When his post-university body forced him to hide under baggy clothes and limit his social interaction, Shyam Bhatt was determined to turn his life around.
Now, 32 years old, Shyam is celebrating an incredible six stone weight loss transformation, which he has maintained for four years.
“I first started noticing my weight gain when I started drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy foods at university.
“I found that I started over-indulging while studying, what with being away from home and the stresses of deadlines, and this didn’t stop even after I graduated.
“It had become a bad habit, one that I continued into my adult life, and I no longer thought it was possible for me to lose the weight.
“I visited South Bank Food Festival with my family, and we were having some photos taken of us. I was wearing baggy clothes, with a pint in my hand and I looked huge – I was so disappointed in myself. I asked myself, ‘is this really who I want to be?’ and the answer was no.
“That’s when I decided it was time to turn my life around, and having sought advice from my work colleagues, I nervously made the call to my local The 1:1 Diet Consultant, Fran Soleilhac.
“With her one-to-one support, Fran immediately put any anxious feelings at ease, and I knew instantly that I’d made the right decision to change my lifestyle. Fran would send messages of reassurance when I really needed it and always provided a helping hand. With Fran’s help and my motivation to succeed, I lost 12 pounds in my first week on Step 1 of the weight loss Plan.
“I was now more motivated than ever to meet my target weight, and I started feeling happier and more confident as I saw the weight drop off.
“Not only has The 1:1 Diet impacted my personal life, but I’ve also noticed the benefits to my work life. I started seeing friends more regularly, was more self-assured in work meetings and I was even asked to take a lead on industry projects as a result.
“I managed to lose six stone, regularly exercising and eating a balanced diet.
“With my confidence sky-high, I started dating. In April 2017, I matched with my now-wife on a dating website. We have since married in front of 200 people, on the beach – something I would never have dreamed of doing before starting my personalised weight loss plan.
“My life has completely turned around since starting The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Fran’s help. Now that I’m maintaining successfully, something which I’ve been doing for four years, my wife, Radha, is now my weight loss coach, using all of the tips that Fran taught me.”
Shyam was nominated for the 2019 Maintainer Award - see his interview video here: