Weight loss is usually achieved by eating less and moving more.
But this seemingly foolproof formula is being overshadowed by new eating plans, fitness regimes and specially tailored packages.
One man that ditched the traditional weight-loss method of gymming daily was 57-year-old Clive Marriott.
He embarked on his own weight-loss journey, getting a specialised DNA test and losing a whopping 5 stone in just six months.
Clive began his weight-loss journey when his GP told him he had to lose weight, once weighing in at 250 pounds.
Spurred on for health reasons, he took advice from an ex-professional footballer he met at his local gym, who suggested he try exercising on an empty stomach.
The 57-year old would go to the gym daily, but didn’t see any results he was happy with.
“I was just so frustrated because after I retired as an NHS Facilities Manager, which was a very sedentary occupation,I was determined to get fitter, but despite a daily visit to the gym, I didn’t seem to be toning up or shifting the weight,” revealed Clive.
“I was intrigued by what the footballer had said about food intake and started to do some internet research about nutrition and its effect on fitness. It was then I came across FitnessGenes.”
The diet plan works by analysing DNA results and creating a tailored plan to suit each person’s metabolism.
“I have made seemingly small but important changes to my diet – for example, I’ve discovered that coffee has a direct effect on my personal metabolism,” revealed Clive.
“I cut down from eight to ten cups to just one or two per day, which has transformed my sleep quality.
“Easily the most surprising thing I learned was the amount of fat content my body needs – I don’t indulge in high fat foods, but I need a certain level of fat for my body to work at its best.
“My DNA analysis also shows that I need to manage my food intake evenly throughout the day, so I have got into the habit of breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner – it works really well and is very easy.”
Clive downsized from 250 pounds to 180 pounds, reducing his chest size from 50” to 44”.
He also lost eight inches around his waist, going from 38” to 30”.
He added: “I feel great, I fit into clothes I never thought I would again and have to say, haven’t looked this good for years!”
Another Britons who lost an impressive amount of weight is celebrity chef and restaurateur, Tom Kerridge.
While Tom’s career was getting bigger and bigger, so was his waistline, and Tom was once also known for being overweight.
However, the star has recently shed almost half of his former body weight and revealed how he managed to do so.