Slimming World Slimmer drops 12 stones, reverses diabetes and gives hands a blue badge

When Hilary Sard was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by her GP, she was given a major choice – lose the weight or start taking medication. The finance system analyst was so desperate to avoid taking drugs to control her condition that she signed up to Slimming World the same day.

Within a week she was 13lbs lighter and when she returned to her GP for her deadline two months later she was “obviously shocked” by the difference in her appearance and health. Now, after downing 12 stones, the 57-year-old has not only reversed his diabetes, but has returned his disabled blue badge as the rest of his health has changed.

Hilary of Croydon said: “I’ve reduced my 8 dress size from a 34 to a size 16, and now buying clothes is much easier, especially since my friend Angelica took me shopping. Her careful guidance I went to high street stores I’d never dared to enter before.

“She guided me away from baggy drab options that were too big for me and helped me consider beautifully cut trousers and curvy colored dresses. Since losing the weight, I’ve had a lot of energy.

“From struggling to walk from my car to the supermarket to taking the 2-minute walk to the corner store, I now easily walk 15K steps a day and choose to walk the places I drive I’ve also taken an allotment and am able to enjoy plenty of grown products like asparagus, broad beans and strawberries in my Slimming World meal.

“I have stopped taking most of my medicines and have given my blue badge back because I no longer need it. I am very outgoing, I have a new zest for life and I am single for the past 7 years looking forward to find a new relationship as I am very self conscious about my weight. Losing weight has given me a lot of confidence and I think my future is bright.

Hilary Sardo, member of Slimming World
(Image credit: Ian Stratton)

Hillary’s Experience Supports Research [1] It shows that following Slimming World’s program can people with type 2 diabetes improve their diabetes management by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight. More than half of the Slimming World, 51%, who had lost at least 10% of their body weight said they had reversed their type 2 diabetes.

About two thirds, 61%, were able to reduce or stop taking medication and 81% saw an improvement in their blood sugar management. An incredible 80% reported an improved quality of life and 76% of members with type 2 diabetes said they found it easier to fit dietary recommendations from their health care team into Slimming World’s food customization eating plan.

But Hillary received a scathing warning from her GP to act. She told how it was in December 2019, and at 25th weighing 4lbs, she joined her local Slimming World group.

She said: “I went to see my GP that morning and he told me I had type 2 diabetes. It was the wake-up call I needed.

“I was already told that I would need to lose weight for a knee replacement, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and it was so painful to walk that I had a blue badge indicating where I was going. Was able to park close. I had tried various diets before because I always struggled with my weight and never had any success.

“Instead of taking medication, I told my GP that I wanted to try to lose weight. I could see he was suspicious but he said he would give me two months and then he would have to see me again.

“I went straight home and googled for weight loss services and Slimming World came up. I saw I had a group that evening and I thought if I didn’t do it today, I’m never going to do it. ” Hillary says.

Hillary Decides To Lose Weight
Hillary decides to lose weight

That same day, Hilary joined the Adiscomb Slimming World Group in Croydon, which is run by consultant Hayley Caliscan. She said: “That evening I almost ran out of the door.

“I wasn’t a person at all at the time and I had no confidence. Everyone was very welcoming and when I heard Hayley talk about the new member, I honestly couldn’t believe it.

“I can remember thinking, ‘You can’t lose weight and eat spaghetti… you can’t lose weight and eat cheese!’. I can’t seem to prove Hayley wrong and say Was determined to be able, ‘I told you’.

“In that first week, I lost 13 pounds, the plan proved me wrong, which I was happy with! Well, I thought, it works,” says Hilary.

“Shortly after I started following Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, I could see why it worked so well. It was easy to tailor it to my individual needs for my diabetes, as well as my Follow the advice of the health care team.

“As soon as I learned that cheeseburgers, pasta bakes, and spaghetti bolognese were all on the menu, so long as they were cooked in a healthy way with lean beef mince and low-calorie cooking spray—then I knew it was a flexible method. Was. To lose weight where I would feel in control. I started cooking from scratch again and I have never felt so full in my life!

“Prepared meals and takeaways gone. I love the huge range of meals that I can eat without thinking about counting calories and the food makes me feel good on the inside.

“We shared recipe ideas in the group and once I told my ‘foodie’ friend Peter about food optimizing, he had so much fun sending me exciting recipes, knowing he knew I could easily I’ll be able to adapt to the plan. I’ve never had so many exciting cooking options, I’m losing weight and I’m never feeling hungry!

Hillary Before Losing Weight
Hillary before losing weight

“After two months, in February 2020, I had an appointment with my GP. By this time, I had lost 2 Stones and I couldn’t wait to see his reaction. He was quite surprised by my weight loss.

“During the entire lockdown, with the continued support of my Slimming World Group and following an eating plan, I continued to lose weight. Then, in October 2021, I got an appointment to see the same GP again in person.

“He couldn’t believe it was me and he looked at me blank, he was speechless and finally said, “Unbelievable. It can be done!” I felt so proud that, by eating healthier and becoming more active, I was able to reverse my diabetes.”

More than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes, with 13.6 million people in the UK at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. A study from the University of Cambridge released earlier this year found that people with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of earlier health problems, including cancer, with experts linking the condition to a higher incidence of 57 long-term diseases. As well as the human cost, type 2 diabetes treatment accounts for about 10% of the annual NHS budget.

Carolyn Pallister, nutrition, research and health policy manager at Slimming World, Told,The improvements Hillary has made in her health are incredible and our research shows that many members experience similar results. Nearly two-thirds, 61%, of the participants in the study, who had lost at least 10% of their body weight, reported that they wanted to reduce or stop taking medication for their type 2 diabetes altogether. were able to.

“We also saw positive changes in behavior, with 77% saying they were more active now, And as Hillary discovered, Slimming World’s flexible Food Optimizing healthy meal plan can be tailored for our members with diabetes to suit their individual needs and to ensure that it conforms to the dietary advice of their healthcare professional. Is.

“It enables members to enjoy a wide variety of healthy everyday foods – such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and poultry, fat-free dairy, eggs, pasta, rice and cereals. Meal preparation and scratching Sharing ideas about cooking and swapping dishes is an important part of the group experience. Members like Hilary also inspire each other to be more active at their own pace and in a way that helps them improving their self-confidence and sense of well-being as appropriate.”

Hayley Caliscan runs the Adiscomb Slimming World Group and is Hillary’s Slimming World Consultant. She said: “Hillary joined my group at the end of 2019 and it’s great to see her turn into the person she is today.

“We have the best package in the group to help members lose weight, which incorporates techniques we share to help members better understand themselves, those foods or by looking at situations that are stoppers for them and finding ways to protect their weight loss over the long term. To replace her, Hillary was able to lose over 12th and reverse her type 2 diabetes. I’m so proud of her.”

For more information or to find the group closest to you, visit slimmingworld.co.uk,

Hilary Sardo

Starting Weight: 25th 4lbs

Weight Loss: 12th 12lbs

Current Weight: 12st 6lb


What did Hillary eat first?

Breakfast: Nothing or two pains or chocolate

Lunch: Store-bought shrimp mayonnaise baguette and soup or a large mac ‘n’ cheese

Dinner: Prepared Meal Lasagne or Big Takeaway Pizza with Dips and Garlic Bread

Snacks: Full fat ice cream, biscuits, crisps and chocolate

What does Hillary eat now?

Breakfast: Bacon Medallions, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked Beans

lunch: slimming world minestrone soup Or a big salad using produce from my allotment

Dinner: Slimming World Lasagne with a large side salad or a large bowl of chili with lots of vegetables, some pasta and cheese

Snacks: Fruit and Greek yogurt, grapes, low-fat crisp bags and high-fiber snack bars

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