‘Sidmouth slimmer’ celebrates huge weight loss

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 July 2014

Slimming World member Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 9016-29-14AW

Slimming World member Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 9016-29-14AW

Archant

A morbidly obese dad from Sidmouth, who once topped the scales at more than 27 stone, has shed nearly half his body weight in just over a year.

Slimming World member Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Ref shs 9019-29-14Slimming World member Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Ref shs 9019-29-14

Graeme Bernard, 52, weighed almost twice as much as an average-sized man after he gave up smoking and substituted his cravings with sweets and takeaways.

The Tyrrell Mead resident also lived a ‘couch potato’ lifestyle, which encouraged his eating. His waistline eventually ballooned - with him weighing in at a hefty 27 stone and nine pounds.

Graeme said he spent most of his working days as a high-flying senior manager fighting the embarrassment of meeting his clients because of his size.

“I quit smoking in 1999 because I had high blood pressure,” the father-of-two said. “I was advised to give up cigarettes so I substituted them with food and drink.”

Cara Shepherd, Slimming World group leader with Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 9011-29-14AWCara Shepherd, Slimming World group leader with Graeme Bernard who lost over 13 stones within 14 months. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 9011-29-14AW

After reaching breaking point, Graeme decided he would take action and he ended up joining Slimming World - a decision which he says ‘transformed’ his life.

As he learned more about healthy eating and portion control, the weight started to fall off to such a degree that he lost 13 stone and two pounds in just 14 months.

Such is the success of Graeme Bernard’s drastic weight loss that he made it to the semi-final of Slimming World’s Man of the Year competition in Derbyshire.

Pitted against 36 other slimming hopefuls, Graeme failed to make the final, but called the experience an ‘honour’.

He continues to eat the same sized portions as he did when he was larger, but has learnt how to cook the right ingredients to ensure his weight remains healthy.

“I am now the same weight I was in 1985,” he said. “I am still going to Slimming World so I can keep an eye on myself.”

Cara Shepherd, who runs the Sidmouth group which Graeme attends, said: “Graeme is almost unrecognisable from the man who walked into my group all those months ago.

“He’s shown that making small changes to the way you eat and becoming more active bit by bit can make a huge difference.

“I hope he inspires lots of other men in Sidmouth who’d like to lose weight to go for it and join Slimming World.”

Other News Stories

36 minutes ago

Do you know your Fore Street from your Old Fore Street? Take our quiz to see just how much you know about Sidmouth.

Read more
09:30

Internationally acclaimed young violinist to perform in Sidmouth

Read more
Yesterday, 17:33

Builders have been praised for ‘fantastic’ work that has led to the opening of the town’s main routes, two months after a major fire above the Pine Store.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:34

The public are invited to attend a meeting to reveal the results of a traffic survey.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:42

A pub giant has quashed rumours that it will be coming to Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:42

Dog walkers and passers by were treated to a rare sight as a seal was seen off Sidmouth beach.

Read more
Mon, 17:33

The national chain has issued a statement in regards to cleaning the street outside of its shop front.

Read more
Mon, 15:49

Figures obtained using a Freedom of Information request show that East Devon District Council has spent more than £200,000 on gagging orders over the past four years.

Read more
Mon, 12:31

Patients with a rare ulcerative condition are being treated faster thanks to ‘groundbreaking research’ by a former Sidmouth nurse.

Read more
Mon, 11:27

Children don’t have long to wait until they can enjoy new trampolines, zip wires, swings and roundabouts at three new Sid Valley play parks.

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°C

Most read

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications