Blokes in Wok­ing­ham urged to ‘slim like a man’ this New Year

The Wokingham Paper - - CHRISTMAS NEWS -

As­lim­ming Con­sul­tant who sup­ports peo­ple in Wok­ing­ham to lose weight each week says men shouldn’t be shy about join­ing a slim­ming group – the ev­i­dence shows they ac­tu­ally lose more weight than women. Linda Murray-Hitchen who runs the Wok­ing­ham Slim­ming World group was talk­ing about obe­sity and the dan­gers of car­ry­ing ex­cess weight around the waist. Di­a­betes UK sug­gests that a large waist cir­cum­fer­ence is also a key risk fac­tor and obe­sity is the most sig­nif­i­cant risk fac­tor for de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes, ac­count­ing for 8085% of the over­all risk of de­vel­op­ing the con­di­tion. Linda says: “Weight prob­lems are com­mon among both men and women, and around 700 peo­ple a day in the UK are di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes. But fig­ures show that men typ­i­cally keep weight wor­ries to them­selves for as long six years, as many just don’t like to ask for help. “Slim­ming World and the Men’s Health Fo­rum are calling for men to get sup­port to lose weight.” Neil Bardo from Wok­ing­ham was a Type 2 di­a­betic who has lost 8½ stone with the group since Septem­ber 2016 and dropped 22 inches from his waist go­ing from a size 52 to 30. And im­por­tantly, he has now re­versed his di­a­betes and is free from all med­i­ca­tion. He says: “Join­ing Slim­ming World has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. Be­fore, I thought slim­ming groups were just for women and not my cup of tea at all – but ašer a nudge from my wife and Di­a­betic Nurse I de­cided I had noth­ing to lose by giv­ing it a try. “I was pre›y ner­vous on my first night, but from the mo­ment I walked into the group ev­ery­one made me feel re­ally wel­come. There were other guys there too which helped put me at ease. “Now those strangers have be­come a whole set of new mates, will­ing me on to do well each week. We have a good laugh in group, as well as share chal­lenges, our plans for over­com­ing them, ideas for ge›ing fit and ac­tive and plenty of recipes. “As a Chef and a Col­lege Tu­tor I needed to taste not only my own food but my stu­dents’ as well. Meals were ošen fried or had creamy sauces with very few veg­eta­bles. How­ever, by mak­ing a few small changes to the way my favourite meals are cooked, I can en­sure they’re still fill­ing and full of flavour, and also good for my waist­line. “For ex­am­ple, by grilling in­stead of fry­ing, swap­ping white bread for whole­meal and go­ing easy on the bu›er, I can serve up a huge va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tious and ap­petis­ing meals and still lose weight,” adds Neil. “Thanks to the great sup­port from Linda and the Wok­ing­ham group, and my newly formed habits, I have a new out­look and my whole life­style has changed. “I know that this fi›er, health­ier me is here to stay and I’d say to other men just to give it a go!” Any­one who’d like to lose weight and join Slim­ming World is wel­come at the Wok­ing­ham group, which meets ev­ery Tues­day at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm or 7.30pm at The Sal­va­tion Army Hall in Sturges. For more de­tails, call 07500 168020.

Be­fore and af­ter: Neil Bardo has lost 8½ stone with Slim­ming World

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