Having reached a point in my life where Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnoea had begun to take their toll on my body & daily living, I knew that I had to do something about it or I would continue to decline.

I originally set out to research the cost and effects of having a gastric band inserted, but in my internet searches I kept coming across the Alevere Diet. I was intrigued by its claims of weight loss whilst under close medical supervision, and decided to investigate further rather than take the drastic and unpleasant route of surgery.

I phoned, the clinic, arranged to visit, and ended up agreeing to start the diet following a doctor’s consultation. I was highly cynical; I had never seriously attempted to diet before and did not believe that I had sufficient willpower and drive to make this a success. I was also heavy… really heavy! At 26 stone I was informed that I was the heaviest person to undertake the diet in the Northampton Alevere clinic. So the task ahead was massive and I honestly gave myself little chance of any significant success.

I got home from the clinic that night and made a decision to just take one day at a time. If I could do the first day, then I could do the second and so on. I wrote the Phrase “1 Day at a Time” on a chalk board in the kitchen, in a place where I could see it frequently and set out on my journey.

Week 1, I lost 26 lbs. I was amazed. I looked different and felt different from that point. Week followed week and each week I lost more weight. I kept remembering that all I had to do is take each day on its own and follow the plan that had been laid out.

That is not to say that it was easy and pain free. Moving into ketosis in the first 2 days are not ones that I would like to live through again. However, by dawn on the third day, with my body adjusted, it all fell into place. I did not have periods of unbearable hunger, and I began not to miss luxury foods.

I hit my initial 5 stone weight loss 16 weeks ahead of schedule, and having discussed the future with Alevere staff I made the decision to carry on with the diet and see how far I could go with it. So, I took a deep breath and set my sights on a new goal of 10 stone. 24 weeks after starting the diet, that goal has been reached. In fact, to date my weight continues to decrease.

Having started the diet on a large daily dose of insulin and tablets for Diabetes, this has now reduced to negligible levels, and whilst I know I will never not be diabetic, I have realised that I still hold the key to controlling the condition rather than it controlling me.

I am no longer being medicated for hypertension and will shortly have the diagnosis of Sleep Apnoea removed from my list of medical conditions. The health benefits of the diet have been both massive and tangible, and have altered the course of my life.

Alevere has taught me things about myself, my determination, and my desire to start living again rather than existing I have also completely revised my relationship with food. I now understand nutrition and how to correctly fuel the body. These are lessons that I will carry with me now as I look to the future as a significantly smaller man.

In the year ahead I am planning to use my new-found energy to become fitter and healthier. My goal is to participate in a 10K run later on in the year. All of this would have been beyond my wildest dreams this time last year.