We're changing perceptions: weight-loss groups aren't just for girls. In LiveWell's five-year history, we've helped thousands of guys shed tons of weight.
Us men are more likely to be overweight than women*, yet less likely to get help. Middle-aged men are twice as likely as women to get type 2 diabetes. While we may well want to lose weight, we may not know how or where to start. Start here.
Recently, we spent an afternoon chatting to guys at a weight-loss group. It was encouraging and inspiring to hear their stories. Through these conversations and others, two common stories emerged. Perhaps you’re familiar with them?
“I've a busy work-life... I'm in a desk job... I'm tired when I get home so sit down on the sofa and eat stuff I shouldn't... I used to be really active and play lots of football... I was always looking after my family first... I had high blood pressure and was at risk of type two diabetes... I hadn't realised how lethargic I'd gotten... I didn't want to admit that I needed to go to a weight-loss group.”
“I struggled walking up hills, I'd get breathless and need to take breaks... my joints were hurting.
“I was spiralling downwards."
Let's bust this myth. A question we ask of our male clients is - what would you say to other guys thinking about making a change? ... "Just do it" comes the answer - nearly every time. Here's the new story:
"Just do it… Give it a try... You'd be surprised by how much support and encouragement you get… I'm getting the old me back… The weight was shedding off - I lost a stone in the first month."
"Weight loss groups are for anyone wanting to lose weight, get fit and take care of their health: that should be on everyone's list, right?" Owen
"There's nothing to lose, apart from a bit of weight!"
Here are some more stories and experience from some of the chaps we’ve helped:
“A year ago, I was at desperation point when I had to buy 42-inch waist suit trousers...I enjoy live music events and going to the pub for drinks; the weight-gain and inactivity sort of crept up on me. I had to get over the initial embarrassment factor of needing to go to Slimming World. I expected to be the only guy but was pleasantly surprised! After a month, I’d lost half a stone – it was like wow, this is working, it’s coming off!"
"I used to be in the army and part of a culture of heavy drinking. I had high blood pressure and borderline type 2 diabetes. When I struggled to get down onto all fours to play with my grandson; I decided enough was enough. It was time to make a change."
"After switching to a sedentary job and battling with an illness, I found it hard to maintain physical activity and started to gain weight. I'd tried several diets previously without success. It was when I joined Slimming World through LiveWell's kick-start programme that I started to see results."
"I developed type two diabetes. My sugar levels were through the roof. My eyesight had started to deteriorate. I joined WW through LiveWell's kick-start voucher scheme and have lost 5 stone - I feel great! I've even completed couch 25k! LiveWell helped me take control of my life."
Ed. Four stone weight loss.
"To anyone thinking about going to a weight-loss group, I would say just do it! I initially joined to support my partner but knew I needed to lose weight too. I do things to stop sabotaging myself such as not take my wallet to work so I simply can’t buy a snack on my journey to work.”
Are you ready to become a big loser? Register with us today here or call freephone 0800 840 1628.