Couple Lose 139kg After Humiliated Partner Crushed Chair at BBQ
1/7 Chris Coulter, 51, weighed in at 29st 5lbs before he lost half his body weight.
He was so fat he regularly stopped breathing due to sleep apnoea – and partner Lesley Hutchinson, 55, feared he might die.
But the humiliation of the broken chair in the summer of 2010 saw them launch a joint effort to lose weight.
2/7 Splinters from the wood caused Chris serious leg injuries and his GP recommended Slimming World in May 2011.
The pair from Newcastle upon Tyne dieted together and were crowned Slimming World's Couple of the Year 2015.
3/7 Chris, now 12st 3lbs, has seen his waist shrink from 66" to 34" while Lesley, once 15st 4 lbs, is now a trim 10st 9 lbs.
She also dropped 10 dress sizes from 22 to 12. Chris gave up smoking 15 years ago, but replaced his nicotine fix with snacks like crisps, sandwiches and pies.
4/7 Recalling the broken chair, Chris said: "My leg was in a real mess and it was getting to the point where they didn't know what else to do, I started to worry that I might actually lose my leg.
"I knew I had to do something about my weight. I was embarrassed and worried because I thought I'd be the only man in a roomful of women, so Lesley agreed to come with me.
"As soon as we walked through the doors, we were warmly welcomed and made to feel comfortable - it was nothing like we'd expected. Now I can't wait to go to group every week."
The couple followed Slimming World's Food Optimising programme swapping takeaways for healthy home-cooked meals.
5/7 The new diet regime has banished his health problems while sparking a passion for healthy eating to such an extent he now plans to set up a healthy catering company.
6/7 "My only regret is that we didn't do something sooner. I'd been worried about Chris' health for a long time and I dread to think how bad it might have got, but I didn't say anything because I thought it was kinder not to upset him.
"I was completely in denial about my own weight too, but when I look back I realise how unhappy I was.”
7/7 Chris says: "While it's obviously not why we joined Slimming World in the first place, it's amazing to be the Couple of the Year.
"Going on this journey together has been so important because it's meant we've had the other person to bounce ideas off and support from each other, as well as from our Consultant Adam and the rest of the group.
"I couldn't be more proud of Lesley and of myself, too."
They have been together for 25 years.