimming World group that all of these fella’s attend, says she’s incredibly proud of them all. “ Every one of them are proof that men can benefit from getting support to eat more healthily and become more active just as much as women. They are a real inspiration. Lots of local men have joined the group after hearing about their success and I just hope that when other
men read their story they’ll feel more comfortable about joining a Slimming World group, especially now they know they won’t be the only man there and that the research shows they’re likely to do really well! It’s extremely important because the obesity crisis doesn’t just affect women – in fact, there are more overweight men than women in the UK/Ireland.”
The Beverley Slimming World groups are held every Tuesday evening at Armstrongs Sports & Social club at 5pm & 6.45 pm , Thursday mornings at Toll Gavel Church at 9 & 11am or Thursday evenings at St Mary’s School , Manor Road at 5.30pm & 7.30pm .Anyone interested in joining the group can pop along or for more information they can call Philippa on 01482 87173.