PAUL Nugent has a new lucky number.

The father of four recently lost 51kg at age 51 and is feeling fitter and healthier than he has in decades.

Paul struggled with his weight for more than a quarter of a century.

At his heaviest he weighed in at 165.3kg, had Type 2 diabetes, was insulin dependent, had dangerously high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

Paul's father, who died age 65, was a stroke victim who he nursed for three years.

It was at that point he decided to make a change, or risk an early death.

"I just thought, 'I'm not going down that road'," he said.

Six months ago the 51-year-old was dependant on a machine to keep his airway open during sleep. He used to stop breathing up to 57 times an hour.

"I don't use the machine now, I am off my blood pressure tablets, my cholesterol has gone down and I am off insulin completely," he said.

"It's so much easier to manage, I don't have to stick myself with a needle every day."

It took Paul just six over months for the weight to fall off after he began walking, eating healthier and using Cambridge Weight Plan in February.

He first heard about it from a friend at work.

"I thought he was terminally ill at first. Over six or seven months it was incredible to see the change in him," he said.

"I asked him how he did it and rang the same day."

The plan, made up of low calorie shakes, bars, soups and porridge, along with exercise and healthy eating has seen Paul able to kick a footy around with his boys for the first time in years.

"Even walking to the post box used to put me out of breath," Paul said.

"Now getting out and playing footy with the kids is just magic.

"I can't describe it. I'm so much more confident with more energy - it's just this electric feeling."

The energetic Forest Lake truck driver, who was born and raised in Ipswich, wants to get to 99kg over the next three to four months.

"I feel like I'm in my 20s again but I'm still aiming for the double figures," he said.

Paul said his advice to others would be to find what works for them and stick to it.

"For years I tried diets but this suits my lifestyle," he said.

"Get out and start walking. It doesn't have to be far just build it up a little every day.

"You have to prioritise (getting healthy) and want it more than anything."

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