Sleek new look for dad who shed the pounds

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AN over­weight dad who wanted to set a health­ier ex­am­ple to his chil­dren has won a na­tional weight-loss award.

David Eyres has been named Slim­ming World’s Mr Sleek after a dras­tic change in his life­style.

The 34-year-old weighed in at 17 stone 12lbs when he first joined the slim­ming group in Water­head.

He was prompted to sign up with his wife Kelly after see­ing an un­flat­ter­ing pic­ture of him­self over Christ­mas.

A year on he is a shadow of his for­mer self – drop­ping four-and-ahalf stone and eight inches off his waist.

The self-em­ployed gar­dener said: “I was wor­ried I was set­ting a bad ex­am­ple to the kids.

“I tried to put it to the back of my mind but when I saw the photo of me and my el­dest son Ben, I knew I needed to do some­thing.

“I was the heav­i­est I’d ever been and my con­fi­dence level was pretty much zero. That pho­to­graph was a real wake-up call.

“I was wor­ried about be­ing the only man at Slim­ming World and thought I’d stick out like a sore thumb, so I was re­ally glad I had Kelly with me on that first night.

“The con­sul­tant Michaela was so wel­com­ing though and within a cou­ple of weeks my nerves had dis­ap­peared.

“I started to look for­ward to go­ing each week, of course be­cause I wanted to know how much weight I’d lost but I wanted to see how ev­ery­one else had got on too.”

David man­aged to hit his first weight-loss tar­get within five months and went on to reach a healthy 12st 5lbs for his six-foot tall frame.

He added: “I couldn’t be­lieve the change in me in just a few months.

“I’m quite com­pet­i­tive and I loved col­lect­ing the awards that you get for ev­ery 7lbs you lose.

“They made me want to keep go­ing for the next mile­stone and I’ve got all the cer­tifi­cates stuck to our fridge.

“I look like a dif­fer­ent bloke – and feel like one too.”

●● David Eyres

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