Success Stories

Charlie: Who’s laughing now?

As an overweight schoolboy, Charlie was often the butt of jokes. But after losing an amazing 6st 4lb, he’s happy, confident, and looking forward to the future

Charlie's story

Weight loss: 6st 4lb 
Start weight: 18st 10lb
Current weight: 13st 
Goal weight: 12st 6lb
Age: 25
Height: 5ft 9in
Time taken: 2 years, 1 month
Meeting: Shepperton Village Hall, Middlesex          
Coach: Lorraine Michael

I lost 5st before I started uni, and was able to start my law degree with so much more self-belief.

Realising the truth

When I was embarrassed at a nightclub by a guy I’d gone to school with, I knew I needed to do something about my weight. I’d accidentally trodden on his toe, and in response he showed off to his mates, making fun of me and shouting abuse. I crept off to the bathroom, mortified.

My weight was affecting my life

My weight affected my confidence and I knew I was missing out on things. I couldn’t shop for nice clothes, didn’t want to get into relationships, and hated photos of myself. Soon after the incident at the nightclub, I joined Weight Watchers.

Taking control

After discovering I weighed more than 18st, I felt determined to get to goal. I started planning my meals a bit better, and still got to enjoy foods I loved. I could have an Indian takeaway if I wanted, but instead of ordering a creamy korma, I’d choose a light shashlik and track the SmartPoints.

Meeting my boyfriend

I continued to lose as I studied, and eventually met my boyfriend, Matthew, who understood everything I’d been through as he’d also had weight problems.

I wish I'd done it sooner!

I got to goal in 2012 and have been maintaining for 5 years. If I could go back in time, I’d give my younger self a Weight Watchers leaflet and tell him to start straight away.