A super slimmer who has lost almost a quarter of his body weight over the past year has been named the “greatest loser” by his slimming club.
In February 2012, Chris Kiziak, of Irchester, weighed 27st 8lb and his size was affecting every aspect of his daily life. But after joining Wollaston’s Slimming World club he has shed 7st 2.5lb and won the group’s slimmer of the year prize.
The inches have gone too, as the 30-year-old has gone from a 58in waist and almost 5XL to 48in waist and a size 2XL/3XL. He’s also more active and regularly plays table tennis – and is now even winning some local competitions.
Chris said: “I feel like a new man since losing weight. I look so different that people I haven’t seen for a while say they don’t recognise me. I feel happier and healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m much more confident now too.
“Before I lost the weight I’d pretend I didn’t care that I was bigger than other people, but that just wasn’t true. I hated clothes shopping as I had to order everything online and just climbing up the stairs would leave me out of breath. I felt awful.
“It’s fantastic that since losing the weight I can shop from high street stores and walking up the stairs is no longer a problem.
“I still have more weight to lose but know I can do that with the support of my group. Now I just want to make up for lost time and experience all of the things that my previous weight held me back from doing.”
Dawn Bell, who runs the Wollaston slimming group, said: “The change we’ve seen in Chris is amazing. He’s a huge inspiration to the other members and I hope his success will inspire other people in the area who’d like to lose weight and become happier and healthier to take action.”
Each of Slimming World’s 10,000 groups has its own “Greatest Loser 2013” and winners will go forward to the national competition. Chris is now waiting to find out if he’s in the running for the £3,000 cash prize.
Recipe for weight loss success
He said: “People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad, obsessively counting every calorie you eat and weighing or measuring everything on your plate, but it’s not like that at all at Slimming World. I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on a diet.
“I still enjoy all my favourite meals like burgers and chips and roast dinners but I’ve learned how to make small changes like using lean meat or low calorie cooking spray instead of oil or butter. It fits in really well with the rest of my family as well.”