They’ve all got something to smile about – but Graham Street’s got an extra-special reason to celebrate.
During the first week of Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser weight-loss challenge, he shed a stunning two stone two pounds. And that’s pushed our only male contestant into an early lead in the eight-week competition.
Seven News readers are taking part in a gruelling fitness and diet regime designed to overhaul their unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles once and for all.
Under the supervision of local gym 24/7 Fitness, they are working out every day and following a strict eating plan.
They’re also taking part in an exercise challenge every Sunday and their first task saw them take to the streets to run six miles along Southsea seafront.
At the end of the challenge, the reader who has lost the most weight will be crowned Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser and walk away with a selection of great prizes, including a year’s gym membership.
Single father-of-four Graham, from Paulsgrove, was delighted when he stepped on the scales to discover he’d lost 30 pounds in the first six days of the competition after starting out at 25 stone.
‘I love the training because I’ve done that before but the diet is difficult,’ he says.
‘I’ve now got to the point where I don’t feel hungry all the time any more.
‘The seafront run was six miles and I did it in one hour eight minutes. That was the first run I’d done in a couple of years but it was good.’
Gary Lockwood, 24/7 Fitness’ managing director, admits Graham’s weight loss is particularly impressive, but stresses it’s not impossible for someone who is really going for it, has a lot of muscle and has gone from eating up to 5,000 calories a day to just 1,500.
‘He’s carrying a lot of muscle and has come off his diet on to ours,’ adds Gary. ‘Muscle just burns calories.’
All the ‘losers’ are celebrating after the success of the first week, with everyone managing to lose at least half a stone.
‘Individual weight losses don’t matter as long as we’re all pushing for the same goal,’ adds 47-year-old Graham, a first team coach for Portsmouth Rugby Club.
‘Everyone is in it to win it but we’re doing it for ourselves, not just for a competition.
‘I want to see my grandchildren grow up because I think I was about six months away from a heart attack.’
PROGRESS SO FAR...
· Alena Brice (starting weight 19 stone two pounds) – lost nine pounds
· Mo Snook (starting weight 19 stone) – lost 12 pounds
· Kayleigh Smith (starting weight 18 stone three pounds) – lost 10 pounds
· Lou Smith (starting weight 21 stone three pounds) – lost 10 pounds
· Sue Lawson Steel (starting weight 18 stone two pounds) – lost eight pounds
· Abi Mercer (starting weight 18 stone seven pounds) – lost 10 pounds
· Graham Street (starting weight 25 stone) – lost 30 pounds