Slimming World consultants celebrated half a century of success when the met TV presenter and Big Brother star Rylan Clark.

Members of the Borehamwood branch were invited to the annual Slimming World Awards, which were held in Birmingham.

The team were delighted to get the opportunity to meet Rylan and said it was a great way to round off the year and head into 2019.

Marie Gale, from the group, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of our members. Not only have they lost fantastic amounts of weight throughout 2018 – with many of them hitting their target weights – they’ve also improved their health, boosted their confidence and are headed into 2019 with new healthy habits that will stay with them for life.

“Watching people change before my eyes and start being able to do things that they didn’t think were possible before losing weight absolutely amazes me. Every week I feel privileged to play even a small part in people’s achievements and to celebrate with them, so I felt especially honoured to represent our Slimming World groups at the Slimming World Awards. Rylan was blown away by the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives too."

Presenter Rylan added: “I met so many people who had lost incredible amounts of weight and made a huge difference to their lives. While the stories I heard were obviously very personal, the one thing they all had in common was how much support they received from their ‘Slimming World family’. It’s clear that the people who run the groups each week are worth their weight in gold.”