A Tallaght slimmer who transformed his life by losing over 9 stone in one year with Slimming World and went on to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too is launching a second slimming world group.

Gary Dempsey joined Slimming World  in  January 2016 and dropped from over 23 stone to 13 stone 13lbs after undergoing a series of spinal surgerys which his  weight contributed too, achieving his target in early 2017 and maintaining it ever since over 1 year later. Gary says “It’s incredible to think that I was once a 44 inch waist and 3/4XL and am now wearing a 32 inch waist and M shirt. My mindset has completely changed but that hasn’t always been the case and it is not always plain sailing.

Gary, who lost 9st 1lb and now helps others to shed the pounds every Monday in Thomas Davis GAA Club, says: “As someone who had struggled with my weight for my whole life I had tried lots of different diets in the past. Life would always get in the way at some point though and I’d go off track. It would knock my confidence and I’d end up feeling like a failure and like I couldn’t stick at anything.

“When you have an unhealthy relationship with food, as I did at the time, comfort eating can feel like the only way to make yourself feel better. I’d turn to takeaways or junk food but afterwards I’d feel even more guilty and empty and before long I’d have given up completely.

“Since joining Slimming World my outlook has changed completely. With the support of other people who have experienced the same thing I gradually started to realise that I wasn’t the only one who this happened to. We’re all human and we all have our off days, the important thing is that we’re able forgive ourselves and draw a line under it.

“Now if I ever have a week that doesn’t quite go to plan, I’m careful to always talk to myself as I would any of the members of my group – with encouragement, support and without any judgement or blame. And that’s why the support of a group is so important, as by sharing problems and solutions with other people, you realise that you’re really not alone and you have a network of people like you who really understand and care, to help pick you back up when things go wrong. After all, things will often go wrong or get in our way, and learning to cope with those weeks that don’t go as intended, brushing yourself off and getting back on track is the key to successful weight loss in the long-term.”

Gary’s Second Slimming World Group:

Consultant Gary, who currently runs the Kiltipper Slimming World group in Thomas Davis GAA Club after 23 successful weeks getting multiple members to target and seeing incredible weightlosses weekly is now taking on his second Slimming World Group which is relaunching on Tuesday April 3rd in St Marks GAA at 5:30pm & 7:30pm with Gary as the new consultant.

Gary said, “After losing over 9st stone and opening my first group just 23 weeks ago, it’s a privilege for me to be in the position that I am in with amazing members that I can pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target, most of which are well on their way to achieving in such a short space of time.”

If people want to lose weight for good this year, in group they will learn to be kinder to themselves when things go wrong, get motivated and inspired weekly to get one step closer to their target weightloss with the support of all the inspirational men and women in my groups while satisfying their appetite on filling foods that are low in energy density like pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, lean meat, poultry, fish and more – meaning they need never go hungry and are free to enjoy a treat every now and then without feeling guilty.

Garys Group Details:

Thomas Davis GAA Club, Kiltipper Road, every Monday at 5:30pm or 7:30pm

St Marks GAA Club, Springfield, every Tuesday at 5:30pm or 7:30pm.

Call: 085 2720956 or message him on Facebook at: Slimming World with Gary