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Helen and Kieron Buxton have lost an incredible 27 stone between them in just two years. The couple decided to tackle their weight when Kieron was referred to Slimming World by his doctor after developing type 2 diabetes, which he has now reversed. The couple have now been voted Couple of the Year 2022 by Slimming World.

A couple from Nottingham lost an incredible 27 stone between them after joining Slimming World on Valentine’s Day.

Helen and Kieron Buxton joined Slimming World after a 12 week referral from Kieron’s GP.

Kieron weighed 29th 12lbs before joining, after losing 19th 7lbs he now weighs 10th 5lbs, has reversed his type 2 diabetes and no longer needs medication for the condition.

Kieron, 50, said: ‘I had been overweight for much of my life, to the point that I didn’t really recognize it anymore.

“Being inactive, wearing 5XL shirts and asking for seat belt extenders was normal life for me. I was even used to the abuse being thrown at me on the streets.

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“It wasn’t until my doctor told me that a leg injury was struggling to heal because I had developed type 2 diabetes that I decided to change. I knew type 2 diabetes was often weight related, so that was a big red flag for me.

“I was almost 30 at the time and couldn’t even put on my own shoes and socks, Helen had to do that for me.”

Helen, 51, was keen to support her husband of 16 years, explaining: “I had weight issues since school and although I had a few weight loss attempts here and there, I never really had a lot of success.”

Helen weighed 18lbs and 4.5lbs and lost 8lbs so her weight is now 10lbs and 3.5lbs.

“I thought joining Slimming World with Kieron would be a good way to support him and improve my own health as well,” she added.

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“It wasn’t until my doctor told me that a leg injury was struggling to heal because I had developed type 2 diabetes that I decided to change. I knew type 2 diabetes was often weight related, so that was a big red flag for me.

“I was almost 30 at the time and couldn’t even put on my own shoes and socks, Helen had to do that for me.”

Helen, 51, was keen to support her husband of 16 years, explaining: “I had weight issues since school and although I had a few weight loss attempts here and there, I never really had a lot of success.”

Helen weighed 18lbs and 4.5lbs and lost 8lbs so her weight is now 10lbs and 3.5lbs.

“I thought joining Slimming World with Kieron would be a good way to support him and improve my own health as well,” she added.

“The first band we were able to attend was on Valentine’s Day. We don’t usually celebrate it, but it turned out to be a great night for our wedding.

Helen and Kieron followed the diet and Kieron said: “I didn’t know much about Slimming World so I assumed I would be on a salad diet and was afraid it would be very restrictive and complicated to follow. I was blown away when I found out how wrong I was.

“We found it very easy to adapt the plan to our lives and we always eat our favorite foods like chicken satay, shepherd’s pie and home fries – we just cook them in a different way – and we never hunger.

“The group was really great too. I was afraid of being judged, having my weight read aloud or being the only man, but none of that happened and instead we found ourselves surrounded by so much support .

“After a few weeks the country went into a nationwide lockdown, so our group moved to virtual service.

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“We had started to really enjoy our walks, so by the time Helen got back to work I started walking her back and forth – most of the time I had done a few miles before the ‘old me’ set in. even wakes up. I am still in shock that such simple changes have totally transformed our lives.

“I sincerely believe that if I hadn’t addressed my weight when I did, I wouldn’t be alive right now.”

Helen went from a size 26 to a size 12 and saw improvements in her rheumatoid arthritis.

Kieron believes losing weight has had a positive impact on his mental health as well as his physical health and he has started volunteering with a mental health charity.

Helen commented: “The difference in our lives is truly amazing – it’s like the whole world has opened up to us.

“We are leaving for Berlin soon and for the first time we are not worried about being uncomfortable during the flight or asking for a seat belt extender – we just look forward to spending time together. For us, life really began at 50.

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