Hi I,m Chris Matthews, founder and CEO of Silverlink Clinics. However, you found our website today I’m very grateful that you did. For over 5 years now my team and I have been helping patients regain control over their weight and live the life they deserve.
It was 2009 shortly before the birth of our fourth child that I decided something had to change. I weighed over 20 stone, and being only 5’ 8” I did not have a lot of places to hide it. I was grumpy, moody constantly tired and my health was beginning to decline.
My experience of life is that for something to change, there needs to be a trigger. Having spoken to hundreds of patients over the last five years the thing that caused them to make a change, was in many cases a comment about their shape or size.
For me the trigger was one of my children, she was seven at the time. She was sat with me watching TV, the programme was The Biggest Loser, for those that haven’t seen it it’s a type of reality show where overweight people humiliated by TV presenters and personal trainers who have never had a weight problem in their life.
One of the super attractive genetically gifted personal trainers was yelling at some poor chap who was about the same weight and height as me that if he did not run around the running track one more time he would always be fat and probably dead inside a year.
It was at this point my trigger was pulled, my little girl turned around looked at me with genuine concern in her eyes and said;
‘Daddy you’re fat like that man, are you going to die?’
That was it. That was the moment. I decided something had to change.
I was 39 and made a commitment to myself that I would not go into my 40th year being morbidly obese and extremely unhealthy.
My search began to find a real solution. I had tried lots of weight loss programmes over the previous 15 years, many were successful short term, but I soon hit a plateau with my weight and slowly, but surely put back on the weight I had lost and more.
I was so unhappy, I’d even considered weight loss surgery but shortly before I was due to see the consultant fate struck.
Due to a diary mix up I had turned up an hour early to see a property development client about a project I was due to manage for them, while I sat their reception area killing time waiting for my meeting, a smart looking gentleman walked up to the reception desk introduced himself then came and sat next to me. We began to chat and I asked him what he did for a living. He replied I’m a doctor, a GP actually and I’m here because I am buying a building and opening a clinic.
That’s interesting I replied, what sort of clinic is it? A weight loss clinic he replied!
I need you to picture the scene, I am sat there weighing over 20 stone which I did not hide very well, I was more than filling the small reception chair embarrassed at my size and desperate to do something about my weight! It must be fate I thought.
I began to quiz him. He explained he had been a GP for over 15 years and in that time had seen first hand the health challenges that obesity had caused many of his patients. He described how he had been introduced to a highly respected GP in Leeds who was treating overweight patients at a private clinic using a combination of nutrition, medical ultrasound treatment and a skin tightening therapy, so not only did his patients lose weight but their skin was tightened as the weight was lost so they were not left with large amounts of saggy skin which he told me was common after significant weight loss.
I sat there mesmerised, this was too good to be true! Just at that moment as I was taking all this in the person I had come to meet arrived. I quickly exchanged contact details with the doctor and went for my meeting.
The following day I contacted the doctor and we arranged to meet with the intention of discussing how I might be able to help him with his clinic project if he could help me with my weight.
We met and over the next couple of weeks we agreed on a plan for me to project manage the construction of his clinic in Cheshire in return for me being his first patient when I had finished it.
I was so keen to start the weight loss programme that I finished the project for him 4 weeks ahead of schedule, those of you that have ever employed builders will know that is unheard of!
My treatment began on the 15th June 2009 and by the 15th November that same year in little over 20 weeks I lost 7 stone and 2 pounds and my life was transformed.
I spent the next 6 months following my weight loss deciding what exactly I wanted to do with my life. I had a new found energy, I wanted to make a difference and have a positive impact on the world.
Then it came to me, I would open a clinic to help people like me, people who had a serious weight problem, who had been trying for years to lose weight and had tried just about everything and were on the verge of giving up hope.
Little did I know what a life-changing decision this would turn out to be!
Silverlink Clinics was 5 years old in July 2016 and we now have a team of over thirty, including patient coordinators, therapists and doctors. We have helped over a thousand patients lose a combined weight of over 15 tonnes since we opened. Now I am living my dream of transforming the lives of our patients. Every day I get to talk to Dads who were once overweight telling me about how they can now run around and play football with the kids, I get to talk to mums who were too once embarrassed to stand in the school yard to pick up their kids tell me how they feel amazing about themselves now.
If you have over 3 stone to lose, you have attempted more than 3 weight loss programmes and you have been trying to lose weight for over 3 years, please get in touch. I know we have the expertise, confidence and care to help you.
Fill in the form on this page and one of my team will be in touch…
Once again, I grateful you found us, I look forward to helping you.