Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Weigh-In Cheers and Tears; There Were Cheers and Tears at the Latest Fit Factor Weigh-In, Which Marked the Halfway Point of Our Life-Changing Competition. KAREN WILSON and KIM CARMICHAEL Catch Up with the Awesome Eight KAREN WILSON and KIM CARMICHAEL Catch Up with the Awesome Eight Halfway through the Competition

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Weigh-In Cheers and Tears; There Were Cheers and Tears at the Latest Fit Factor Weigh-In, Which Marked the Halfway Point of Our Life-Changing Competition. KAREN WILSON and KIM CARMICHAEL Catch Up with the Awesome Eight KAREN WILSON and KIM CARMICHAEL Catch Up with the Awesome Eight Halfway through the Competition

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Byline: KAREN WILSON ; KIM CARMICHAEL

HALFWAY through their intensive training and healthy eating regime, our eight Fit Factor contestants have lost just over 19 stone-and-a-half stone between them - the equivalent of a typical heavyweight Sumo wrestler!

And their last weigh-in on Monday revealed that the group had shed an incredible five stone 10lbs in the last two weeks alone.

Every single challenger has lost between half a stone and just over a stone in the last two weeks, which fitness instructor David Fairlamb says is absolutely unbelievable.

At the very first weigh-in, the scales measured everyone's metabolic age, which is calculated by the amount of body fat, lean weight and water levels. Every single person was off the scale with a reading of 15 years or more beyond their actual age.

All of them have come down - in particular 37-year-old police officer Daniel Henderson from Windy Nook, Gateshead whose metabolic age has plummeted from 52 to 38 and whose body fat has fallen from an obese 34% to 21.9% putting him within the healthy range.

Our biggest loser on the scales this week was 40-year-old project manager Nick Cotterill from North Shields who lost just over a stone, taking his total weight loss to an incredible three-and-a-half stone. His stomach has also shrunk by an amazing 10 inches and his metabolic age has fallen from 56 to 46.

"I'm absolutely gobsmacked by it," says David Fairlamb.

"Over the years I've trained lots of people. One of my biggest success stories was Peter McCowie who went from 20 stone to 13st 13lb in 16 weeks and was featured in Men's Fitness magazine. I'd never seen anything as dramatic as that until now."

After the weigh-in David handed round a 21lb weighted jacket to bring home to the contestants how much weight they'd lost. "I put it on Emma's back as she's lost 22lbs and she couldn't believe how much weight she'd been carrying around," says David.

"The motivation of having the others round them has been a major help. They know it's only 12 weeks and want to get the most out of it. They want to prove that, out of the 300 people who entered, they are actually worthy of it. …

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