Former sporty schoolboy scores his weight-loss goal after losing 6st!
25-year-old Liam Smith from Normanton, West Yorkshire gained weight after giving up his sporty hobbies. He joined his local group and lost 6st* in six months to become Slimming World’s ‘Mr Sleek’ 2017. He's 5ft 11½ins and now weighs 13st.
“When I was at school my whole life revolved around sport. I played badminton for East Yorkshire at county level, was in a football team every weekend and was studying Physical Education at A-Level. I chose to study theatre at university and left sport behind though, and that’s when I began to gain weight.
“My confidence fell, I found it difficult to find clothes to fit and hated seeing photos of myself so much that I often ‘untagged’ myself on Facebook.
“It was in May 2016 after celebrating my birthday weekend with my friends – and having to buy an XXL shirt for the day – that I decided to make a change. I’m originally from Bridlington and my friends had come to visit. We had a really unhealthy weekend – McDonald’s breakfasts, takeaways, lots of alcohol – and the moment they went home I knew I had to do something about my size. Luckily my mum was joining Slimming World the following week so I made her promise to take me along.
“I was so nervous that first night because it didn’t feel like something many males in their mid-20s do, but everyone was so welcoming and before long I considered them friends. I was excited too though because I knew people said Slimming World worked so I was eager to crack on.
“I’d only ever tried losing weight by eating healthily and exercising on my own before and I’d never managed to keep it up longer than a few weeks. This time I really enjoyed the support I got and feeling like I was inspiring other people, too. Our group’s like one big family.
“Eating for me used to be about comfort food and laziness, I enjoy cooking now and regularly cook for my best friend who I live with too – he’s lost 2st just by eating the same meals as me.
For breakfast I enjoy a big plate of grilled lean bacon (visible fat removed), mushrooms, tomatoes, scrambled eggs and baked beans, with wholemeal toast. Lunch is usually chicken salad or omelette, and I love a homemade curry in the evening.
“I’ve also become more active. I’ve joined a local football team and I’m getting back into badminton. My dream is to become a football coach so one day I can coach my two-year-old brother Charlie in a team, and I’d also love to try skydiving and bungee jumping.
“I’m much more confident and I love sharing pictures on social media now. Since seeing what I’ve been able to achieve lots of people I know have started slimming too. I feel so passionate about it that I’ve decided to open my own Slimming World group to help more people lose weight like I have.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.