Start your weight loss journey today and you could be more than 20lbs* lighter in 3 months.
“I’m back in the game”*
After trying many diets, Dann Sullivan, 30, joined Slimming World with his wife to improve his health. Dann found an enjoyable, easy way to lose weight without feeling deprived—and a hidden talent along the way.
“Throughout my life, I’ve taken comfort in food and have never really been happy with my weight. I was crushed when I realized I was no longer fit enough to run around in soccer, which I’d played since I was six. I moved positions and had to start playing as goalkeeper instead.
“Being overweight and working as an electrician, in a male-dominated environment, there were plenty of jokes about my size. I laughed them off, but on the inside I was really unhappy. My weight affected my performance at work, too, and possibly held me back from promotions. I couldn’t do jobs as quickly or as efficiently as my co-workers, and I often felt nervous about fitting through hatches or into tight spaces. Every night I’d come home exhausted and in pain, especially my back.
“A real eye-opener came during a routine health checkup. A nurse told me I was ‘medically obese’ and that my size was putting my health at risk. The idea that I was damaging my health and risking not being there for my daughters was devastating, and I knew I had to do something.
Discovering a new way to lose weight
“My wife, Rachel, suggested we join Slimming World together, but I was unsure. Over many years I’d tried every diet under the sun, but they had always meant not eating or eating less. I was so used to failing when it came to weight loss that when I joined Slimming World, I didn’t tell any of my colleagues.
“A week later—after seven days of following Food Optimizing, the eating plan, with Rachel—I discovered I’d lost 10 pounds! Just weeks in, I couldn’t have been prouder to say I was a Slimming World member, and my workmates were all asking how the weight was falling off me. They couldn’t believe I was eating as much as I was and losing weight. Before Slimming World, I’d skip breakfast and have a baguette sandwich for lunch, snack on cakes and cookies, then heat up something frozen or get takeout for dinner. Now, I made the most of all the delicious Free Food you can eat in unlimited amounts, to satisfy your appetite when you’re Food Optimizing.
Cooking up filling family favorites
“I started my day with high-fiber cereal piled with berries; then I’d have a huge pasta salad for lunch, with fruit and yogurt between meals. I discovered I’m a bit of a master chef—and that’s saying something, going from emptying a box or package for dinner to mixing spices and experimenting with new flavors and foods. I made all of our family favorites the Slimming World way, which everyone loved: chili, spaghetti with meat sauce, and lean steak with asparagus and roasted butternut squash.
“The support I received from my group was amazing. Any time I had an event coming up, they helped me put a plan in place, and they motivated me to come back week after week. If I needed recipe ideas or extra encouragement, they would be there for me. It sounds clichéd but my friends in my group are like a family to me now, and I rarely miss a weekly group meeting.
Getting back my active stride
“I was so motivated by my weight loss that I also upped my activity levels. Rachel and I started doing high-intensity interval training workouts after putting the children to bed, and I discovered a passion for running, so much so that I’m now training for a marathon. Even better, I won my place back on the soccer field!
“The best thing about my weight loss is that now, I believe in myself. My confidence has increased tenfold, and not just in the way I look—now I believe I can do anything I put my mind to. I also love how this has changed my relationship with my family. Just watching my girls running around used to tire me out. Now I have so much more energy to play with them and we love going on long family walks with our dog, Maggie. I’m much fitter at work too—the only time I ache now is after a long run!”
*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.
If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.