Then after watching ITV’s This Time Next Year, Mike decided it was time for him to lose weight.
“I suddenly noticed my body and behaviours changing”
He said: “I was 26 when I hit the 28st mark, I suddenly noticed my body and behaviours changing.
“Weight was dropping off, I was struggling to sleep, I needed the toilet every forty minutes and, on one occasion after getting up all night, I was too exhausted to get up again and I wet the bed.
“After this, my wife told me I had to make a doctor’s appointment.
“Foolishly I didn’t acknowledge the severity of the symptoms and after some time passed I eventually plucked up the courage to see the doctor and I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.”
WEIGHT LOSS: Mike Jarman dropped 6st after he joined LighterLife (Pic: LIGHTERLIFE )
Then when he finally applied for the show in January 2017, the dad tipped the scales at 22st.
Seven months later, Mike dropped 1.5st, but then for the next two months he didn’t gain or lose any weight.
Mike added: “I was off work for ten days over the school holidays and before I knew it, I had gained half a stone. Four weeks later, I was up to 21st 7lbs. Not only had I gained, I had gone past my starting weight.
“I broke down and I was giving up. I sent a video into the production company and told them I didn’t want to do it anymore. I was broken, emotional and felt I had let myself, my family, my children and the production company down.”
TRANSFORMATION: The dad-of-five reversed type-2 diabetes symptoms (Pic: LIGHTERLIFE)
LIGHTERLIFE: He joined the group’s Total Plan programme (Pic: LIGHTERLIFE)
Following the LighterLife Total Plan, the dad began to change his diet by eating the products.
He continued: “What really helped was the group counselling aspects and cognitive behavioural therapies LighterLife uses.
“I always left my group feeling more positive about life and what I wanted to achieve.
“When I went back to film the show a year later, I had only been on LighterLife for four months and had lost 4st 7lbs.
“I knew I had lost weight but seeing Davina’s reaction made me realise how noticeable it was.”
This Time Next Year: Mike finds out he has reversed his diabetes
He waited to see the results of whether his diabetes had been reversed.
Mike explained: “The production team put my original blood glucose level on the screen and I watched as it decreased from 108 down to 48 and I was told that I was in remission.
“In just six months, I had successfully reversed my type-2 diabetes by following the LighterLife Total Plan.”
HEALTHY: He will no longer need his medication (Pic: LIGHTERLIFE)
“Now eight months on from the show I have continued to lose weight and I am now under my initial goal of 15st.
“I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been. I’ve managed to reduce diabetes medication from seven tablets per day to just one, and when I’ve been diabetes free for 12 months, I will be medication free for the first time in over 13 years.
“I cannot thank LighterLife enough because without their support, guidance and mentorship none of this would have been possible.
“This has not only changed my life, but it’s fair to say it has saved my life.”
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