SCOOCH star David Ducasse is launching a third Slimming World group in South Tyneside.
The 35-year-old, from South Shields, became a group leader for the weight-loss club after it helped him get in shape.
He relaunched a Monday night group at the Marsden Inn in Redwell Lane, which became so popular that he had to open an extra session and now he’s set to begin running a third, at Ocean Road Community Centre, South Shields, on Saturday mornings.
He said: “I joined Slimming World last June after a costume fitting for panto showed I’d put weight on without actually realising how my eating habits were getting out of control.
“Everything felt that little bit too tight, but it was the wake-up call I needed.
“I didn’t think I had huge amounts of weight to lose, but I did know I had to take action. It was a case of recognising where this was going.”
David has lost 1st 8lb by following Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, which encourages members to satisfy their appetite with foods that are filling, nutritious and naturally low in calories.
David added: “The eating plan was nothing like I expected. I thought losing weight would mean not eating very much, or cutting out my favourite foods, but that was not the case.”
In six weeks, David’s Marsden Inn members have lost 29.5st and last week launched a national campaign called Let’s Beat Obesity in the Community.
The Ocean Road Community Centre group launched at 9.30am on Saturday, where David hopes to encourage and support others on their own weight loss journey.
He said: “I am really excited, especially as this is the first Saturday morning group to be launched in South Shields. My current members have had amazing results and I would love to be able to help others achieve their own goals.”
Anyone who would like to join the group should turn up at the class or contact David on 07949 196324, go to www.facebook.com/DavidSlimmingWorld or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.