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SO YOU think Gavin Whitehead's is just another weight loss story?
The Rockhampton man shed an amazing 50kg to reclaim his life at the healthy weight of 74kg.
To put that achievement into perspective – Gavin basically lost the entire weight of top jockey Glen Boss, who was 49.5kg when he rode So You Think to Cox Plate glory in 2009.
But the weight loss guru's humble recognition of such a colossal achievement has now given him the opportunity to motivate others to lose weight, as a consultant for Jenny Craig in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
Gavin had been finding it tedious losing the weight by himself and thought he'd give the reputable weight loss program a try.
But Jenny Craig's franchisee operator of Central Queensland centres, Harry Mowson, was so impressed by Gavin's methods and attitude that he asked him to be part of the team.
“I met Gavin when he was losing weight and he was so good at losing it and really stuck to it, that I asked if he wanted to be a consultant for the Rockhampton team, and he's done so well that he's now full-time,” Mr Mowson said.
So well, in fact, that even women find him approachable and a great counsellor for the battles of weight loss.
“When you've been through it yourself you know the battles of losing weight and motivation can be hard to get into for some,” Gavin said.
“It's a huge thing and just to keep sight of your goals and the benefits of them.”
Harry could not be more proud of Gavin who is also a sole parent.
“He's a great family man and a valued member of the team in Rockhampton, and both men and women who come to Jenny Craig are very impressed with him,” he said.
But a close friend of Gavin's, Doug Swain, a personal trainer and a black belt in tae kwon do, really got the ball rolling for him.
Gavin said Doug really taught him a thing or two about discipline when it came to losing weight.
“I've been maintaining my weight loss for 12 months now which is something a lot of people struggle with, so that's a very important thing,” he said.
Now passing on his secrets for losing weight for Jenny Craig clients, Gavin consults Rockhampton woman Kerry Roduner, who reached her goal weight on Thursday – losing an astounding 44kg since being consulted by him.