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Weight loss is way to raise pounds
A THATCHER from Swindon has dropped the stones and raised the pounds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance after following a strict diet for 20 weeks.
Chris Bint lost six stone after signing up to the All About Weight diet, and decided to fundraise for the rescue helicopter as an added incentive.
“I needed to lose some weight, so I thought I would try to do a sponsored weight loss, which gives you a goal to strive for at the end,” said the 43-year-old, of Haydon End.
“My wife went to work at Great Western Hospital and had a day with the Air Ambulance, so we thought that would be a great project to support.
“We also work in some remote places, because I am a thatcher, and some of the jobs we have to go on are quite a bit out of the way.”
Chris added he was even more pleased the money would be going to a good cause after discovering the Air Ambulance had lost its links with Wiltshire Police.
“It is even better that the money is going to them now that I have found out about their funding being cut off,” he added.
“The money has not stopped coming in yet and I have to tally it up, but it should be around the £500 mark.
“It all started with a bet with the owner of Blackworth cars, called Marcus. It was a little side bet with him and he said that if I could lose that amount of weight then he would give me £100.
“I started on April 2 and I had lost all the weight I needed to two weeks ago at the beginning of August. I had set myself the target of losing six stone to reach the fundraising goal, which has basically taken about 20 weeks.”
Chris puts all the weight loss down to his new diet, and has not changed his exercise habits.
“It is just a very good diet,” he said. “It is the only one I have been on and it has been so successful. It is very easy, and is simply a low carb, low calorie, meal restriction diet. I have a consultant who I go to see once a week to get weighed and checked up.
“After you have had the first three days on it when your sugar levels crash, it is a very easy diet to follow.
“I haven’t really changed my lifestyle at all and haven’t been taking more exercise, it is purely down to the diet.
“I am going to lose another two stone and have a look at where I am then to see if I want to carry on losing weight. I started out at 24 stone nine pounds, and I am now 18 stone eight pounds. I am going to hit 16 stone and then reassess.
“We are going to do a fundraising day every year through my work at Steve Fowler and Sons Master Thatchers. They are going to sponsor me every day for a year. They have been extremely supportive of the whole thing.
“Life is so much easier now. Because we spend all day running up and down ladders and generally moving around, things are a lot easier now that I have lost the weight. It has given me a real spring in my step.
“I feel a lot lighter and it makes a lot of difference.
“I would recommend the diet to anybody but I would advise going to a consultant who keeps you on track so you can’t cheat yourself.”
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