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Weight loss success stories - Healthy weight

The NHS weight loss plan has been downloaded more than 3 million times.

Download the 12-week programme and read on to find out why it's such a hit from people who have successfully lost weight.

Lesley Trundle, from London

Weight lost: 14.5kg (32lbs)

"I have lost 2 stone and 4lbs. The weight loss plan has worked so well for me because I haven't seen it as a diet, but as a healthy way of eating and feeling great. It's unlike any other diet I have tried before. The weight loss forum has been brilliant – it's kept me focused and motivated. I have reached the target weight that I set for myself of 9 stone and have managed to maintain it for the last couple of months, but next year I'd like to lose another 7lbs."

Phil Reeves, from Liverpool

Weight lost: 15kg (33lbs)

"I'm more active and more energetic, meaning I'm out of breath less often. I also feel better about myself and more confident. The plan's designed to help you form new healthier habits, and because of it I now routinely cycle to work. Bringing fruit and veg to work is now second nature. I'm now more aware of the calorie content in food and eat smaller portions."

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Christine Schofield, from the Isle of Lewis

Weight lost: 8.2kg (18lbs)

"Following the death of my partner from cancer, I was determined to lose weight and get fitter, having previously only lost weight in the early 80s on the F-plan, prior to getting married. The NHS plan got me kickstarted to a slow but sustainable weight loss, and an exercise plan that's changed my weight, shape and life for the better. It's not a diet, but a change in life."

Graham Gilligan, from London

Weight lost: 38.3kg (6st)

"The NHS weight loss plan isn't about dieting, it's about changing the way you live. It worked for me and I lost 6 stone (38.3kg) in 6 months."

Alison Bisping, from Malmesbury

Weight lost: 9.5kg (21lbs)

"After 30 weeks following the NHS weight loss plan, I've lost 21lbs (I've had 3 weeks away and 2 weeks on crutches, hardly walking in that time), so I'm thrilled. I see it as a tool to re-educate me towards healthier eating, rather than previous diets I've tried (and I've tried most of them). Other diets seem so restrictive and 'ban' foods – I eventually fall off the wagon and go back to my old habits. I feel fitter, healthier and more energetic, and plan to make this way of eating my new way of life."

Christine Vivier, from Edinburgh

Weight loss: 10kg (22lbs)

"Following the plan all the way through, losing weight and running 10km have all really boosted my self-belief. It feels like such an accomplishment." 

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Pauline Tessyman, 62, from Wallasey

Weight lost: 8.2kg (18lbs)

"The NHS 12-week weight loss plan has helped me establish a more healthy and realistic relationship with food. It isn't a regime I'm on for the time being, but a lifelong, liveable, healthy change of approach that works. 18lbs lost since August says it all. There's no you have been 'good' or 'bad' at class, no losing a few pounds 1 week, putting them back on again the next, just a sensible approach – and it's free!"

Stephanie Higgins, from Manchester

Weight lost: 9.2kg (20lbs)

"During the 12 weeks, I lost 9.2kg (20lbs). I found the online forum to be a place for support and guidance from others doing the same thing. People on the forum seem genuinely interested in what you're saying, as you're all in the same boat. Seeing the weight come off and fitting into smaller clothes was perhaps the best motivator. Overall, sticking to the plan for 12 weeks has helped me develop new healthy habits."

Read Stephanie's story in full

Page last reviewed: 13 September 2018
Next review due: 13 September 2021