Name: Craig Fisher
Height: 6ft 5
Start size: XXXXXL
Current size: L
Total weight loss: 9st 4lbs
“My struggle with my weight began back in my 20s when I found out my fiancée was cheating on me. I was beyond heartbroken and attempted suicide. I was rushed to hospital and had to undergo treatment and counselling for my depression.
“This led to me finding solace and comfort in food. As a chef it was always on hand. I would think nothing of eating a kebab or burger – or both – most nights of the week in the early hours after a night out. All was well in my world, but then something started to happen.
“When out in town, people would stare and make snide comments about my weight or my size. People I didn’t even know! I tried to ignore the comments but the frequency got worse . . . people would walk past me and shout things like ‘Oi fatty’ or ‘Don’t eat me!’ I was also fat shamed by a colleague at work, which was utterly mortifying.
“Then I came into work and found a packet with a note on it saying ‘Hey Chef! Pretty please make this up for me’, it was a Cambridge Weight Plan product. Not only has CWP changed my life but my family’s too. They are my world and our great adventure of life is just getting started!”
Name: Mike Rwigema
Height: 6ft 2
Start size: XXL
Current size: S
Total weight loss: 6st 1lb
“If ketchup had a brand ambassador, I was the definition of what one should be. As a child, every meal I ate had to have it. This is where my family nickname ‘Ketchup Boy’ came from.
“I was overly obese for my age, which was not healthy, and my parents worked hard at putting me into after-school clubs, Saturday football sessions, evening walks, hiding the ketchup bottle or even not buying it. But nothing seemed to reduce my weight.
“I was excited about going to university, but not comfortable with how I looked. It came to a point where I stopped going out. I deleted all my social media as all my friends were posting pictures of themselves having a great time and looking great . . . something I could not do.
“My mum noticed how my weight affected me so found Cambridge Weight Plan. Now I’m back on social media posting pictures of how great I look and have ditched the ketchup for good!”
Name: Ralph Lawless
Height: 5ft 10
Start size: XXXXXXL
Current size: M
Total weight loss: 17st
“I wasn’t always overweight as my job as a builder kept me fit and slim. But when I was 32 I had a relationship breakdown, which left me emotionally scarred, followed by a back injury which meant I was unable to carry on working.
“Miserable and unbearably lonely, I felt nobody would ever want me. When I looked in the mirror all I saw was a freak. I had no social life, no friends outside work . . . a pointless existence. My self-worth was zero.
“I didn’t want to live my life like this any more, so made a decision and contacted Cambridge Weight Plan. When I stood on the scales for the first time I weighed in at 29st 7lbs – the same as a grizzly bear!
“Now the old me seems a lifetime ago; my life now could not be more different. My social life is amazing, I am out more than I am in, and I have dozens of new friends. I feel reborn and that my life has started afresh. I will never look back.”