Dave Prime, 58, from Swanwick, has lost more than six stone through Weight Watchers
A grandad who lost more than six stone has thanked his Weight Watchers mentor for “saving his life” after doctors confirmed he no longer has diabetes.
In September 2016, Dave Prime weighed 23 stone and 3lbs, wore XXXXL shirts and 48-inch trousers.
He ate McDonald’s for breakfast, KFC for lunch, snacked on chocolate throughout the day, had large dinners and barely did any exercise.
He now weighs 17 stone and 10.5lbs – a total loss of 87 pounds – thanks to the help of his Weight Watchers leader, Nikita Briggs.
The grandad used to wear 48-inch trousers
And doctor’s recently delivered further good news – he is no longer needs to take medication for type-2 diabetes.
The 58-year-old, of Laburnum Crescent, Swanwick, said: “Weight Watchers and Nikita have saved my life. I can’t thank her more. She has completely transformed my lifestyle for the better.
“I now eat healthy food, I’m a lot more active and I go to regular exercise classes with my wife, Jacqui.
“I feel great and my wife calls me her ‘new husband’. We can actually dance together now because I can stand close enough to her.”
The dad-of-two thanked his Weight Watchers leader, Nikita Briggs, for her help
Mr Prime, known to friends as Big Dave due to his size and 6ft 1in height, gradually gained weight over the years while working as a sales representative.
His football friend, Tony Hall, encouraged him to visit a Weight Watchers class in September 2016 and he hasn’t looked back since.
The retired dad-of-two said: “It’s very difficult for a man to attend something like Weight Watchers because it’s usually associated with women. However, everyone there is very welcoming and friendly and I didn’t feel out of place once.
“I go to warrior classes, which are a boxercise-type class to music, with my wife who has supported me all the way.
He can finally dance with his wife again due to his weight loss
“Nikita has always been so motivating – I couldn’t have done it without her. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to lose weight.
“I think retiring helped me lose weight too because I wasn’t always on the go and I had time to focus on my health.
“Thank you so much to my amazing wife, Tony for first introducing me and of course Nikita for everything you’ve done.”
Ms Briggs said: “Dave has been a huge part in our Weight Watchers meeting for the last year. Not only has he changed his life, he is so supportive to all the other members.
“Dave does not realise how amazing he is and how much of an inspiration he is. I am so proud of all that he has done this last year but the icing on the cake was the day he told me he had come of his medication.”
Type-2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterised by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and a relative lack of insulin.
The condition is primarily associated with obesity and a lack of exercise.
Long-term complications include heart disease, stokes, diabetic retinopathy which can result in blindness, kidney failure and poor blood flow in the limbs which may lead to amputations.