WINNER Slimmer of the year 2019
WINNER, Slimmer of the Year New Zealand
Starting weight: 152.0kg
Final weight: 76.0kg
Total lost: 76.0kg
Size: 5XL (50"+) to M (32" inch waist)
Medical: Type 2 Diabetes (max oral med) to Diabetes Remission (no medication)
My name is Richard Giles, I am 60 years of age, married to my
wife, Carrie Giles for 35 years and have one son, William. I am
British by nationality and have been living in New Zealand for
the past 6 years and is working as a Transport Projects Manager
in Palmerston North.
For how long have you been overweight?
And how has it impacted your life?
I have struggled with my weight all my life really, but this became
a much bigger issue for me in, I would say the last 10 years or so.
My weight slowly crept up over the years to 152kg and following
a random blood test by my GP just after joining the Cambridge
Weight Plan, I found out I had become a type 2 diabetic.
In recent years my weight has impacted on my life greatly. I was
struggling to do things that thinner people take for granted, like
bending over to tie my shoelaces, climbing the stairs in the
house and walking more than just a 50 paces or so. I could not
do things with my family that I wanted to do, even simple things
that involved walking maybe. Life for me was pretty grim really!
Had you tried any weight loss methods before?
Diets?? You name it, I have tried it and failed! I’ve tried all sorts
of fad diets over the years and more recently the Keto diet, but
had little or no success with them.
What led you to choose Cambridge Weight Plan?
I was already aware of the Cambridge Weight Plan from living in the UK, as it is very popular and originated there and knew people that had successfully lost weight using it. I felt it suited me, as I am the type of person that requires to know exactly what I can eat on a diet without too much hassle, so Cambridge and their products were perfect for me. My main reason for wanting to lose weight was for health reasons mainly, given my type 2 diabetes.
What was different about Cambridge Weight Plan compared to other weight loss options you have tried?
I found that other diets were more difficult and time consuming to follow. With the Cambridge Weight Plan, it was very easy as the products were all very nutritious and calorie counted, so it was just a case of choosing the products that I liked and eating them and nothing else - simple! With all the other diets I tried, there was calories or carbs to count and food that you can or can’t have and measuring quantities etc. The Cambridge products compared to other diets where you buy food products, is very different, as Cambridge has a large choice of options to suit everyone. I found my consultant, Amy, to be fantastic and her support has been second to none. She has provided much support without too much contact or any pressure, so it has been very good.
How did being overweight impact your life?
I was very unhappy being overweight, as I believe most obese are if they are honest with themselves! I never wanted to go anywhere, given that any clothes looked awful on me and I was unhappy with how I looked and I was always conscious that I could not walk very far, so socialising could be quite difficult and it was easier not to bother. My moods impacted on my family life also, as (my wife tells me) that I was always quite grumpy and there was always issues surrounding food in one way or another. My work life was also affected, again due to not being able to walk too far without having to sit down, breathless. At home, I would dread going to bed as that involved walking upstairs and me being unable to catch my breath when I got to the top. Even tying my shoe laces was difficult and a major operation for me!
Did you suffer any of health issues due to your weight? Have any of these problems now been overcome since losing the weight?
My Type 2 diabetes has now disappeared and I am no longer taking any drugs for this, which is just the best feeling. My psychological health and family life have improved significantly and, as my wife tells me, she and my son no longer have to walk around on eggshells with regards to food, clothes, and of course my weight and its restriction on our lives. I generally feel absolutely fantastic and have so much energy now.
Have any of your friends/family members decided to lose weight with Cambridge Weight Plan since seeing your weight loss success?
I have a few friends here in New Zealand who are interested in the Cambridge Weight Plan and I have provided them with the details. Apart from my son and wife, all my family live in the UK and only a few of them are aware of my weight loss.
I feel that the Cambridge Weight Plan is a fantastic way to lose weight for anyone, with many different option and a vast choice of food replacement products. The advice and support during the weight loss process is second to none and plan is very easy to follow.
My weight loss of 76kg since February 2019 has dramatically changed my life and that of my family’s for the better. My general health and wellbeing has improved beyond measure and I am a completely different and better person as a direct result of the Cambridge Weight Plan. I would strongly recommend the Cambridge Weight Plan to anyone.