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AN AWARD-WINNING dieter has revealed he had not see his feet for years before he started his astonishing weight loss regime.

Carl Williams, 38, from Anglesey, used to wear size XXXL clothes and tipped the scales at 23st 1lb. Because of his size, he could not work. But after losing 10st 1lb in nine months, the 38-year-old has gained both the accolade of Rosemary Conley Super-Fit Male Slimmer and a job as a sales assistant at Dunelm Mill.

"This time last year I was a mess," he said.

"I had been made redundant and just lounged around watching TV and eating and drinking.

"I got so big I couldn't walk upstairs without stopping half way and gasping for breath.

"My stomach was touching my knees each time I took a step up."

When he started the Rosemary Conley class in March 2010 he found exercise a challenge.

"I hadn't seen my feet for three years," he said.

"Because my thighs were so fat they chafed together and I couldn't lift my legs up."

Carl now attends three fitness classes a week, has joined a gym and enjoys exercising on his Wii Fit.

He said: "I feel amazing, I am a new man."

TV Doctor Hilary Jones said Carl was "a stroke waiting to happen" before he lost the weight.

The 13st super-slimmer was presented with his award at a glitzy ceremony in London earlier this week, along with nine other category winners.

Each Slimmer of the Year was given pounds 1,000 at the event and paraded a cardboard cut-out of their larger selves as they celebrated their weight loss.

Dr Jones estimated the slimmers' combined life expectancy had increased by 87 years.

Rosemary Conley said: "I am incredibly proud of everything they have achieved.

"Together they have lost more than 100 stone and they have added 87 years to their life expectancy and I think to be part of that is just a privilege."


Carl Williams with a life-size cardboard cut out photo of himself before he lost 10st 1lb
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 9, 2011
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