The photo that changed my life*

34-year-old David Eyres was so shocked by a photo of him and his son, that he joined Slimming World in January 2014 to set a healthier example for his three children. In a year, he lost 63lbs* and feels like a happier, proud dad!

Photograph of david eyres after slimming world
Photograph of david eyres before slimming world

“I’d been overweight since my twenties and turned to food for comfort when my dad died from cancer in 2009. I’d get out of breath easily, even just climbing the stairs in our house, so I didn’t really play games or sports with the kids. I worried I was setting a bad example for them. I tried to put it to the back of my mind, but when I saw the photo of me and my oldest son Ben, who was eight at the time, I knew I needed to do something. I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and my confidence and happiness levels were pretty much at zero.

"My wife Kelly suggested that we join Slimming World together. When I'd followed diets in the past I’d always feel deprived so even when I lost weight I wasn’t really happy. I could only ever keep them up for so long and as soon as I went back to 'normality' I'd pile the weight back on. With Slimming World it was different."

"We love homemade curries—they taste just like the take out Indian food we used to get for takeout, but obviously they’re a lot better for you. Beef madras is my favorite—washed down with a bottle of beer and a couple of small chocolate bars for dessert.

“I couldn’t believe the change in me in just a few months. I’m very competitive and I loved collecting the awards that you get for every 5lbs you lose. They made me want to keep going for the next milestone.

“I’m a landscape gardener, so work is a lot easier now, and I joined a gym. Best of all, I can run around with the kids and practice rugby with Ben at the park. I’ve gone from feeling like a failed parent to feeling like a proud dad. My youngest son Max, who’s four, loves telling everyone that his daddy doesn't have a big belly anymore—my kids are my biggest supporters.

“Kelly lost over 70lbs, too, so we’re both so proud of each other—it’s amazing to think we’ve lost nearly 140lbs between us in a year! I’m so glad we did this together.

“I hope my story will show people, especially other men, that losing weight doesn’t have to be hard, and it really is possible to make your New Year’s resolutions come true. On Christmas Eve one year after I joined Slimming World, Ben and I recreated the photo that made me want to start losing weight, I looked like a different guy—and I feel like one, too.”

*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.

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*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.