An Eastbourne man who has lost nearly than half his body weight has narrowly missed out on becoming Slimming World’s Man of the Year.
Twenty-eight-year-old Tim Clifford has lost a whopping 12st 6.5lb. Tim has dropped from 25st 6lb to 12st 13.5lb since joining his local Slimming World group in Pevensey Bay.
He was one of just 36 entrants from across the UK and Ireland to win a place in the finals of Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2013 contest where he met Samia Ghadie, who is famous for playing Maria Connor in the ITV1 soap.
Tim says it can be hard for men to admit they have a weight problem and need help to slim down.
He said, “I was nervous about telling people when I joined Slimming World but when they saw how much weight I was losing – and how much food I was eating – they were impressed.
“I haven’t given up my man-sized portions and I still enjoy all my old favourites like curry and rice or a juicy steak with lots of potatoes and veg, they’re just cooked differently now. I even enjoy a beer when I fancy it as well.
“My family and friends are really proud of me for doing something about my weight, because they know that it made me unhappy and they were worried about me.”
Tim also had some advice for other slimmers. He said, “The key to good success is to believe in yourself, be realistic and most importantly be proud of your achievements.”
Tim says his new figure is as much as he could have ever wanted, but getting through to the final of the competition was an added bonus.
He said, “I was pleased when I found out I’d made the finals of Slimming World’s Man of the Year competition, but I didn’t lose weight to win a competition. I did it to improve my health and to be able to do more with my family, and I’ve done that, which is the best prize I could ask for.”