Since January 2020, Philip Durkin has gone from 19st 13.5 lbs to 14stone 6.5lbs.
Philip thought that slimming clubs were aimed at women and assumed the focus would be on ‘diet’ food. He decided to give it a try after he decided that he wanted to fit back into a suit that he wore for his daughter’s wedding and wanted to reduce his blood pressure.
After walking through the doors of Slimming World, Philip was surprised to find that the support provided by the group was practical and encouraging.
Philip said: “Deep down I was embarrassed to return to group because I was right where I was when I started from five years previously.
“I’ve realised now though that I had grabbed at comfort food after losing my parents within two weeks of each other, but I needed to do something for myself, so returned to group.
“Now I look forward to going to my Slimming World group. Group is an essential part of my journey and it encourages me to push myself to do well.
"There is lots of banter and laughter and I get some really good ideas too, from new recipe suggestions to ideas to boost my activity levels. I feel so lucky to be part of such a supportive group. I can honestly say I feel like a different man since losing weight.
"I can now fit back into by suit and have reduced my blood pressure considerably.”
Jade Brindley, who runs the Fordhouses Slimming World group said she’s incredibly proud of Philip: “He has done brilliantly and we’re all amazed by his transformation.
"We know that many men assume slimming clubs won’t be right for them, but Philip shows that once they come through the doors they do so well.”