A man from High Wycombe has been described as ‘inspirational’ after he lost an incredible 12 stone in 15 months.
Dave Williams, who attends a Slimming World class every Saturday morning in Totteridge in the town, started his weight loss journey in August 2019.
He has since lost 78kg in that time after Carole Arnold, who is Dave’s consultant at Slimming World, revealed that ‘he knew that he needed to make some changes.’
Speaking to the Free Press, Carole said: “It is an absolute honour to have him in the group with us.
“He inspires everyone that he comes into contact with.
“He is proof that you can do it [lose weight] because I think a lot of people doubt themselves.
Dave lost 12 stone in 15 months
“That transition to being someone with self-belief is something that takes a little while on a weight loss journey, but there is no doubt that he is so inspirational.
“He doesn’t always find this easy, but he refuses to give up, and that alone makes me the proudest Slimming World consultant.”
To help himself throughout his journey, Dave wrote an inspirational letter to urge him to lose weight over the last year.
This has kickstarted his life as prior to him joining Slimming World, as Carole revealed that Dave had pain in his joints, was out of breath when he walked and at one point, he was at the risk of losing one of his legs due to an infection linked to type 2 diabetes.
She continued: “He knew that he needed to make some changes and it is not easy [to lose weight].
“People try all the time to lose weight and you do have to be in the right frame of mind and in the right place, and I think he found that in our group.
“All those things came together for him.
On his diet, she said: “At Slimming World, we follow a food programme called Food Optimising so when you first join, you get an information pack which helps you make food choices.
“Alongside that when people lose weight, they can choose to include extra movement and exercise if they want to, but it is all about helping somebody make those food changes.
“And that is what Dave has done.
“I couldn’t be prouder.”