A PENSIONER is celebrating after losing the equivalent of 18 tubs of margarine in weight in six weeks.
Brian Clear, 71, has lost almost one-and-a-half stone, bringing his total since Christmas to four-and-a-half stone, and is continuing to lose weight week-by-week.
“At one time I weighed 25-and-a-half stone,” said Brian, who runs the Swanfield Centre, in Chichester, with his wife Edith.
“I was using a mobility scooter and I was completely inactive. But I’ve really turned it around.
“With heart problems and osteoarthritis I am still limited in what I can do, but the joint pain is less due to the weight loss and I am feeling better.
“I can now walk short distances which is a real bonus.”
Brian has been attending Wellbeing Weight-loss Workshops run by Chichester District Council’s wellbeing service.
The workshops are run over 12 weeks and aim to support people to lose weight in a healthy way.
“I didn’t find other types of weight loss programmes to be very helpful,” said Brian.
“The Wellbeing Weight-loss Workshops are different. They educate you to be healthy-minded and dispel all the myths about dieting. They teach you about nutrition and I now eat really well.”
Sue Crabtree, from the wellbeing team, uses body analyser scales to weigh people each week.
“The scales are great because they not only show people their weight, but other important factors like their body fat percentage,” she said.
“It’s really helpful to know that even if your weight hasn’t gone down that if your body fat percentage has decreased you are on the right track.”
Brian said losing weight left him feeling ‘so much better’ in himself. “My walking stick is gone, my back is feeling better and despite some heart problems, I am so much fitter.
“My daughter also eats better now because our meals are healthier so it’s had a positive impact on the whole family.
“The only bad thing about the workshops is now all my clothes are too big.”
Workshops are £2.50 each but anyone paying for all 12 weeks up-front gets two free.