Gerwyn Davies, 41, from Trefin in Wales, lost 9 stone 6lb in nine months with LighterLife. Here, he explains how he overcame scepticism from family and friends and changed his relationship with food forever.
LighterLife: In your opinion, what makes LighterLife different to other diets?
Gerwyn: I’ve tried lots of diets in the past, but always failed when there was food involved. I choose Lighterlife because it offered an alternative – the meal replacement shakes and bars meant food was taken out of the equation and I could instead concentrate on me. If I’m honest, I really didn’t think I could do it at the start, but I was very focused on losing weight and I knew I needed to. The first week was the hardest, but after that it got easier. I attended the LighterLife centre in Carmarthen and followed my Counsellor Val’s advice word for word, and it worked.
LighterLife: Do you think people have a different attitude to a man who says he wants to lose weight, as opposed to when a woman does the same thing?
Gerwyn: Yes, I definitely think people had a different opinion of me wanting to lose weight than they have when women say it. When I lost my first six stone, people said I should stop because they thought I looked ill, but to be honest with you I had never felt better. The issue was that nobody had me looking any different to the ‘big lad’ I had been, so it took them a while to adjust to the new me.
LighterLife: What were the reactions of your friends and colleagues when you said you were doing LighterLife?
Gerwyn: When I first told my friends I was going on LighterLife, they didn’t know what it was. After I explained, they said it was no good for me. In reality, it was the best decision I’ve ever made, and after seeing the changes they all agree.
LighterLife: What’s the best/most useful thing you learned about yourself while you were on LighterLife?
Gerwyn: The most useful thing I’ve learned is that if you focus your mind and really believe in yourself, LighterLife can and will work for you. It changed my outlook on food totally. I’ve always been big and nobody believed for a second that I could lose the weight…absolutely no one! I’ve now proved them all wrong and, for once in my life, I can say I’m proud of myself. I’ve never been able to say that before.
LighterLife: How are you balancing your weight now that you’ve reached your goal?
Gerwyn: I’m now balancing my weight very well, and I’m still following the LighterLife Management plan pretty much to the word. For once in my life though, I don’t feel as if I’m on a diet – I’m just eating sensibly. I realise now how much I was abusing my body with the way I ate before. I won’t go back to that. If I were to say LighterLife had genuinely changed my life, it would be the biggest understatement ever. I feel like I’ve been given a whole new life – and I’m definitely not going to waste this one!
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