Being the most effective at dropping wouldn’t usually enable you to to scoop an award.
But one man from Carluke has performed simply that after being named the city’s ‘Best Loser’ 2021.
Paul Walker, who’s a member of Carluke Slimming World group, has misplaced a life-changing 16st 2½lbs to take the title, which is awarded to the member who has misplaced probably the most weight.
Paul mentioned: “I really feel like a brand new man since shedding pounds – in actual fact, I look so totally different that folks I haven’t seen for some time typically can’t consider I’m the identical individual.
“I’ve to say although, it’s the change on the within that’s been the best – I’m happier, more healthy and way more assured now.”
The proud 40 year-old joined the Carluke group, which is run by Angela Harris, in Jan 2019.
His weight was placing an enormous pressure on his well being, wellbeing and exercise, typically taking a taxi from the home to the group venue on the finish of the street, earlier than lockdown, as he bought breathless simply whereas strolling.
People who find themselves severely chubby, with a BMI above 30, usually tend to undergo from well being issues like coronary coronary heart illness, arthritis, diabetes and most cancers, and being chubby has additionally been linked to extra extreme outcomes of Covid-19.
Paul added: “My weight impacted on so many facets of my life, from struggling to search out garments that I appreciated to not with the ability to do easy on a regular basis duties with out feeling drained and out of breath.
“Earlier than I misplaced the burden, I used to be simply current, now I’m lively and might accomplish that way more.
“Chatting issues by means of in group and listening to others has actually helped me to grasp my very own challenges and motivations with regards to shedding pounds and their assist has helped me to consider in myself extra.
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“With out that I don’t know if I’d have been capable of make the adjustments and obtain the issues I’ve.”
Every Slimming World’s group within the UK and Eire has its personal Best Loser 2021 and winners will go ahead to the nationwide competitors.