Graham Street knows what it feels like to work up a sweat and get bitten by the exercise bug.
This time last year the 48-year-old was desperately overweight and unhappy with how unfit he’d become. But after signing up for our Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser challenge, Graham shed an incredible six stone and turned his life around.
Now Biggest Loser is back – and we’re looking for our next batch of brave recruits. Run by Portsmouth gym 24/7 Fitness, the challenge will give overweight News readers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tackle their unhealthy eating habits and sluggish ways for good.
Following on from the success of last year’s challenge, gym boss Gary Lockwood and his team will pick eight readers who have been struggling to lose weight on their own.
They will help them work-out every day at the gym in Fareham or Gunwharf Quays, provide them with a strict eating plan to follow and put them through a gruelling fitness challenge every Sunday. And the person who loses the most weight during the duration of the challenge will win some great prizes, including a year’s gym membership to 24/7 Fitness.
We’ll also be keeping in touch with our ‘losers’ once the challenge has finished and awarding a second prize for the one who loses the most after the eight-week programme has ended.
Graham – who has kept up his fitness regime – says: ‘For me, taking part last year was all about changing my life and that’s what it’s got to be for people who want to do it this year.
‘This isn’t a one-off, it’s got to be a lifestyle change done by someone who really wants to do it for the health benefits rather than the fact that they just can’t fit in a dress or something.’
Feeling inspired? Here’s how to enter.
Men should weigh no more than 25 stone, women no more than 20 stone. You must be over the age of 18 and available to dedicate eight weeks at the start of 2013 to the programme.
In no more than 250 words, explain why you want the chance to take part. Include an up-to-date photograph, your current weight and how much you want to lose.
You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Sarah Foster at The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX. Please include your age, address and a daytime phone number.
The challenge will start in January.