'I met a man who lost his legs to diabetes and it changed my life'

Phil before his weight loss transformation
-Credit: (Image: Slimming World)


A man from Leeds says he feels like a "totally different person" after losing four stone after a chance encounter with one individuals adversity completely changed his life.

Phil Jagger, from Rothwell, was battling Type 2 diabetes and was reliant on medication, he was overweight, lacking in mobility and felt constantly fatigued.

That was until he met an amputee who had lost his leg due to diabetes that "struck a chord" within him. And it was that very encounter that propelled Phil to take action and turn his life around.

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The very same day, he walked through the doors of Slimming World, ready to reclaim his health. Phil recalls the moment that changed everything.

He said: “I met a man who had lost his legs due to Diabetes. His resilience and positivity struck a chord within me. At the time, I was overweight, constantly tired, and lacked mobility. I too battled Type 2 Diabetes, relying on tablets and insulin three times a day.

"Food Optimising has been a revelation for me. I relish home-cooked meals like crustless quiche and beef mince kebabs made with 5% less fat mince—all while staying within the ‘free food’ guidelines. Even my family enjoys these wholesome meals, including the Slimming World options from Iceland.”

Phil after losing 4 stone
Phil after losing 4 stone -Credit:Slimming World

“Attending group sessions keeps me on track,” Phil shares. “Our fantastic Consultant, Caroline, provides invaluable advice. But it’s the camaraderie among members that truly makes a difference. We celebrate victories, share challenges, and lift each other up."

Being overweight took a toll on Phil's health, especially his battle with Diabetes. However, his remarkable weight loss has led to a complete reversal. Phil continued: “I no longer need insulin, Slimming World gave me my health back.

“I’m fitter than ever before. Long walks, gym sessions, and invigorating swims—these were once distant dreams. Now, they’re my reality.”

Phil's Slimming World Consultant Caroline said: "Looking after ourselves and our health is more important than ever right now, and the health benefits Phil has shared isn't uncommon across our groups. Slimming World isn’t just about weight loss; it’s about reclaiming life, one healthy choice at a time.

"Indeed, Phil's weight loss journey demonstrates the collective legacy of resilience, support, and unwavering commitment. Their story inspires us all to aspire for greatness—both individually and as a community."

To find your local Slimming World group, visit the website, here.