Diet regime helped me shed 12 stones

Before - Tony Mihill

After - a slimline Tony

First published in Local News by

GOING, going, gone! A diet and fitness programme has left a driving instructor a whopping 12 stone lighter.

Tony Mihill, 40, from Westcliff, decided to put the wheels in motion to lose weight last year, following a series of health problems.

He joined LighterLife in March, weighing more than 31 stones.

Tony has now set himself a new challenge to take part in this year’s London to Southend Bike Ride, a route of more than 50 miles.

At 6ft 2ins, Tony had always been an imposing figure, but after leaving his job in the City and setting up his own driving school business, APass4U, he noticed his weight had started to creep up.

Blaming the stress of starting his own business and not changing his eating habits for the weight gain, he said: “I didn’t realise how much I had gained, or how it was affecting my health until this year.

“I was suffering from sleep apnoea, back pain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and sciatica.

“I saw a friend lose weight on LighterLife and wanted to do the same for my sons.

“I wanted to see them grow up.”

He added: “I felt diets were for women, but was surprised at how comfortable I felt in the group with the other lads.

“We were all in the same situation and all shared the same issues.

“I learnt more from the group about some of my problems than I did from the doctor.

“I have gained a better understanding of myself and now exercise lots, going to the gym.

“I also play golf and can now run – a few months ago I couldn’t even walk.

“Every medical condition I had has now gone.

“Recently I took my ten-year-old son to the cinema and he ran off to the toilet.

“I chased after him and when he turned at the door to see how far away I was, he was very shocked that I can now keep up.”

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3:57pm Thu 3 Feb 11

diane m says...

Whilst I would firstly like to congratulate you on your weight loss, I would also like to say how uncomfortable I am when I see Lighterlife being mentioned.

This was recommended to us a couple of years ago, at around £60 per week upwards for it's shakes and items to eat, plus the ridiculous amount of water that has to be consumed, it's not an easy or comfortable plan to follow.

I had to receive medical treatment due to the ill health this diet regime caused.

I would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to embark on a diet or healthy eating plan, look at Slimming world or Weight watchers, both of which are easier to follow, better for your health (longterm) and don't require you continuing to buy expensive shakes on maintenance follow ups.
Always consult your GP, many do not support the LL product. Many of it's Counsellers do not give the support you deserve and require (I know mine did not). They were not interested in people who struggled, they only wanted successful candidates.
Whilst I would firstly like to congratulate you on your weight loss, I would also like to say how uncomfortable I am when I see Lighterlife being mentioned. This was recommended to us a couple of years ago, at around £60 per week upwards for it's shakes and items to eat, plus the ridiculous amount of water that has to be consumed, it's not an easy or comfortable plan to follow. I had to receive medical treatment due to the ill health this diet regime caused. I would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to embark on a diet or healthy eating plan, look at Slimming world or Weight watchers, both of which are easier to follow, better for your health (longterm) and don't require you continuing to buy expensive shakes on maintenance follow ups. Always consult your GP, many do not support the LL product. Many of it's Counsellers do not give the support you deserve and require (I know mine did not). They were not interested in people who struggled, they only wanted successful candidates. diane m
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4:31pm Thu 3 Feb 11

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Well done - an achievement to be proud of.
Well done - an achievement to be proud of. Alice in Her Own Land :P
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5:46pm Thu 3 Feb 11

geezer, innit says...

diane m wrote:
Whilst I would firstly like to congratulate you on your weight loss, I would also like to say how uncomfortable I am when I see Lighterlife being mentioned. This was recommended to us a couple of years ago, at around £60 per week upwards for it's shakes and items to eat, plus the ridiculous amount of water that has to be consumed, it's not an easy or comfortable plan to follow. I had to receive medical treatment due to the ill health this diet regime caused. I would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to embark on a diet or healthy eating plan, look at Slimming world or Weight watchers, both of which are easier to follow, better for your health (longterm) and don't require you continuing to buy expensive shakes on maintenance follow ups. Always consult your GP, many do not support the LL product. Many of it's Counsellers do not give the support you deserve and require (I know mine did not). They were not interested in people who struggled, they only wanted successful candidates.
less ale and pies and a bit more exercise never did anyone any harm either
[quote][p][bold]diane m[/bold] wrote: Whilst I would firstly like to congratulate you on your weight loss, I would also like to say how uncomfortable I am when I see Lighterlife being mentioned. This was recommended to us a couple of years ago, at around £60 per week upwards for it's shakes and items to eat, plus the ridiculous amount of water that has to be consumed, it's not an easy or comfortable plan to follow. I had to receive medical treatment due to the ill health this diet regime caused. I would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to embark on a diet or healthy eating plan, look at Slimming world or Weight watchers, both of which are easier to follow, better for your health (longterm) and don't require you continuing to buy expensive shakes on maintenance follow ups. Always consult your GP, many do not support the LL product. Many of it's Counsellers do not give the support you deserve and require (I know mine did not). They were not interested in people who struggled, they only wanted successful candidates.[/p][/quote]less ale and pies and a bit more exercise never did anyone any harm either geezer, innit
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5:55pm Thu 3 Feb 11

emcee says...

Anyone who only takes 500-600 calories a day is going to lose weight, regardless of whether or not they excercise. There is no effort in it whatsoever (other than bearing the hunger pangs until ketosis sets in).
This LighterLife is one such "diet" (I would like to call it starvation but technically it isn't).
I would not mind betting that once Mr Mihill comes off the program a lot of his weight will return. Even if he does do loads of exercise.
Oh, and this article is blatent advertising. The article mentions the program by name twice rather than referring to it as a "well known diet program". If this article was purely about weight loss achievements of one man then the name of the program was not necessary.
Anyone who only takes 500-600 calories a day is going to lose weight, regardless of whether or not they excercise. There is no effort in it whatsoever (other than bearing the hunger pangs until ketosis sets in). This LighterLife is one such "diet" (I would like to call it starvation but technically it isn't). I would not mind betting that once Mr Mihill comes off the program a lot of his weight will return. Even if he does do loads of exercise. Oh, and this article is blatent advertising. The article mentions the program by name twice rather than referring to it as a "well known diet program". If this article was purely about weight loss achievements of one man then the name of the program was not necessary. emcee
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11:20am Fri 4 Feb 11

SARFENDMAN says...

A fantastic achievment and the man should be heartily congratuted but the hard work that really gets overlooked in so many cases, is what happens from now on. It's equally hard to keep this up in the years ahead, as all too many are aware, it's so easy to slip back. That part of the story just doesn't attract the media attention. I just hope the self-determination, encouragement and support is maintained.
A fantastic achievment and the man should be heartily congratuted but the hard work that really gets overlooked in so many cases, is what happens from now on. It's equally hard to keep this up in the years ahead, as all too many are aware, it's so easy to slip back. That part of the story just doesn't attract the media attention. I just hope the self-determination, encouragement and support is maintained. SARFENDMAN
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3:19pm Fri 4 Feb 11

Phil McCrakin says...

It's not rocket science lardies - just keep your cake hole closed and run about a bit. Just watch the weight drop off.
It's not rocket science lardies - just keep your cake hole closed and run about a bit. Just watch the weight drop off. Phil McCrakin
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4:00pm Fri 4 Feb 11

Ivanna Goodhump says...

Phil McCrakin wrote:
It's not rocket science lardies - just keep your cake hole closed and run about a bit. Just watch the weight drop off.
Eat less - move more.
~
12 stone eh - it must have been a hell of a dump .... !
[quote][p][bold]Phil McCrakin[/bold] wrote: It's not rocket science lardies - just keep your cake hole closed and run about a bit. Just watch the weight drop off.[/p][/quote]Eat less - move more. ~ 12 stone eh - it must have been a hell of a dump .... ! Ivanna Goodhump
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5:59pm Fri 4 Feb 11

diane m says...

I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat.

In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems.

Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing.

Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.
I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat. In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems. Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing. Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not. diane m
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2:26am Sat 5 Feb 11

emcee says...

diane m wrote:
I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat.

In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems.

Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing.

Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.
There is no need to give out gym membership . Walking/Jogging is free. Starjumping is free. Lawnmowing/Gardening is free. Cycling (once you have a bycycle but these can be very cheap) is free. Money really is no excuse for not excercising.
[quote][p][bold]diane m[/bold] wrote: I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat. In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems. Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing. Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.[/p][/quote]There is no need to give out gym membership . Walking/Jogging is free. Starjumping is free. Lawnmowing/Gardening is free. Cycling (once you have a bycycle but these can be very cheap) is free. Money really is no excuse for not excercising. emcee
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1:26pm Sat 5 Feb 11

geezer, innit says...

emcee wrote:
diane m wrote: I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat. In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems. Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing. Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.
There is no need to give out gym membership . Walking/Jogging is free. Starjumping is free. Lawnmowing/Gardening is free. Cycling (once you have a bycycle but these can be very cheap) is free. Money really is no excuse for not excercising.
it's not the money that's the issue, it's the fact that getting up off the couch to go further than the pantry for another 6 pack of pork pies and some crisps and another litre of diet pop gets in the way of the hectic viewing schedule of Jeremy Kyle/Trisha/Rikki Lake etc
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]diane m[/bold] wrote: I do love when folk say eat less. In most cases, true, folk do overeat. In others however, it can be a number of reasons that cause the weight gain. Under-active thyroid, medications for heart problems, for migraines, for blood pressure, the pill, the depo contraceptive jab, some female hormonal problems. Diabetes, maybe the person has become disabled (sometimes through things like road traffic accident, or strokes) - not everyone has the option to stop stuffing. Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.[/p][/quote]There is no need to give out gym membership . Walking/Jogging is free. Starjumping is free. Lawnmowing/Gardening is free. Cycling (once you have a bycycle but these can be very cheap) is free. Money really is no excuse for not excercising.[/p][/quote]it's not the money that's the issue, it's the fact that getting up off the couch to go further than the pantry for another 6 pack of pork pies and some crisps and another litre of diet pop gets in the way of the hectic viewing schedule of Jeremy Kyle/Trisha/Rikki Lake etc geezer, innit
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8:28am Sun 6 Feb 11

gitreal says...

Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not.


Yeah right - give them free memberships from self inflicted weight gain. C'mon, 31 stone? He felt the weight creeping up on him?

Why should money go towards anything free for people who overeat?

Still well done.
Personally I wish anyone who was more than 2 stone overweight could be given vouchers towards free gym time, or vouchers towards free membership of SW or WW as sometimes it's the cost that can affect if someone is able to go or not. Yeah right - give them free memberships from self inflicted weight gain. C'mon, 31 stone? He felt the weight creeping up on him? Why should money go towards anything free for people who overeat? Still well done. gitreal
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