Gil­lies is sleek and cheer­ful

West Lothian Courier - - News -

A su­per slim­mer from East Calder has scooped the ti­tle of Man of the Year and Mr Sleek 2018 af­ter los­ing an in­cred­i­ble 3st 2lb.

Since join­ing, Gil­lies Macleod has gone from 17st 9lb to 14st 7lb, prov­ing that Slim­ming World works just as well for men.

Like many men, Gil­lies thought that slim­ming clubs were aimed at women and as­sumed the fo­cus would be on fad ‘diet’ food and talk­ing about peo­ple’s emo­tions.

How­ever, he de­cided to give it a try af­ter com­ing home from hol­i­day weigh­ing al­most 18st, strug­gling to walk far and be­ing breath­less climb­ing stairs.

Af­ter walk­ing through the doors, Gil­lies was pleas­antly sur­prised to find the sup­port was prac­ti­cal and the un­der­stand­ing and help pro­vided by the group ap­pealed to him.

He also en­joyed fol­low­ing Slim­ming World’s Food Op­ti­mis­ing eat­ing plan, which is based on the sci­ence of sati­ety and en­ergy den­sity, en­abling him to en­joy gen­er­ous por­tions of healthy food to sat­isfy his ap­petite, so he didn’t have to go hun­gry.

Gil­lies says: “Deep down I’d been un­happy with my weight for some time but it took me a long time to face up to it. And then when I did ad­mit to my­self that I wanted to lose weight I still didn’t want to ask for help.

“I’ve re­alised now though that far from be­ing weak, ask­ing for help takes strength of char­ac­ter and get­ting sup­port to make changes has given me a sense of con­fi­dence that is ben­e­fit­ting ev­ery as­pect of my life.

“It was nerve-wrack­ing walk­ing through those doors but I wasn’t the only man there and ev­ery­one was so sup­port­ive. Now I look for­ward to the ses­sions. There’s lots of ban­ter and laugh­ter and I get good ideas, from new recipes to ideas to boost my ac­tiv­ity lev­els.

“I didn’t know what my mates would think about me at­tend­ing Slim­ming World but they’ve been right be­hind it and I rec­om­mend Slim­ming World to ev­ery­one.

“Once they re­alised I could still have a beer they started to take an in­ter­est and when they see me eat­ing things like lasagne and homemade chips, chicken curry or a roast din­ner they al­ways ask how it’s pos­si­ble to eat like that and still lose weight. What re­ally had them sit­ting up and pay­ing at­ten­tion though was how well I was los­ing weight.”

As the weight came off, Gil­lies found he had more en­ergy and he was ea­ger to use it.

He added: “As a man I al­ways thought phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity would be the best way to lose weight, but when I was at my heav­i­est I just wasn’t fit enough to do it.

“Slim­ming World helped me break it into chunks and by start­ing small I’ve built up my ac­tiv­ity grad­u­ally. I started by walk­ing more and as I got fit­ter I pushed my­self more.

“Now I can walk for miles, swim longer and I sleep so much bet­ter too. I can hon­estly say I feel like a dif­fer­ent man since los­ing weight. I’m hap­pier, fit­ter, health­ier, more con­fi­dent and I don’t have health prob­lems.”

Sue Scorer, who runs the East Calder Slim­ming World group, is in­cred­i­bly proud of Gil­lies and said “He has done bril­liantly and we’re all amazed by his trans­for­ma­tion. He’s a real in­spi­ra­tion to the group.”

Suc­cess Gil­lies scooped the ti­tle of Man of the Year and Mr Sleek 2018 af­ter los­ing an in­cred­i­ble 3st 2lb.

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