Gillies is sleek and cheerful
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.