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‘She saw the man I could be’

After losing 5st 1lb, Ian Colton has gone from homelessness to happiness – all with the help of a very special woman

IAN WEARS: Shirt, ASOS. Jeans, New Look. Shoes, Next. Watch, River Island


Ian Colton, 25, works in a sweet shop and is a Slimming World Consultant. He lives in Dublin with his sons, Jamie, seven, and Bobby, five

Height: 5ft 11ins

Starting weight: 17st 5lbs

Weight now: 12st 4lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 5st 1lb

Ian is a target member of Lorraine Dempsey’s Slimming World group in Dublin, and runs his own group in Dublin

We’d agreed to meet outside the cinema for our first date and, as I saw a smiling figure walking towards me, I couldn’t believe my luck. Sarah-Jane was just as stunning as her pictures had suggested. My nerves disappeared as we chatted over a drink. We soon realised we had a lot of friends in common and even went to many of the same bars. ‘It’s funny, I can’t ever remember seeing you out anywhere,’ I said. ‘You’d think we’d have met before.’ She gave me a quizzical smile, then said: ‘I think there’s a good chance we did, though you won’t have recognised me – I have changed quite a lot.’ She started scrolling through the photos on her phone, then showed me a picture of her before she’d lost 6½st. Now I understood what she meant. I could see that she had always been lovely, and now she’d gained a confidence, a sparkle. Sarah-Jane told me about how, 13 months before, she had been thoroughly unhappy. Then she’d joined Slimming World and had transformed her figure, and her life. She was just so at ease and happy in herself – and the biggest surprise of all, she seemed to like my company. Could my luck really be about to change?

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About Slimming World

Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim