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Richard's Gastric Band Success Story*

Gastric band success stories - Richard after surgery
Gastric band success stories - Richard before surgery

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

Procedure of choice         Gastric band

Starting weight                  34st 0lb

Current weight                  16st 0lb

Total weight loss               18st 0lb*

Trigger for weight loss      My 40th Birthday

My story

As a teenager, I used to be very fit, walking and cycling everywhere, then I got a car. I became less and less active and by my late 30s I was eating to excess. Once I'd had a drink after a hard day’s work, any will power I had flew out of the window.

I had two young children (8 and 5) and was becoming increasingly aware that I wasn’t able to be the dad I really wanted to be. It had got to the stage when even walking 50-100 yards was a struggle and I'd get out of breath. I would drive round and round in car parks to find a space that was closest to the entrance so I didn't have to walk too far.

I started to feel really self-conscious in public so I'd make any excuses not to go out. By my 40th birthday, I knew it was time to do something to change my life – and that of my family - for the better. I researched gastric band providers and really didn't like the hard sell approach from some of them. When I came across Healthier Weight online, I was impressed by their professional approach and after my consultation with Dr Ashton in London, I was in no doubt that this was the right thing to do.

In October 2010, I had my gastric band fitted and in just 10 weeks I'd lost 5 ½ stone!* They tell me that I'm Healthier Weight’s biggest initial weight loss record breaker to date.

Over a year on and I've lost 18 stones*. I'm so much more active these days, I even find myself pacing the room now instead of sitting, just because I can!*  What's interesting is that I now look at food as fuel, rather than a reason to gorge – and I've developed the knack of telling the difference between real hunger and cravings.*

One of the benefits of my weight loss is that I can fly on planes without embarrassment*. This summer I took the family to the South of France as a reward as they are no longer held back by “what dad can’t do”!* The relationship with my children has improved: my son is pleased that his dad is more active and my daughter isn’t scared of ‘big grumpy dad’ anymore!*

It's true, being overweight made me irritable and grumpy but I now feel I’m back to my old, laid-back self. I’m a reformed character!*

Richard (October 2011)

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.