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Man shows off his gigantic old shirt after shifting 19 stone at Slimming World

Published 13/05/2015 | 13:45

Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)

A British biscuit factory worker has shed more than 19 stone after a routine blood pressure test at work revealed that it was a miracle he wasn’t dead.

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Gary Marsden (47) from West Yorkshire joined Slimming World and overhauled his unhealthy lifestyle after a nurse took his blood pressure during a work medical and said it was dangerously high.

“She told me my blood pressure was so high that she was surprised I was still walking around. She said technically I should be dead,” he said.

The dad has since shed more than half his body weight and has dropped in weight from 37 stone to 18 stone.

“That was a wake-up call for me. I knew my family was already worried about my health and I had to do something – I wanted to be around to see Ben grow up," he revealed.

By following a healthy eating plan Gary lost five pounds in his first week on the programme and this week was named Slimming World’s Greatest Loser 2015.

Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)

The dad-of-one revealed he was always self conscious about his weight to the point where he suffered anxiety before going outside.

 ”I felt ashamed so I became depressed and withdrawn. It was a Catch-22 situation as I would comfort-eat but then I gained more weight and became even more depressed.”

Since joining Slimming World Gary has taken up karate and recently completed an 18-mile kayak trip. He has also fulfilled a lifelong dream and purchased a motorbike as he was previously too big to ride.

“My son thinks it’s great because I can run around a rugby field with him, I can shop in high street clothes shops, and my blood pressure is completely normal too,” said Gary.

The Slimming World winner appeared on ITV’s This Morning to show off just how far he’s come and showed off one of his former shirts which he now can fit into three times over.

Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)
Gary Marsden (Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA)

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