Gary glad to be big­gest loser

Su­per slim­mer up for na­tional prize

Rutherglen Reformer - - Weigh To Go - Edel Ke­nealy

King’s Park’s big­gest loser is jump­ing for joy this week af­ter shed­ding more than a third of his body weight.

Gary Cuth­bert was named the town’s ‘great­est loser’ of 2017 when he lost a mam­moth nine stones as a mem­ber of the King’s Park Slim­ming World.

The 41- year- old, who has gone from 23 st 2lbs to 14st in the past eight months, said: “There’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong with be­ing a loser when it feels this good.

“I feel like a new man since los­ing weight – in fact, I look so dif­fer­ent that peo­ple who I haven’t seen for a while of­ten can’t be­lieve I’m the same per­son.

“For me though it’s the change on the in­side that’s been the great­est. I’m hap­pier, health­ier and much more con­fi­dent now.”

Gary joined the Kings Park group, which is run by Linda Par­rott, in the be­gin­ning of July 2016.

“Walk­ing through those doors was one of the hard­est things I’ve ever done,” Gary added. “I was em­bar­rassed about my size and scared that I might be the big­gest per­son there.

“I needn’t have wor­ried though, ev­ery­one there was so friendly, es­pe­cially my con­sul­tant Linda and I was so re­lieved when I found out that my weight was con­fi­den­tial be­tween me and her – I’d had vi­sions of hav­ing to tell ev­ery­one how much I weighed.”

Join­ing Slim­ming World was a turn­ing point for Gary who had se­ri­ously high blood pres­sure be­fore los­ing weight.

He said: “Weight im­pacted on so many as­pects of my life, from strug­gling to find clothes that I like to fit to not be­ing able to do sim­ple every­day tasks with­out feel­ing tired and out of breath.”

Gary fol­lowed the club’s food op­ti­mis­ing eat­ing plan and swapped take­away and meals cooked in oil for health­ier choices like Chilli Con Carne, cur­ries, fish and chips.

He added: “Peo­ple think slim­ming means go­ing hun­gry, eat­ing noth­ing but salad or ob­ses­sively count­ing ev­ery calorie you eat, but it’s not like that at all at Slim­ming World. I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’ – in fact, peo­ple are always sur­prised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t be­lieve I’m los­ing weight eat­ing so much de­li­cious food and with­out ever feel­ing hun­gry.”

To­day Gary has gone from a 48” waist to 34”.

He’s also more ac­tive nowa­days and reg­u­larly walks and en­joys the sim­ple things like be­ing able to run and play with his chil­dren.

Gary said: “I know that I haven’t ‘gone on a diet’, this is a change that I’ve made for life and have the tools I need to keep up for­ever. “

Each of Slim­ming World’s 16,000 groups in the UK and Ire­land has their own Great­est Loser 2017 and win­ners will go for­ward to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Gary is now wait­ing to find out if he is in the run­ning for the £3,000 cash prize.

The Kings Park group meets ev­ery Thurs­day at 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Beech­wood, 156 Ard­may Cres­cent Kings Park Glas­gow G44 4PP. To join call Linda on 07730349212 or pop along.

Fit­ter Gary now weighs in at 14 stones

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