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Frome couples shed 27 stone to reach Slimming World competition final

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: March 30, 2013

  • Above, a slimline Emma and Dylan Smith and Debbie and Michael Cooper; below couples before they lost weight

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Two super-slimming couples from Frome have lost 27st 6lb between them and reached the finals of a national competition.

Debbie and Michael Cooper and Emma and Dylan Smith both shed the weight after joining Slimming World groups.

The couples became two of 30 from around the UK and Ireland to reach the finals of the organisation's Couple of the Year 2013 contest.

All four slimmers, who attend sessions at Frome Cricket Club, said the secret of their success was getting support from each other as well as from the other members at their groups, which helped them to stay committed to their weight-loss goals.

Forty-five-year-old Mrs Cooper lost 3st 2lb going from 10st 10½lb to 7st 8½lb.

She said: "Losing weight together made a huge difference because we were able to spur each other on every week."

Her husband, who is 47, joined Slimming World weighing 22st 5½lb and lost 8st 3½lb to reach 14st 2lb.

Fellow slimmers at Debbie Hills' Slimming World group voted for the Coopers to represent them at the Slimming World Couple of the Year finals at the organisation's head office in Derbyshire.

Mr and Mrs Smith were voted to represent their group but unfortunately neither couple were chosen as the overall winners.

Twenty-eight-year Mrs Smith went from 21st 9lb to 11st 7½lb. Her slimmed down husband lost 5st 13lb.

Mrs Smith said: "We were delighted to be part of the finals but, if we're honest, we already feel like we've won the biggest prize we could wish for because losing weight has completely changed our lives."

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