They’ve had to conquer the humiliation of running through Southsea in matching T-shirts. And they’ve swapped their couch potato lifestyles for working up a sweat six days a week.
But for our eight weight loss contestants, the embarrassing moments, strict frill-free diet and punishing schedule are starting to pay off.
They’re battling it out to shed as much weight as possible by March and one month in, they’ve all seen some great results.
Following in the footsteps of the popular TV programme, Portsmouth’s Biggest Losers are working day and night to shed their excess weight.
Gary Lockwood and Jess Eacott, from 24/7 Fitness at Gunwharf Quays, have been putting them through their paces and aren’t surprised by the fact nearly all of them have lost one stone or more.
‘I’m pleased with their progress, I think we are doing better than the TV show,’ says senior personal trainer Gary. ‘I told everyone to expect to lose three stone in 12 weeks so we are on track.
‘Everyone has stuck to the exercise schedule and are constantly reminded of the diet.
‘The next month will see an increase in the intensity of their workouts and a further decrease in their daily calorie intake.’
This weekend they took on a five kilometre jog and on Sunday they will run up and down the steps of the Spinnaker Tower.
The person who has lost the most weight at the end of the three months will walk off with the Biggest Loser crown and a haul of prizes.
Amy Devine has lost seven inches from around her body and says she’s been amazed at how much she’s been able to achieve. While the diet has been tediously boring she doesn’t mind being pushed by the trainers.
‘They are tough but I make a lot of excuses so they have to be,’ says Amy. ‘But they aren’t mean and horrible, they’re supportive.’
She adds: ‘Everyone has shrunk in the last month. This is a life-changing thing, I want to improve and be the best that I can be. Everyone has been really supportive of each other, there’s no animosity that we’re in competition, I don’t think anyone has thought of that.’
First month weight losses:
Emma Hine, 33, from Havant.
Starting weight – 15 stones seven pounds
Last weigh-in – 13 stones seven pounds
Loss: two stones
Amy Devine, 21, from Paulsgrove.
Starting weight – 19 stones three pounds
Last weigh-in –17 stones nine pounds
Loss: one stone eight pounds
Jacqui Martin, 46, from Cosham.
Starting weight – 13 stones six pounds
Last weigh-in – 12 stone six pounds
Loss: one stone
Gary Watson, 43, from Copnor.
Starting weight – 17 stones 10 pounds
Last weigh-in – 16 stones five pounds
Loss: one stone five pounds
Paul Westcombe, 39, from Gosport.
Starting weight – 19 stones one pound
Last weigh-in – 17 stones nine pounds
Loss: one stone six pounds
Stephen Cox, 30, from Gosport.
Starting weight – 18 stones three pounds
Last weigh-in – 16 stones 12 pounds
Loss: one stone five pounds
Amy Street, 29, from Copnor.
Starting weight – 15 stones six pounds
Last weigh-in – 14 stones seven pounds
Loss: 13 pounds
Katie Sheperd, 23, from Bedhampton.
Starting weight – 21 stones four pounds
Last weigh-in – 20 stones
Loss: one stone four pounds