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Local paramedic improves his own health

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Thomas with Ann Marie, after his weight loss
Thomas with Ann Marie, after his weight loss

Super slimmer, Thomas Berry, a paramedic from Baillieston, has improved his own health by losing an incredible 7st 2.5lbs!

Since joining the Baillieston Slimming World group, Thomas has gone from having high blood pressure and using inhalers to feeling and looking amazing, proving that Slimming World works for men as well as women.

Like many men, Thomas thought that slimming clubs were aimed at women and assumed the focus would be on ‘diet’ food. However, he decided to give it a try after being told if he needed an operation he would not get it because of his weight.

After walking into his first class, Thomas was pleasantly surprised to find that the support provided by the group was practical and encouraging. Thomas says: “Deep down I’d been unhappy with my weight for some time but it took me a long time to face up to it. And when I did admit to myself that I wanted to lose weight I still didn’t want to ask for help.

“I’ve realised now that far from being weak, asking for help takes strength of character and getting support to make changes has given me a sense of confidence that is benefiting every aspect of my life.

“It was nerve-wracking walking through those doors for the first time but I wasn’t the only man there and everyone was so supportive.

“I didn’t know what my mates would think about me attending Slimming World but they’ve been right behind it. Once they realised I could still have a beer they started to take an interest and when they see me eating things like steak and homemade chips, chicken curry or a roast dinner they always ask how it’s possible to eat like that and still lose weight. What had them sitting up and paying attention though was how well I was losing weight.”

“Slimming World helped me to break it down into chunks and by starting small I’ve managed to build up my activity gradually. I now play golf without using a buggy, I’ve taken up cycling and can honestly say I feel like a different man since losing weight.”

Ann Marie Nairn who runs the Baillieston Slimming World group says she incredibly proud of Thomas: “He has done brilliantly and we’re all amazed by his transformation. We know that many men assume slimming clubs won’t be right for them, but Thomas has shown that once they come through the doors they do so well. Like Thomas, I would advise anyone who would like to lose weight to find the courage to take that first step.”

The Baillieston Slimming World group is held every Wednesday at St Andrews Church, The Old Hall at 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30 pm. Anyone interested in joining the group can pop along or for more information call Ann Marie on 07799 472489.

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