Loughrea’s ‘Greatest Loser’ is a winner

Ray Lewis, pictured with group leader Yvonne Briscoe.

Ray Lewis, pictured with group leader Yvonne Briscoe.

A super slimmer is proving to be a winner at the losing game after shedding five stone 1lb and being named Slimming World Loughrea's ‘Greatest Loser’ 2018.

Ray Lewis won the title, which is awarded to the member of the Slimming World Loughrea's group who has lost the most weight, and says his weight loss has changed his life: "I feel like a new man since losing weight. For me though it’s the change on the inside that’s been the biggest – I’m a much happier, healthier, me now."

Ray Lewis followed the Slimming World food optimising eating plan, he made simple changes to the way he cooks by using lean cuts of meat, fish, and cooking with a low calorie cooking spray instead of oil or butter.

He still enjoys all of his favourite foods. "People think slimming means going hungry, eating nothing but salad, or counting every calorie you eat, but it’s not like that at all at Slimming World," he says. "I love food and it’s never once felt like I was on a diet — in fact, people are always surprised at how much food I have on my plate and can’t believe I’m losing weight eating so much delicious food and without ever feeling hungry."

"Ray is an inspiration to us all at the Loughrea group, he always has a smile on his face," says Yvonne Briscoe, who runs the Loughrea Slimming World group. "The changes we’ve seen in Ray are incredible. I hope his success will inspire other people in Loughrea who would like to lose weight by forming new lifestyle habits, and become happier and healthier, to take action. There is a warm welcome waiting at Slimming World and, just think, if you start today you could feel like a completely new person just like Ray."

The group meets every Wednesday at 9.30am, 5.30pm, and 7.30pm in the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa. Contact Yvonne Briscoe at 087 2979140, or just drop in.

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