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Chatteris slimmer Steve Nicholson is a big loser but may become a big winner too



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Being the best at losing wouldn’t normally help you to scoop an award - yet one man from Chatteris has done just that after being named the town’s ‘Greatest Loser’ 2019.

Steve Nicholson is in the running to win a cash prize. (7957407)
Steve Nicholson is in the running to win a cash prize. (7957407)

That’s because Steve Nicholson has lost a life-changing 4st to take the title, which is awarded to the member of the Chatteris Thursday Slimming World group who has lost the most weight, and feels great as a result.

Steve says: “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a loser when it feels this good! I feel like a new man since losing weight – in fact, I look so different that people who I haven’t seen for a while often can’t believe I’m the same person. For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the greatest – I’m happier, healthier and much more confident now.”

The proud 27-year-old joined the Chatteris Thursday group, which is run by Sarah Doyle, in September 2018. Steve says: “My weight impacted on so many aspects of my life, from struggling to find clothes that I like to fit to not being able to do simple everyday tasks without feeling tired and out of breath. Before I lost the weight I hated having my photo taken and whenever I saw pictures of myself I knew that my smile wasn’t real – yet now I’m beaming.”

After hearing about it from his wife Kirsty, who joined a week earlier, Steve decided to join his local Slimming World group. He says: “Walking through those doors was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I was embarrassed about my size and scared that I might be the biggest person there. I needn’t have worried though, everyone there was so friendly and I was so relieved when I found out that my weight was confidential – I’d had visions of having to tell everyone how much I weighed!

“Since then I’ve made so many friends at the group and I honestly don’t think I could have done it without their support each week. They helped me with recipes and tips and if I was ever struggling they were always there to remind me why I’d wanted to lose weight in the first place and how far I’d come since first stepping through the doors.”

He continues: “People think slimming means going hungry, yet it’s not like that at all with 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 cooking with low calorie spray instead of oil or butter. It fits in really well with the rest of my family and we can all eat the same meals. This is a change that I’ve made for life and have the tools I need to keep up forever.”

Today Steve is also more active and is regularly found running around after his two year old son, who Steve has said was his main reason for losing the weight, with both Steve and Kirsty having lost their parents at a young age, they didn’t want their son to go through the same.

Sarah, who runs the Chatteris Thursday Slimming World group, said: “The changes we’ve seen in Steve are incredible. I hope his success will inspire other people. There’s a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think, if you start today you could feel like a completely new person just like Steve.”

Each of Slimming World’s 19,000 groups in the UK and Ireland has their own Greatest Loser 2019 and winners will go forward to the national competition. Steve and Sarah, who has now lost 9st 13lbs, and still attends as a member at the group run by Georgina Plumb, are now both waiting to find out if they are in the running for the £3,000 cash prize.

For details contact: 07425 156890.



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