Inspired by his ill grandmother to lose 16 stone, an obese man who felt too fat to be his sister’s best man has since gone on to be crowned Slimming World’s Mr Sleek 2020.
Aaron Snares, 27, from Hampton, had been overweight since childhood, and with his weight tipping the scales at 30st 2lbs, he felt forced to turn down the opportunity of being best man at his sister’s wedding because he feared he would never fit into the suits the groomsmen wore.
‘I moved around a lot of primary schools because I just didn’t fit in. Once I left school I had quite a decent job, so I had money to spend on fast food and takeaways,’ he said.
‘Of course, this coincided with being old enough to go out drinking, so my weight just went up and up.’
He recalled: ‘I remember being on a lads’ holiday and feeling really uncomfortable on the flight over and while I was there. In fact, I ended up breaking three sun loungers in one day because of my size – they just couldn’t bear my weight.’
‘My sister got engaged and asked me if I’d like to be best man,’ he said. ‘As soon as she asked me, I just had this sinking feeling because I knew I couldn’t do it.’
‘It wasn’t just feeling nervous about giving a speech or being centre of attention either. I knew it would mean wearing the same suit as everyone else, and that I’d never fit into standard sizes.’
He continued: ‘In the end I decided I couldn’t be the best man, but I agreed to wear the same suit as the rest of the bridal party. My worst fears were realised at the fitting – the suit had to be custom made and took ages to get here. I spent the whole day pulling my shirt down and generally feeling uncomfortable.’
So, it was Aaron’s best friend – his grandmother – who takes the courage to speak to him about his weight and encourage him to do something about it.
‘My nan was like my best friend,’ he explained. ‘At the wedding she saw how unhappy I was and spoke to me about my weight. She said she just wanted me to be healthy and happy. She had terminal cancer at the time so for her to be the one worrying about me really hit home.’
‘A few months later I joined Slimming World and I haven’t looked back since.’
Although he was nervous about walking through the doors of his Slimming World group for the first time, Aaron was struck by all the warmth and support he received from his fellow members.
‘I’d contacted my Slimming World Consultant Georgina in advance to let her know I was coming, but once I got to the car park I just froze and felt like I couldn’t go in, but after a little encouragement I did manage to step through those doors.’ he explained.
‘Georgina was just so friendly and knowing she knew how it felt to be overweight was really comforting.’
‘I was really worried about being the only man in group – and even though I was – it didn’t matter at all. My group is like a second family to me now.’
He said: ‘I knew that I needed to find a plan which still allowed me to eat, after all – I love food!’
Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, encourages slimmers to learn to cook and enjoy meals using everyday food like potatoes, rice, pasta, lean meat, fruit and vegetables so you never feel hungry or deprived.
‘Before I gained a lot of my weight I was a keen footballer – but as my weight grew I just couldn’t keep up anymore. These days I’m back on the pitch and it feels great!’
And since losing weight Aaron has also discovered a new passion for exercising.
He added: ‘I’ve even found the confidence to go swimming which is a huge deal for me as I never liked to be seen without a shirt on.
‘When I was bigger, I just didn’t have any confidence so approaching anyone that I liked was a big no-no,’ he said.
‘Since losing weight though I’ve met Lucy and we hope to settle down and get a house together and even start a family one day.
‘It’s the kind of happily ever after I never thought I’d have when I was at my biggest. My only regret is that I didn’t join Slimming World sooner.’
He continued: ‘Unfortunately, my nan passed away a few weeks after I joined.
‘I did manage to take my one stone certificate into the hospice to show her though, and you could see how proud she was. I hope she knows I’ve achieved all of this because of her.’
ULTIMATE SLIMMING TIPS!
Slimming Tip 1 – Don’t go hungry
If you are hungry you need to eat. Depriving your body of food will just see you miserable and maybe even grabbing the high fat, high sugar foods instead. And that’s really not going to help.
Slimming Tip 2 – Fill up on Super Slimming Foods
Now no food has the power to actually slim you down, but the foods with the least calories for the most amount of filling power will cut your calorie intake without you even realising.
These foods what to take priory over other foods, by filling your plate with at least 1/3 of the Super Slimming Foods will see the lbs literally drop off.
Slimming Tip 3 – Plan Plan Plan
Fail to plan is planning to fail. Make a solid plan not only for the foods and meal you are going to enjoy but also what might get in your way. If you know you have a night out, that’s fine, just plan… What food will you order? What drinks will you order? And stick to your plan for amazing weight losses.
With so many slimming world meals that can be adapted to your lifestyle. From batch cooking and making the most of your time by using the slow cooker. Our aim is to develop healthy recipes that can fit into any diet you are following. With a strong emphasis on budget family meal recipes with a good dollop of motivation and self-belief.
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