Procedure of choice Gastric band
Starting weight 19st 1lb
Current weight 14st 8lb
Total weight loss 4st 7lb*
Trigger for weight loss Health & mobility
Watching breakfast TV one morning I saw an item about a person who had had a gastric band fitted with Dr Ashton. The transformation to this person was incredible and I thought that maybe a gastric band would be the thing for me. I had tried every diet imaginable during my adult life, and had yo-yo’d continuously up to the age of 67.
At over 19 stones and with a 50” waist, I knew my health and quality of life were suffering. I had high blood pressure and I was really struggling to walk. I’m a keen golfer and I was only managing to play once a week and then had to suffer the embarrassment of needing to ride around the course in a buggy rather than walking like my companions. I wanted to buy normal size clothes instead of having to buy whatever I could find in XXL or XXXL.
After a preliminary visit to Dr Ashton, who explained everything carefully and thoroughly, I was accepted for the gastric band procedure at a private hospital, where I was looked after superbly and every need was catered for.
After the weight loss surgery in May 2008, I had to put in some work in restricting my calorie intake and following a walking programme, and there was also a post operative nutritional plan to follow, but I soon got used to that and received all the support and information I needed from Healthier Weight.
So one band and one year later, and I have dropped to 14st, my waist measurement is now 38*”. Best of all I can play golf 3-4 times a week and walk around the course without getting out of breath! My blood pressure has returned to normal, and I can even buy that “off the rack” clothing that I used to look at with jealousy*.
It really is the beginning of a new life for me thanks to Dr Ashton and the team, and it just proves that it’s never too late to lose weight!*
To learn more about James's story, watch his interview on Youtube.