Glaswegian Martin Bryan is celebrating a life-changing 11 stone weight loss in only 10 months, after signing up to The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.
Martin, who was shortlisted for our Man of the Year title in the 2020 Slimmer Awards, had battled with weight all his life. It spiralled out of control after the death of his mother in 2009. The weight gain led to him becoming pre-diabetic and at risk of cardiovascular concerns and damage to his nervous system.
“My weight snowballed in 2008 after learning that my wonderful mum had been diagnosed with terminal cancer,” said Martin. “My world was turned upside down and I started to concentrate on the precious time I had left with her.
“My emotional state led me to make bad choices - junk food became the staple of my diet.
“When my mum lost her fight with cancer in 2009, I let grief and depression take over my life and food became my only comfort.
“I followed the same bad patterns for a number of years and struggled to gain control of the situation. I was stuck in a rut of trying to lose weight, failing, and then giving up – a vicious cycle.”
“However, in late 2018, I found myself have frequent fainting episodes. I went to my GP who confirmed I was pre-diabetic. It was a shock to know that it was down to my weight.
“I knew I had to make a change and take back control of my life, as there might not be another chance with my BMI at 47.3. This meant I was categorised as morbidly obese.
“My friend had been losing weight on The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and it was such a shock as she had always struggled to find a diet that suited her, like me.
“That’s when I decided to contact my local The 1:1 Diet Consultant, Catherine Laurie. As soon as I met Cat I knew I had made the right decision – she instantly put my mind at ease.
“I knew for the sake of my health and future I needed to lose the weight and my determination and willpower took over!
“In 10 months, I lost an incredible 11-and-a-half stones, which is absolutely life changing! I lost a further seven pounds as I worked up the Steps programme towards maintenance.
“The diet has changed my life completely; I am so much healthier, both physically and mentally. I have now reversed the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes and I’m so proud of myself!
“I am now enjoying my life and living it to the full, thanks to support from my Consultant, friends, family and The 1:1 Diet.
“I have a long, happy and healthy future ahead of me and recently became a Consultant myself to help and inspire others who are looking to achieve what I have!”
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