A SUPER-SLIMMER who lost a staggering seven stone has been recognised during a national event.
Hartlepool man Joe Carter dropped from 20st 13lb to just 13st 13lb in three years and was one of 35 people from across the UK and Ireland put forward for the finals of Slimming World’s Man of the Year 2011 competition.
Despite being pipped to the post for the title by Neil Richardson, from Barnsley, who lost 12st 10lb, Joe knows he is still a winner, after his weight loss brought a remarkable change in his life.
Joe, 41, said: “I didn’t start Slimming World with the intention of winning any awards or accolades, it was just great to go down there and meet all the other guys.”
During the Derbyshire ceremony, Joe, who is married to Sunderland Counselling Services worker Palma, 41, got to meet former Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton, who has also lost weight through Slimming World.
Two thirds of men in the UK are overweight and a survey by Slimming World and YouGov found the same number would like to lose weight, but only one in 10 say they’d consider joining a slimming club.
Joe said: “About a dozen guys go to my Slimming World group in Hartlepool.
“It was good to meet men that have gone through a similar journey to myself and came out with a lot of positivity.
“People at the competition had literally saved their lives, it had given them their lives back.”
Joe, who is dad to Natalia, 10, Sofia, seven, and five-year-old Joshua, said although it is easier to lose weight in the beginning, it gets harder towards the final target.
But he said he had a lot of support from the people in his slimming group, which is run by consultant Sarah Dickenson at Grange Road Methodist Church.
Joe added: “Most men would do anything to lose weight before they’d go to a slimming club.
“They think it’s all a bit girly, but my mates soon changed their minds when they saw how much weight I was losing – and how much food I was still able to eat.”
The Mail reported in 2009 how Sunderland University lecturer Joe lost a mammoth six stone after swapping fast food and snacks for more healthy food, such as skinless chicken, fruit and yoghurt.
Since then, he has lost a further stone and is enjoying life to the full, having taken up a number of extreme sports, including mountain-climbing and snow-boarding.
“I feel great, it’s like I have a new lease of life,” he said.