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Dave’s a new man after losing 288lbs with Slimming World - and walking 6,000 miles!
- Dave Lancaster has lost 288lbs to be named Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2018
- At his heaviest, Dave had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea and the beginnings of gout; now he no longer needs any medication
- Since joining Slimming World, Dave has walked more than 6,000 miles – a distance greater than walking from San Francisco to New York and back again
Just over two years ago Dave Lancaster weighed over 484lbs and struggled to walk to the end of his road. Now, he’s more than 288lbs lighter and has clocked up more than 6,000 miles – walking further than the distance between San Francisco and New York and back again.
The call centre manager joined Slimming World after his weight left him suffering a long list of health complaints, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling joint pain, high cholesterol, the beginnings of gout and sleep apnoea – a condition which can see a person stop breathing in their sleep.
Dave, 45, says: “I found it difficult to walk to the end of my road, I went out so rarely except for work that I was close to becoming a recluse, and I was nearing almost complete immobility. It felt as though as I was getting bigger and bigger, my world was gradually shrinking.”
Now weighing 196lbs, Dave has gone from wearing a size 8XL to a L, and from having a 66in waist to a 36in waist. In recognition of his achievement, Dave has been named Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2018.
“I like the emphasis on eating food that you prepare yourself rather than ready meals and processed food. And I found that I could still eat hearty meals while losing weight.”
Dave, who lives alone in his hometown of Warwick, England, had been overweight all his life, apart from a brief period aged 16 to 18. He tried a range of weight-loss methods, including a meal replacement diet which saw him lose 10st in 2007, but says it failed to educate him about food and he regained the weight he lost soon after.
Dave decided to give Slimming World a try in April 2016. He filled his cupboards with healthy ingredients and began to embrace Slimming World’s Food Optimizing eating plan with vigour, cooking a range of dishes including stir-fries, salads and pasta from scratch. He says: “I like the emphasis on eating food that you prepare yourself rather than ready meals and processed food. And I found that I could still eat hearty meals while losing weight.”
As Dave became more confident in the kitchen, he also began to post about his weight-loss journey online and share his creations on social media too.
Inspired by the other slimmers, Dave also began to be more active. He started walking around his local park, going from one bench to the next until he could walk longer distances without needing regular breaks. Now he leaves the car at home and chooses to walk instead, covering around 10 miles a day. Since joining Slimming World Dave’s walked around 6,000 miles – more than the distance between San Francisco and New York and back again. He says: “I like this form of exercise because instead of costing me, like a gym membership or exercise class would, it saves me money on petrol. Now instead of meeting friends at my house, they join me for a walk!”
In fact, when Dave hit his initial target weight of 14st 7lbs in February 2018, he marked the achievement with a celebration walk with all of the friends who’ve walked with him as he clocked up the miles. He’s also scaled Snowdon in the UK.
Thanks to the changes he’s made Dave’s health has also improved dramatically and he no longer needs to take any medication. His blood sugar reading has dropped from 94 to 25, meaning he displays no type 2 diabetes symptoms. He also no longer wears glasses – an unexpected side effect of his reduced blood sugar levels.
However, Dave says it’s the non-scale victories that have made the biggest difference to his life: “I can fit in the seat of any car I like and on buses, trains and planes; I don’t have to worry about breaking benches or garden furniture anymore; I can buy clothes at the mall and put my own socks on easily; I can walk miles and run up and down the stairs…the list is endless. I’ve got my life back and I couldn’t be happier. The world isn’t shrinking anymore; it’s getting bigger and bigger by the day!”
Breakfast: Two double sausage and egg muffins
Lunch: Six ham, tomato and cucumber sandwiches followed by two packets of chips
Dinner: Take-out or Shepherd’s Pie ready meal with fries
Evening: Two-three bottles of wine, sharing bag of tortilla chips, Cornish pasty
Breakfast: 4 Weetabix with almond milk, berries and a banana
Lunch: Leftovers from the previous evening’s meal, couscous with mackerel, gherkins, mushrooms and onions or a baked potato with cottage cheese or tuna and salad
Dinner: Homemade chilli con carne, made with lean ground beef, with boiled rice
Evening: Berries with fat-free natural yogurt, apples, pickles, olives, half an avocado
*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.