Ross Southwell, 26, from Inverness, lost 6 stone 2 lbs in four months with LighterLife. Here, he tells us how doing LighterLife with his friends helped spur him on in his weight loss journey.
LighterLife: Had you always struggled with your weight?
Ross: In my younger days I ate a lot. I didn’t care about nutrition, only how tasty the next item of food was and how much of it there would be. I’d sneakily eat junk food, spend all my lunch money on snacks. My favourite tactic was when I’d gone to a friend’s house, I’d accept their offer of dinner and then I’d go home and have a second dinner as well. As you can imagine this made me gain weight. This went on for years and I got pretty big. By the time I was in secondary school I was about 18-19 stone. Playing rugby regularly was the only thing stopping me from gaining more weight.
LighterLife: When did you decide something needed to change?
Ross: On leaving school I got a job in IT and the weight began to climb again – mainly due to a sedentary lifestyle and frequent visits to the pub, coupled with my still unhealthy diet. I got to just over 20 stone (280lbs-127kg) when I finally decided to do something about it. That’s when I decided to try LighterLife. It really helped that my friends Craig and Drew joined me on it – we kept each other going.
LighterLife: In your opinion, what makes LighterLife different to other weight loss programmes?
Ross: With LighterLife everything is taken care of. You’re given all the information and support you need to start continue and succeed. Your counsellor is only a phone call away for any questions you need answered. It’s really convenient.
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?
Ross: I think it’s different from person to person, but in general people don’t think about men going on diets as much as women. People seem more surprised when a man says he’s going to start losing weight – they don’t expect it.
LighterLife: What were the reactions of your friends and colleagues when you said you were doing LighterLife?
Ross: People were supportive, but because I had been big for so long I don’t think they realised how serious I was about it. A few months later the results spoke for themselves. After that people were really interested in what I was doing and how it all worked.
LighterLife: What’s the best/most useful thing you learned about yourself while you were on LighterLife?
Ross: I learned that when I set my mind to something I could accomplish it. I also learned that although it may be hard I can re-learn my habits (for example, choosing healthy meals over fast food).
LighterLife: How are you balancing your weight now that you’ve reached your goal?
Ross: These days I weigh myself about once a week to get an idea of how my weight is doing. I also take note of how my clothes feel. If something is getting tight that used to fit fine I no longer blame it on shrinking in the wash. I’ve taken up going to the gym and try to get there 3-4 times a week. I think the key is just being mindful. I’ll still have holidays where I might eat a few unhealthy things, but now I see where I’m at when I return and make a plan to get back to where I want to be. It’s just about moderation.
Ross has written a guest blog for Operation Beast Mode, detailing his LighterLife journey and his progress so far – click here to check it out.
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