Research shows that men are better slimmers than women and two Tickhill men are helping to prove that after shedding seven stone between them.
A study by slimming company Slimming World found that when men join one of the organisation’s 13,000 groups they lose more weight than women, with male slimmers losing an average of 6.1 per cent of their weight in three months compared to women who lose an average of 4.6 per cent in the same time.
Andy and Mick Mills are certainly a success story.
Thanks to the support of the village weight loss group, Andy, 57, has lost three stone in 15 weeks and also received his personal achievement target and Mick has lost four stone in 21 weeks.
Due to their achievement they have been voted Tickhill’s Slimming World Man of the Year 2015.
Mick, 49, said: “I’d been unhappy with my size for some time and tried to lose weight, I did join a different slimming organisation but I couldn’t really get on with it. I tried to exercise and tried to watch what I ate, but I’d never lose much weight – or if I did it wouldn’t stay off for long. Then, when my wife who was a member at Tickhill Slimming World group suggested I should join, I realised I didn’t have anything to lose – except weight – and I thought I should at least give it a go.
“I was very nervous walking into the group for the first time, everyone was so friendly though and I soon realised we were all there for the same reason. I haven’t looked back since and, at four stone lighter, I definitely don’t have any regrets.”
On joining the group Mick and Andy began following a food optimising eating plan and were delighted to discover they could eat hearty meals without worrying about portion sizes and still lose weight.
As the pounds started to drop off, Mick found he had more energy: “I started walking more and leaving the car behind where I could, before long I could feel the benefits and was ready for something more strenuous, now I have started cycling.
“I can honestly say I feel like a different man since losing weight. Now I feel so much fitter and healthier and I walk 4-5 miles a day, before I was lucky if I did a mile.
“I’m looking at a better future, thinner, healthy and fitter. I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m focussed and have already got my sight on my next goal.”
Mick has set himself a further challenge and is due to take part in the 3 Peaks Challenge - a 25 mile trek to be completed between nine and 12 hours on August 8, in aid of Help for Heroes. Make a donation can do so via justgiving.com/m.mills2