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What diet did they use?
When it comes to losing weight, it can be incredibly difficult for dieters to stick to their fitness plan. Often it helps to have a weight loss buddy to keep you motivated. One couple who benefited from this is Katie and Tony Viney, who recently lost an incredible 196 pounds together. The couple decided to lose weight, after worrying that their size wouldn’t allow them to see their grandchildren grow up.
"As a busy mum of four, I’d put my health to the bottom of the pile for years. I’d always been big, but with every pregnancy, I just became bigger and bigger. Each of my pregnancies was deemed high-risk because of my weight – so much so that I needed a big luminous sticker on all of my notes,” Katie revealed.
The Moment of Enlightenment
Their lightbulb moment came when their eldest daughter turned 18, and they began to think about their long-term future.
“Our eldest daughter Rhiannon was about to turn 18. Then it hit me: My children were becoming adults themselves – and that one day, I might have grandchildren. At the rate I was going, I knew that I wouldn’t be around to see them. My fitness was terrible, and even a short walk would tire me out. I didn’t even like walking up the stairs unless I had to. Something had to change,” Katie continued.
The Couple decides to change their lives and get involved in the Slimming World diet. The dieticians choose from a list of low-fat foods. It is possible to eat a certain amount of "Syn" foods, too.
As a result, Katie, 45, managed to drop an incredible 9th 1.5lbs and Tony shed 5th 2.5lbs.
They have now been named Slimming World’s 2019 Couple of the Year.
How did they do it?
Tony, 52, decided to support his wife on her weight loss journey after she asked for an unusual present one Christmas.
He said: “Like every year, in December 2017, I asked Katie what she would like for Christmas. She became a bit emotional and asked me if she could have a Slimming World membership. I could see how much she wanted to make a change. So I decided to bite the bullet and go along with her.
“I’d always been overweight myself – I grew up in a fish and chip shop, so there was still fried food on the menu. I used to get bored of eating fish and chips so developed a liking for deep-fried pies.
“When Katie told me she didn’t think she’d be alive to see any of our grandchildren grow up, it shocked me into action. We joined our local Slimming World group that January and honestly we haven’t looked back since.”
The pair subsequently joined a Slimming World group in Oxfordshire in January last year.
At first, Katie and Tony were nervous about signing up, with Katie saying: “Even with Tony by my side, the nerves kicked in. We were greeted with a big smile from our Consultant, though, and she made us feel at ease straight away. Everyone in the group was so friendly, and there was a great sense of us all being in it together. Tony was especially pleased when he heard about the eating plan, too!”
What did they eat?
As a professional chef, Tom worried they’d have to give up all their “favorite foods” and live on a diet of lettuce.
However, the couple couldn’t have been more wrong, with Tom explaining: “I soon realized that I could adapt many of our favorite family meals to make them the Slimming World way – just by making simple swaps like switching from oil to low-calorie cooking spray and using lean cuts of meat. One of our favorites is beef stroganoff; it’s delicious.”
Before, teaching assistant Katie - who slimmed down from just over 21st to 9st, going from a dress size 24 to a 10 - survived on a diet of pastries for breakfast, sandwiches, and crisps for lunch, the takeaway for dinner, and more biscuits and crisps for snacks.
She swapped her previously poor diet for a much healthier plan of porridge and berries for breakfast, salads for lunch, beef stroganoff for dinner, with lots of fruits to snack on or Slimming World hi fiber bars.
The Results Were Grandiose
The benefits were endless, and not only impacted on Katie's appearance, but her physical health, too.
“I developed lymphedema in my legs after getting cellulitis a few years ago. As a result, I had to wear surgical stockings all of the time. Since losing weight, though, my circulation has improved so much that one of my legs is completely back to normal now," Katie explained.
“If I’m honest, I never truly realized how much our weight was having an impact on our lives before. We have such a zest for life now, and we’re ready to take on anything.”
Like Katie, Tony's diet was unbalanced before Slimming World. The Chef ate small bowls of muesli for breakfast. Meat products were on the menu for lunch. Also, for dinner, there was a snack from the takeaway around the corner. And in between of course many unhealthy snacks like chips and cookies.
Now, at 11th 4.5lbs, he enjoys a more varied diet. Adding fruit and yogurt to Weetabix biscuits for breakfast, and eating salads for lunch, beef stroganoff for dinner, and lots of fruit and vegetables.
Our Life Has Become More Active
“Before we lost the weight, we were barely active at all. On our family holidays, we’d drive up to a beach, open the car doors, and watch the kids play from the comfort of the car. Then we’d pack them all up again, drive a bit further up the coast and do the same again,” he said.
“I realize now that we weren’t enjoying the time with our children to the fullest. These days we run four to five miles a day with our two dogs, and we’re full of energy. Busy family days out are the norm for us now. We hope to be this fit and active for many more years to come.”