A father fed up he could not keep up with his two young children has lost an incredible three stones in just 20 weeks - and has been named ‘man of the year’ at his Market Rasen slimming group.
Andy Barrett, 44, now has much more energy and is able to take part in activities with his three and four-year-old daughters.
“Inspirational” Andy, who is from Grasby, said: “I didn’t want to be that dad who can’t roll on the floor and play with the kids.
“I’ve now got much more energy to play with the rugrats - and the health benefits are great.”
Andy joined the Market Rasen Slimming World group in January.
He had tried all kinds of different diets over the past 20 years - but always failed to lose weight.
Andy said: “I work in a very sedentary job, I sit on my bum all day - and that hasn’t helped my weight.
“It’s just built up over a long period of time.”
He said looking at photos of himself was an eye-opener - and another factor behind his decision to join Slimming World.
Andy - an associate director at Clark James recruitment consultancy in Market Rasen - said he felt daunted when he first walked into the group but was soon put at ease.
The main changes Andy has made are eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting down on things like cakes and biscuits.
With the help of his wife, who has prepared his meals for him, this time Andy has reached his personal target weight.
And his wife has gone down a dress size too.
Group leader Shona Drew said: “He’s inspirational - what he’s done is fabulous.
“Andy has done every diet under the sun in the last 20 years but never been successful.
“He joined Slimming World because he wanted to lose weight so he was able to join in with his children’s activities.He wanted to be an active part of their lives.
“He now has much more energy when playing with them.”
Andy is a keen golfer and since losing weight his handicap has come down and he is not so tired at the end of the round.
And to boot, members of the Market Rasen slimming group have just voted Andy ‘man of the year’.
Shona said: “The ladies love having him in the group, he has become an active member of the group by helping out in the shop.
“He has never missed a session and he has always stayed to the full group which he has found really helpful.”
Andy used to suffer from heartburn, breathlessness and needed to use his inhaler a lot - but now that has all changed.
When he joined the group Andy’s his waist was 41in - and now he is a slender 34in.
“He’s feeling fab and looking great,” said Shona.
Two of Andy’s favourite meals are beef szechaun and kung po chicken with egg fried rice - both Slimming World recipes.
As well as all the support from his wife, Andy said he could not have lost so much weight without help from Shona.
He said: “She’s great. She’s a real inspiration to everyone in the group.”