From 18 stones to multiple medals at English rowing nationals.
Weight loss 8 stone*; fitness gain immeasurable
Diana’s story in her own words:
“I was a fit and slim teenager but long hours desk-bound in a high pressure job combined with over-indulgent eating habits had led to an inexorable, steady increase in weight so that by my mid-50s I had weighed in around 17-19 stone for several years. While not embracing the various fad diets, I had tried to lose weight from time to time but to no avail.
A mutual friend rigged an introduction for me to Adam, founder of Diets Don’t Work and I found myself tentatively signed up for a few sessions with him. Initially, I asked him to help me get fitter rather than talk to me about losing weight, which I had no confidence in being able to do. But then the weight started coming off as well! Two years later, the results speak for themselves through the photographs. I lost nearly 8 stone (50 kgs for those who think metric!) and am fitter than I’ve been since my teenage years if not even fitter!
Achieved by a combination of exercise and sensible diet improvements and trade-offs. A growing addiction to the endorphins generated by intense exercise has forced on me a more balanced lifestyle. And it has its compensations! I’ve thrown away all my old clothes and acquired a completely new wardrobe. And my arm, leg and shoulder muscles are the envy of many friends much younger than myself.
The fitness improvements have been dramatic: I’ve gone from a wobbly plank of 11 secs to a PB of 3 mins 50 secs; from not being able to walk up a local hill without puffing to just having returned from Chile and Bolivia trekking and walking up mountains at over 5,000 metres (over 16,000 ft). I now dance, run, play badminton, kayak and still train with Adam 3 times a week. I have also discovered that I’m really good at rowing! After 4 months of hard training I managed a silver medal at the English Indoor Rowing Championships in the 60-69 age group! And the weight is staying off. It’s been a truly life-changing experience.”*
Update – Diana has since won a gold medal in the British National Indoor Rowing Competition (2000m masters) along with a silver medal in the 500m sprint, masters.
*Disclaimer: please note that results may vary from person to person. You will need to be reasonably dedicated, take on board our nutritional advice and work hard (for your level) in the sessions.