Martin Rounce, a 55-year-old security engineer from Essex, lost 7st 1lb and 12 inches off his waist with the Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club.* After being told by doctors he could expect a multitude of weight-related health problems in his old age if he did not lose weight fast, he did just that. Read his weight loss story…
Before his weight loss, Martin’s size was really starting to affect his lifestyle. “I was finding it increasingly difficult to do my job, which involves climbing lots of stairs and into small spaces. I was also starting to suffer with lots of minor health problems relating to my weight. When going on holiday I even struggled to fit into aeroplane seats.”
This, factored with the death of his mother who herself was overweight, plus a trip to the doctors, made Martin realise that he had to lose weight. “About four years ago my doctor advised me that unless I lost at least 4st I would be looking at possible hip, knee and ankle replacement. Finally, I realised that at 54, if I was going to lose weight it was now or never! I want to live and be healthy enough to enjoy my grandchildren when they come along.”
The Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club is not the first diet Martin tried, but it is the first one he stuck too. “I have tried many diets over the years, but they failed because the food was either too bland or too restrictive in terms of what you could eat, or the recipes were too complicated.”
Whereas that has not been the case at all with the Club. “The recipes are really delicious and relatively easy to cook. I’m not saying I haven’t been hungry sometimes and I’ve had my ups and downs, but I haven’t felt like I was dieting most of the time and I have been pleasantly surprised at the results I’ve achieved!”
“The recipes are really delicious and relatively easy to cook… I haven’t felt like I was dieting most of the time and I have been surprised at the results I’ve achieved!”
The physical and emotional changes for Martin have been huge. He has lost 12 inches off his waist and 10 inches off his chest. “I feel fitter and healthier than I have done in years. I can cope with work better and do jobs around the house more easily. I can now shop for clothes in stores for regular-sized people. I’ve discovered a love of cooking and generally just feel like a much happier person.”
And what next for Martin? “Goal number one is to complete my weight loss journey. I still want to lose another 2st and then keep the weight off. Goal number two is to live forever (so far, so good). Goal number three is to travel and enjoy life.”
Top food swaps
- Use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk in drinks or on cereal.
- Use reduced-fat Crème Fraiche or fat-free yoghurt in cooking, instead of the full-fat varieties.
- If you want cheese, try half-fat cheddar instead of full fat.
Top tips for starting your weight loss journey
- Decide to be honest with yourself and stick to it.
- Commit to sticking to your regime for at least one month no matter what. After that you should have lost some weight and it will become easier.
- Plan to allow yourself a small treat once a week, then put it behind you and refocus.
Top tips on staying motivated
- Set yourself mini-goals within your mini-goals, so you reach some milestones every couple of weeks.
- Think of a non-food related reward that you can have when you reach your mini goals to celebrate (I had a new tattoo).
- Remind yourself that the alternative to not sticking to your regime, is to go back to being the way you were!
Top tips on dealing with challenges
- If you encounter negative people politely ignore what they say. If you stick with the regime you will have the last laugh.
- If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t avoid eating or drinking things you shouldn’t, then accept it, try to be moderate in what you have. Then put it behind you and refocus.
- You will always encounter negative people or situations, it’s unavoidable. Just remind yourself that you’re not the person you once were and carry on.
*Results May Vary: Causes for being overweight or obese vary from person to person. Whether genetic or environmental, it should be noted that food intake, rates of metabolism and levels of exercise and physical exertion vary from person to person. This means weight loss results will also vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.