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Ex-window cleaner slims down after ditching post-meal beer and chocolate

Stoke on Trent Live logo Stoke on Trent Live 22/09/2022 George Bunn & Dave Knapper

Former window cleaner Brian Forrester was told by doctors to lose weight - after piling on the pounds by having a beer and chocolate after most meals. Brian, from Cheadle, admits he'd become so unfit that he couldn't even walk the dog without getting out of breath.

Now Brian enjoys daily walks after dropping four stone 11lbs.

His old diet of beer and chocolate after meals and regular Chinese takeaways meant his health had begun to suffer. On a visit to the doctor the 63-year-old was warned he had to lose weight and change his diet.

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Brian, who also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and stopped working as a window cleaner in 2011, joined Cheadle Slimming World group as his journey got underway.

He told StaffordshireLive: "I was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2019 and when going for a check-up earlier this year, my doctor told me that I seriously needed to lose some weight”.

“Being overweight impacted on so many aspects of my life, from worrying about my health, struggling to find clothes to fit to not being able to do simple everyday tasks without feeling out of breath. I always felt like I was lacking energy, and just taking the dog for a walk every day was a trial."

Brian Forrester © Slimming World Brian Forrester

“The welcome I received from fellow members and my consultant at my local group was incredible. We share recipes and ideas, support each other when the going gets tough and are generally just there for each other. The motivation I get from the group has helped me stay on track with my weight loss journey and I feel like I can take on the world now. As a group we’re really close."

Brian's former diet included a full fry-up for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a Chinese in the evening, followed by beer and chocolate. Now he is eating scrambled egg on toast for breakfast, fruit and yoghurt for lunch and something healthier in the evening like chicken and rice, with little to no fried food.

He added: "People think slimming means going hungry, yet it’s not like that at all with this healthy eating plan. I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on ‘a diet’. I love cooking all the meals from scratch. That’s the beauty of food optimising, it’s so flexible with so many foods that we can eat and enjoy freely and recipes to choose from so you never need to go hungry. My favourite meals are the ones using different spices to marinade the meat. I easily tailor the plan to fit my dietary needs – all with the support of my doctor."

Today Brian enjoys daily walks, alongside keeping busy with his painting. He has also taken on a new venture of decorating wooden jewellery boxes with stunning acrylic painted designs.

He added: I am absolutely delighted with the work I have done. It was something I never would have done other wise. It was after a referral by the doctor that I knew I had to lose weight. I am over the moon with my progress.

Jackie Hughes, who runs Slimming World groups in Cheadle, Tean and Adderley Green, said: "In the wake of the lockdown and the ensuing “new normal”, we know more people than ever will be looking for support to embrace the rest of their lives feeling happier and healthier. Given that being overweight brings a higher risk of severe illness from covid-19, I’m so determined to help my members and to ensure that they don’t put their weight losses on hold.

"Looking after our health is more important than ever right now, and the changes Brian has told us about are incredible. I hope his success will inspire other local people who’d like to lose weight, improve their health and form new lifestyle habits to take action. Just think, if you join a Slimming World group today you too could feel like a completely new person just like Brian."

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