Slimming world hero loses 12 stone, reverses diabetes and returns blue parking plaque

Hilary Sard says she went from a two-minute walk to “an easy 15,000 steps a day” and left her GP speechless at her incredible health change

Hilary pictured before her weight loss
Hilary pictured before her weight loss

A Slimming World enthusiast says she cured her type 2 diabetes after embarking on a mega weight loss program.

When Hilary Sard, 57, was diagnosed with the disease, her GP gave her a simple choice: lose weight or start taking medication.

She decided to sign up with Slimming World that day, and in just a week she’d lost 13 pounds, leaving her doctor “visibly stunned.” Wales Online reports.

Having now lost a massive 12 stone, Ms Sard has not only reversed her diabetes but has also returned her disabled parking permit as her health has continued to improve.

She said: “I’ve dropped 8 dress sizes from a 34 to a 16 and am finding it much easier to shop for clothes now, especially since my friend Angelica took me shopping. With her careful guidance I have walked into high street stores I would never have dared to enter.

Slimming World member Hilary Sard

“She took me away from the baggy, drab options that were way too big for me and helped me consider well-tailored trousers and form-fitting, colorful dresses. Since losing weight I have so much more energy.

“Having walked from my car to the grocery store and opted to take the 2-minute walk to the corner store, I now easily do 15,000 steps a day and choose to go to places I used to go, whatever the weather drove.

“I’ve even taken over an allotment site and can enjoy many of the produce I grow, like asparagus, broad beans and strawberries, in my Slimming World meals.

“I have stopped most of my medication and returned my blue badge as I no longer need it. I am much more outgoing, I have a new zest for life and I am keen to find a new relationship having been single for the past 7 years as I am so insecure about my weight.

“Losing weight has given me a lot more confidence and I feel like I have a brighter future.”

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Research shows that people with type 2 diabetes can dramatically improve their management of their disease by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight through the customized Slimming World program.

Incredibly, more than half (51%) of Slimming World members who lost at least 10% of their body weight said they cured their type 2 diabetes.

Almost two thirds (61%) were able to reduce or stop taking medication and 81% saw improvements in their blood sugar management. In addition, approximately 80% reported an improved quality of life, and 76% of members with type 2 diabetes said they found it easy to incorporate their healthcare team’s nutritional recommendations into Slimming World’s Food Optimization nutritional plan.

After ten months of hard work on the program, Ms Ward saw her GP and will never forget his amazement at her weight loss.

“He couldn’t believe it was me and he looked at me blankly, he was speechless and finally he said, ‘Incredible. It can be done!’” she said.

“I was so proud that I had managed to reverse my diabetes by eating healthily and being more active.”

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