Real Weight-Loss Success Stories

These four runners shed stones - and you can too with their inspiring advice

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Obstacle: Skipping breakfast

Name: Ian Pickering
Vital stats: 43 / 180cm / Leicester/ Starting weight 18st / End weight 14st

Old habits 

Skipping breakfast every morning left Ian ravenous later in the day, when he would grab junk food on the hoof as he worked running his busy photography studio. "I'd always be tempted to go for the tasty fried options, and I'd usually eat enough for  two," Ian says.

New outlook

"Running made me think more about what I ate," says Ian. "I started to eat breakfast regularly, snack on fruit and eat lots of chicken and veg." This stabilised his energy levels and quashed the temptation to reach for crisps and chocolate come the afternoon.

Best tip: Bring a friend

At first Ian was embarrassed to be seen in running kit, but his friend gave him vital encouragement. "My first run  hurt like hell, but the sense of achievement drove me to regularly run with Nicola," he says.

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