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Local man is biggest loser

By Nicci Gregg

AN east Belfast man is celebrating being named Castlereagh's biggest loser after shedding nearly 10 stone in just 10 months.

Samuel Jackson — formally known as big Sam to his friends — was named the biggest loser at his Castlereagh Slimming World class after losing 9st 8lbs, slimming down to a 38inch waist from a 48inch waist.

Samuel has been following the Slimming World programme for 47 weeks now, along with his wife Nadine Jackson who has also lost an impressive 9st. Together they were named the biggest loser couple.

Speaking to The CT, Samuel said: “With the size I was I thought I would have no chance and would only stay for two weeks.

“At first I was nervous and embarrassed, but after just one week I had lost half a stone so I stuck at it and kept losing more and more every week.”

Samuel and friend, fellow slimming world participant and runner-up in the biggest loser competition, Alison Breadon, described the Slimming World weight loss method as a mixture of healthy eating and food optimising, emphasising that the programme does not feel like a diet.

Samuel continued: “ It is simply about leaning how to cook the food you love in a healthy way.

“You can still eat what you want, when you want, as long as it is done the Slimming World way.”

Alison added: “It would be hard for anyone to fail. Once you start you will be shocked at how easy it is.

Following his local success, Samuel — who is hoping to become a Slimming World consultant in the near future — is now in the heats for the regional finals of the biggest loser.

If he wins he will go on to compete in the Slimming World UK finals.

He added: “My life is totally different, simple things like getting in and out of the car are easier.

“If I can inspire one person to join and stay on this amazing programme and avoid a heart attack or a stroke then I have achieved my goal.”

Samuel’s Slimming world class is held in Castlereagh BMC building on Tuesday nights at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

The joining fee is £5 and each meeting after is £4.95. The group have also started their own facebook group. More information on classes in other areas and cooking ideas can be found at www.slimmingworld.com.

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