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Martin Whittle from North Yorkshire has lost over 4.5 stone* since starting the Hairy Bikers Diet back in November 2015, taking him down from over 20 stone to 15.5 stone.
Read his weight loss story…

“I decided to try the Hairy Bikers diet after I bought their diet book last year. I had ballooned to a weight I wasn’t comfortable with, and had experienced some depression and panic attacks which had led me to become quite agoraphobic, meaning I didn’t exercise much. After seeking some help from MIND, I was able to take control of my health again and find the motivation to lose some weight.
What struck me about the Hairy Bikers diet was that it incorporated lots of delicious meals. I love to cook and am particularly fond of curries and roast dinners, so was happy to see that I could still do this on the diet. It also meant that I could continue to cook for my family, which I get great satisfaction from.

I’ve found myself in an upward spiral since losing weight. I have more energy to do things like walk my dog, and this makes me more motivated in general. The more weight I lose, the more exercise I’m able to do, and the more exercise I do, the more weight I lose! It’s a brilliant feeling.

One of the best things that’s happened since I lost weight is I’ve cured my sleep apnoea. Before the diet, I had to use a horrible machine with a mask at night to manage the condition. Just the other week, I went to the sleep clinic and was told I no longer needed it. This is because of the weight loss and I couldn’t be happier.

I also found out I no longer need back surgery. Before the weight loss, I had a bulging disc due to carrying around too much weight, and was told it required an operation. But now, I no longer need this!
I set myself regular targets and give myself the occasional break to maintain the weight rather than lose it. I’ll be continuing to set myself goals into 2017.”

Martin’s tips:

Losing weight is an individual thing. However, one tip I would give is to eat and drink in moderation, especially when it comes to alcohol.

*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.


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