Clean bill of health for Woodbury Salterton man after successfully losing weight

PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 January 2017

Tony Westaway after he lost 13 stone

Tony Westaway after he lost 13 stone


A man who shed weight equivalent to that of an adult male in 18 months has spoken of his new-found enjoyment of life.

Tony Westaway before he lost the weightTony Westaway before he lost the weight

Granddad Tony Westaway, 57, has gone from 27 stone 13 pounds to just 14 stone 13 pounds in the space of 18 months.

Since shedding the weight, he is able to ‘run around’ and play football with his two grandsons and has found he is able to work for longer and not require a long rest in the evening.

He said it has allowed him to enjoy life again.

“Joining a Slimming World group was a big decision and very nerve-wracking – I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Tony.

“I used to think weight-loss meant eating salad and having to eat small portions, which definitely didn’t appeal to me.

“I couldn’t believe it when I was told I could eat unlimited amounts of pasta and rice. Due to my job as a gardener, being full is important to me.

“In my first week, I couldn’t believe how much I was eating and still lost 14 pounds – I haven’t looked back since.”

Four years ago he was hospitalised with pneumonia, which left him with an irregular heartbeat and ‘borderline’ type-two diabetes, and he was going into heart failure due to his weight.

After returning from a holiday in May last year, Tony, from Woodbury Salterton, decided to join the Brixington Slimming World group his wife Gail attends.

He began following Slimming World’s food optimising plan and swapped his diet of sweets and cakes to home-cooked foods.

Now Tony no longer suffers with diabetes and has been given a clean bill of health by heart doctors.

Ali Burford, who runs the Brixington Slimming World group, hopes Tony’s story inspires others to join Slimming World.

The group meets every Monday at 3pm, 5pm or 7pm at Brixington Church. For more information, ring 07773 382707.

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