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"We’re each other's biggest cheerleaders” - Couple Q&A with a Consultant & Dieter

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it was only fitting that we caught up with one of our most successful couples, Lizzie & Ollie. In this Q&A, we talk all about their 1:1 journey, from their biggest successes to their biggest challenges - and everything in between. 

Ollie Cooper, The 1:1 Diet Man of the Year 2023, lost 7 stone 5lbs with his wife Lizzie as his Consultant. She herself lost 7 stone 8lbs in just 8 months, which led to her joining The 1:1 Diet as a Consultant. Both are inspirations to us all.

Ollie, how did it feel joining The 1:1 with Lizzie as your consultant? 

I didn’t question it once, Lizzie is very determined and I know we’re a great team and would motivate each other. One of the plus sides was that I didn’t have to go very far for my products, I had information on tap and was one of the first “clients” to sample the new products!

How have you/do you continue to support each other? 

We’ve always worked really well as a team and bounce off each other. We’re each other's biggest cheerleaders and although there were times when it was difficult (we both did different steps for a while!) we worked through and made it to where we are today. 

I (Lizzie) was training for my 100km walk last September and Ollie (without question) put on his trainers and came out pounding the pavements! We cook for each other, we encourage each other and motivate each other when the other one is flagging a bit. It definitely has benefits doing the plan together.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced?

Ollie would probably say when the cookie and cream bars run out and I haven’t got any more left. But really, I think there are always going to be those times where you quite easily talk yourselves away from plan. We’re very strong-willed, but we’re also only human and sometimes the craving for a Chinese takeaway or a giant chocolate bar does take over. But we both draw a line and get back on plan the next day! I think it’s all about realising that losing weight is hard but it’s about what you do next that is most important.

What’s been your proudest moment to date? 

I think we have several. One of them has to be Ollie winning Man of the Year 2023. He lost weight for himself, but also because he wanted men to know it’s ok to diet and to show people that it’s possible to overcome the impossible!

Another has got to be Ollie training for the London Marathon this year. He’s running in memory of my mum, who lost her battle to Pancreatic Cancer in 2021. Before starting his plan in 2022, Ollie could barely even walk due to his ankle injury - so this is a massive achievement. 

Finally, the fact we’ve lost enough weight to be accepted for IVF! We’ve had our first IVF cycle and we did actually get pregnant. It sadly ended in miscarriage, but we know that our fertility journey isn’t over yet.

What are your goals as a couple? 

To create more memories! Ollie has plans for us to go on some long weekends on the motorbike (now there’s more room!). Our weight stopped us from doing so much before that we lacked the confidence to do, and now there is no stopping us!

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to other couples doing The 1:1 Diet?

It’s the best thing you will ever do. Lean on each other and confide in each other - having someone in your life who’s living and breathing everything you’re going through is absolutely amazing and it helps to keep you on plan.

What can you now do that you couldn’t pre-1:1 Diet? 

Walk up the stairs! In all seriousness, our activity levels have increased tenfold - Ollie is now able to run 13+ miles and we’ve both walked 50km in 8 hours.

Finally, what’s something you wish you’d known before you started your 1:1 journey? 

How easy it was! I think we both honestly wish we’d started sooner. We’ve wasted so many years not happy with our bodies, low in confidence and so much money too! Just do it, don’t even think about it, because it’ll be the best thing you’ll ever do. 

Wow - what a couple. Thanks, Lizzie & Ollie, you’ve really inspired us with your amazing achievements - there really is no stopping you. 

If you’ve also been inspired by Lizzie & Ollie’s story, then why not try out our Taster Pack or find your local Consultant and start your 1:1 journey today. 

Man of the Year, Ollie Cooper