A super slimmer from Dumbarton shed more than a third of his body weight by dropping a massive
Ross Glen, 46, who was shortlisted for a national award for his efforts, slimmed down from 24st 4.5lbs to 14st 6.5lbs.
He reached the semi-finals in the search for the UK and Ireland’s top male slimmers and met former international football star John Barnes.
Since turning his life around, Ross has spoken about how he believes it can be hard for men to admit that they need to help to lose weight.
He said: “I joined Slimming World with my wife.
“She has lost over 6st as well and has been an amazing support to me. I’m so glad I had the courage to walk through those doors. In fact, I haven’t looked back since.”
New figures from Slimming World reveal that while 95 percent of men surveyed say they want to lose weight, they typically keep weight worries to themselves.
Ross said: “I think I had a really negative view of weight loss before I joined Slimming World, I thought I’d be constantly hungry and have to give up all of my favourite foods.
“I couldn’t have been more wrong though, I eat just as much as before, if not more.
“I did worry that I’d be the only bloke in the room, I wasn’t though.
“And, even if I ever was, it wouldn’t matter because everyone is there for the same reason and it’s such a supportive and friendly environment.
“Losing weight has even encouraged me to think about how active I am too, so I’ve taken up cycling with my two children, going on walks and swimming together as a family.
“Getting to meet John was great too, I never knew losing weight would have this many perks!”
Former footballer John, who is now a successful pundit, said more men can be inspired by Ross’s journey.
He said: “As a footballer, health and fitness has formed a huge part of my life, so I know how much effort and dedication it can take to stay fit and healthy – both mentally and physically.
“It was a pleasure to meet Ross – I can’t believe his transformation, he doesn’t look like the same bloke.
“I think a lot of men find it really difficult to admit they have a problem with something and then seek the help they need to fix it.
“It’s not an easy thing to do so Ross has my utmost respect.”