Slimmers lose 754 stone in 2016

Boxing day swim in Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 53-16TI 4403. Picture: Terry Ife

Boxing day swim in Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 53-16TI 4403. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth slimmers celebrated a ‘fantastic’ end to 2016 after shedding a combined total of 754 stone.

Across the year, some 200 members of the town’s Slimming World groups shed 4.7tonnes - equivalent in weight to a small African elephant.

The terrific total in 2016 was some 151 stone more than slimmers lost the previous year.

Slimming World consultant Jon Borowik said simpler recipes were a contributing factor.

Last month, members took part in the Boxing Day Swim to showcase their newfound confidence.

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Jon said: “We have members who are coming in to lose half a stone - and that can be just as dramatic as losing six stone.

“The weight loss does help their health and gives them a new lease of life.”

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During 2016, the groups have also raised more than £3,400 for Cancer Research UK through a series of collections, a clothes throw, and Race For Life.

“Its been a fantastic year for our local Slimming World groups and we have loved supporting the local community - especially the fundraising we have been doing for Cancer Research UK,” said Jon.

Fellow consultant Harriet Steptoe added: “Since becoming part of the Sidmouth team in April, I have enjoyed watching the members grow in confidence as they drop the excess weight.”

Jon offered advice to those looking to lose weight following the Christmas period and said: “It’s normal, we are all human, we are bound to put on weight here and then.

“It’s now about really putting the focus on what the members want. Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight.”

To find out more information about Slimming World, contact Jon on 07912665129.

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