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14 April 2012

Meet Goodna's slim king - Craig Horsfall

Goodna's Craig Horsfall - shed 68kg in 6 months
ONE man is showing Ipswich how to take on weight loss and beat the threat of diabetes that plagues one person in 20 across the region.

Six months ago Goodna resident Craig Horsfall weighed 160kg, cutting a distant figure from the active sportsman he was only a few years ago.

In a transformation he is still coming to terms with, Mr Horsfall shed an incredible 68kg after his GP laid out the hard facts of his declining health.

He has now set his sights on becoming a personal trainer and helping others make the life changing commitment.

Statistics released last year by Diabetes Australia show the number of people with diabetes in Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim regions has increased by 50 per cent over the past four years.

In an 18-month stint working 12-hour days as a security guard on the Mt Isa minefields, the father of two over-indulged and put on an immense amount of weight.

He was diagnosed as being obesity type two in November, increasing his chances of suffering a heart attack and developing diabetes.

The appointment was the beacon he needed and set him on the staggering weight loss path.

Now the thought of raising a piece of takeaway pizza to his lips is enough to make him shudder.

"I have cut out all junk food, I don't even eat Subway. I just eat salad and eat smaller portions. If you are going to snack eat fruit," he said.

There is no secret to his weight loss.

During the irregular working hours Mr Horsfall found himself eating dinner-plate sized meals and snacking between - even if he wasn't hungry.

He has halved his meals sizes and is no longer tempted to nibble on a chocolate bar and exercises 45 minutes a day, six days a week.

"I feel a lot healthier and I'm not as tired. I have a lot more free movement. It's been an amazing transformation.

"Originally I thought I would lose 15 to 20kg. I didn't think I would lose that much."

His turnaround follows in the footsteps of his mother, who dropped from 160kg to 54kg over an eight-year period.

Finding the energy to keep up with his two daughters Rayleen, aged six, and Shakira seven months, is no longer a problem.

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