Tom Read, Cheltenham

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Age: 31
Lost: 39kg (26%)


I’ve gone from being the heaviest I’ve ever been to the slimmest I’ve been since my teenage years. It’s allowed me to make some great friends and increase from hardly playing football to playing at least two times a week. It’s also helped me socially because I would go to events thinking that I’d be the largest guy there and made me think that I shouldn’t be there.

I’d heard of MAN v FAT before but I had no idea how much it would change my life. I used to play five-a-side with mates every week but I stopped playing around the age of 24.

The support you get from the coaches is first class and there is no shame in it. With other weight loss programmes, I’d feel under pressure if I’d had a bad week.

“It’s given me a routine that has allowed my mental health and confidence to improve so much, in my past I was drinking so much and just sitting home eating and this contributed to my poor health. If I hadn’t started the weight loss, then I know I would be in a much worse place.

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