Fighting the fat and getting fit thanks to gym

Gym   01/11/11    (PM) ''Staff at the 24/7 gym in Fareham congratulate Katie Shepherd who is one of seven women who benefited from the gym after it gave up some free time to help them loose weight. (left to right), Emma Hine, Gary Lockwood, Paul Zalick, John Richardson and Donna Anderson.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113884-1)
Gym 01/11/11 (PM) ''Staff at the 24/7 gym in Fareham congratulate Katie Shepherd who is one of seven women who benefited from the gym after it gave up some free time to help them loose weight. (left to right), Emma Hine, Gary Lockwood, Paul Zalick, John Richardson and Donna Anderson.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113884-1)
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It can be a massive struggle to lose weight.

And perhaps even harder than that is making sure you keep it off.

But thanks to a fitness programme supported by The News, six people managed to lose a total of 19 stone.

Staff at 24/7 Fitness at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth gave their time free to help them.

Emma Hine, 34, of Havant, managed to lose four-and-a-half stone in just 12 weeks.

And the dedicated gym-goer became so hooked she now works at the gym.

Emma said: ‘I attended the gym every day, until they asked if I wanted to join to work.

‘I used to be a full-time carer for my son, and they accommodate my flexible work demands.

‘Discovering 24/7 Fitness has definitely changed my life.

‘All the staff are very supportive and on a bad day they’d always be there for you.

‘Once they even rang me to ask where I was and when I was in Pizza Hut they told me to drop the fork.

‘They provide complete support and that’s why I’ve nominated them for a We Can Do It award.’

Emma, along with five others, took part in Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser, which was a 12-week weight loss programme.

Fellow member Katie Shepherd, 23, from Bedhampton, lost four stone.

She said: ‘They have without a doubt not just changed my life but saved my life.’

Trainers Gary Lockwood and Jessie Eacott ran the programme.

Gary explained: ‘We did it for the challenge and to give something back to the community as obesity is such a problem right now.

‘It’s to show people you don’t need a crazy diet or surgery.’

The workout saw the participants do spinning classes and circuit training.

We’re now running a second Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser and want to hear from people who’d like to take part, starting in January.

We’re looking for eight News readers who have at least three stone to lose.

Men should weigh no more than 25 stone and women no more than 20 stone and must be aged 18 or over.

In no more than 250 words, explain why you want to join and include an up-to-date photograph, your current weight and how much you want to lose.

You can e-mail sarah.foster@thenews.co.uk.

Or you can write to: Sarah Foster, The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.

Please make sure you include your name, age, address and a daytime phone number.