A single dad-of-two appears unrecognisable after his unbelievable weight reduction helped him to “reverse” his kind two diabetes.
Dave Wooden, 56, from Croxteth, who at his heaviest weight 24 stone, has two daughters – Ellie, 23, and Estelle, 18.
A end result of life occasions and turning to meals for comfort contributed to Dave gaining weight and he was ultimately recognized with diabetes and sleep apnea.
After years of consuming junk meals – from Mars Bars to seize baggage of crisps and chippy teas – Dave began to make small adjustments to his food plan and he took up his childhood interest of Karate in 2014.
Nevertheless it wasn’t till 2018 that he plucked up the braveness to affix Slimming World – a choice which he says has utterly modified his life.
Dave advised the ECHO: “I obtained as much as 24 stone at my heaviest. It was 2002 and I used to be an IT supervisor up in Lancaster on the time.
“I actually obtained within the automobile, stopped at a service station and grabbed a coke, a choccy bar and a seize bag of crisps and was driving up and down the M6 munching away.
“I wasn’t actually taking discover of the harm I used to be doing to myself actually.”
Dave, who was 38 on the time, mentioned he’d stopped doing train attributable to an operation on his knee which he needed to bear after affected by an harm whereas working a marathon.
His weight quickly started inflicting issues for his well being and he was recognized with kind two diabetes adopted by sleep apnea after taking separate visits to see his GP.
Because of the sleep apnea, which impacts your respiration and causes it to cease and begin when you’re asleep, Dave had his driving licence taken off him till he was given the therapy he wanted.
He mentioned: “My diabetes truly affected my eyesight. They have been solely a bit blurred however I went to see my GP they usually did a take a look at for diabetes.
“Once they mentioned you have obtained diabetes hastily all types of stuff goes via your thoughts. It is scary.
“I used to be additionally advised I had sleep apnea. I used a masks that breathes air into your nostril and mouth once you’re asleep.”
After being recognized with diabetes Dave mentioned: “I managed to shed 4 stone over just a few years and obtained myself down to twenty stone.”
In 2010 Dave turned a single guardian to his two daughters who have been aged 8 and 13 on the time.
He mentioned it was a “entire host of issues” which had contributed to him gaining weight and his life model turned very hectic.
Dave mentioned: “Once I turned a single guardian I lowered the quantity of travelling I used to be doing up and right down to Lancaster and began working from residence a bit.
“My life model turned very hectic. I wasn’t doing train, it was comfort and circumstance.
“Once I got here in I would feed the ladies, get them sorted and get them to mattress. Then I would do the home work and iron the uniforms prepared for the subsequent day. There was no actual time for me to go and do issues.
“We had plenty of comfort meals and chippy teas. I look again now and really feel ashamed. I very hardly ever cooked from scratch as a result of I felt as if I did not have the time.”
Dave mentioned: “My ladies are my world. I needed to be round to see them get married and be round for so long as attainable.
“I am pondering I will die. What’s going to occur to them? That was at the back of my thoughts.”
In 2014 Dave began to shed extra pounds after taking over his childhood interest of Karate and was decided to work in direction of his black belt.
Regardless of shedding just a few stone, Dave mentioned his weight was nonetheless leaving him breathless and affecting his well being, which led him to affix Slimming World in 2018.
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He mentioned: “My daughter mentioned ‘I will Slimming World, do you need to include me?’
“I used to be reluctant at first. I believed ‘that is what ladies do. Blokes do not try this.”
“Talking as a single guardian dad there’s little or no for blokes in what’s historically seen as a feminine function.
“I believed it was going to be a bit like that and folks have been going to be like ‘what’s he doing right here’ however that could not be farther from the reality.
“My daughter went ‘blokes go too.’ So I went alongside and there was a few guys in there who have been actually pleasant. I went in and I used to be made to really feel actually welcome.
“I needed to get that further stone off for my black belt that was my motivator.”
However Dave’s weight reduction went a lot additional than that, and since turning into a member he has misplaced 4 and half stone.
He now weighs 14 stone and 6 months after beginning Slimming World he was advised the wonderful information that he now not has kind two diabetes or sleep apnea.
Dave mentioned: “My GP went ‘properly we are able to take you off these blood stress tablets and we are able to take you off these ldl cholesterol tablets and also you’re now not diabetic.’
“It was like somebody saying to you this is a while. Impulsively I had pressed reset.
“I’ve now obtained an excellent likelihood of seeing my ladies develop up and seeing my grandchildren.
“It is phenomenal.”
Dave now has his black belt in karate and in January he signed as much as be a Slimming World advisor in Dovecot, within the hope of serving to others.
He added: “If I could make one different individual really feel like I did once I was advised I now not had diabetes then the entire thing is value it.”