Dad knew things had to change when his daughter was born

A dad, who was so overweight he struggled with "things most people take for granted", says that discipline is vital after he shed five stone.

Paul Drewery, from Southport, admits he's lost weight before but "always put it back on". However, the birth of his daughter sparked a determination to change.

The 53-year-old told the ECHO: “I kept losing weight and putting it back on. During lockdown, I had a daughter so I lost a load of weight for that. But when the baby was born it came back.

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“I had an irregular heartbeat and wasn’t doing myself any favours. I was struggling to do things which most people take for granted.

“Someone suggested Slimming World to me, so, for my health and my daughter, I decided to give it a go. On my first weigh-in on November 15 last year, I was 20 and a half stone."

Paul added: “I needed the motivation of standing on a set of scales in front of someone else - I needed that accountability. But there’s no fat-shaming, they just helped me to make better life choices."

The dad says that Slimming World feels different to other weight loss regimes he has attempted in the past. He said: “You can still eat and there’s no starving yourself. The changes you make don’t make you feel like you’re on a diet.

“You absolutely have to keep yourself disciplined, week in, week out. Everyone will have hiccups but it’s about getting back on that horse and not making yourself feel guilty."

Paul, who managed to shed a significant amount of weight at Slimming World in Southport, now weighs 14 stone. He said: "As well as being physically better, my mind is more focused. My daughter even says: 'Daddy's tummy's getting smaller'."