WW – previously often called Weight Watchers – has been serving to folks shed the kilos for years due to its simple points-based system and weekly workshops.
Two women who’ve first-hand expertise of the favored weight-reduction plan are Natasha Summar Allen and Louise Eccleston, who’ve shed a formidable 7st between them.
‘I used to eat three cheeseburgers before I went to bed!’
NATASHA Summar Allen, 33, is a stay-at-home mum and vlogger, and lives in Stalybridge with husband Andrew, 44, an administrator, and kids Harrison, 10, and Layla, seven.
- Weight then: 12st 2lb
- Dress measurement then: 16-18
- Weight now: 8st 2lb
- Dress measurement: now 6-Eight
Natasha says: “Looking at myself within the mirror, I used to be near tears. The size-16 high I used to be carrying was too small and had ridden up over my tummy like a crop high.
I hated what I noticed, however I used to be so used to meals being my consolation that altering my methods was terrifying.
Growing up in Manchester, I used to be all the time a measurement 6-Eight, at 5ft 7in, regardless of often tucking into my mum’s massive parts of Middle Eastern kebabs, casseroles and biryanis.
I met my husband Andrew in June 2006 after I was 19 and learning legislation at Staffordshire University.
I used to be a measurement Eight-10 once we met, however over the course of the subsequent yr I started to slowly placed on weight as we shared takeaways collectively on the couch.
I all the time hated the fitness center, so was very inactive, and my weight crept as much as a measurement 14 by October 2007. I by no means felt full, and generally after dinner we’d go to a McDonald’s Drive-Thru the place I’d polish off three double cheeseburgers.
I knew I used to be placing on weight, as I began having to purchase size-18 garments, however Andrew reassured me that I appeared nice.
I had our son Harrison in February 2010, adopted by daughter Layla in January 2013, and really misplaced weight throughout each my pregnancies, happening to a measurement 12, as I suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme vomiting) and was hospitalised as I couldn’t preserve meals down.
But after each infants, I consolation ate as I felt consistently drained, ballooning to a measurement 16. With two younger youngsters, I used to be so busy that I didn’t have time to cook dinner for the entire household, so I started to depend on prepared meals and freezer meals.
It was after I lastly weighed myself in June 2018 that I knew one thing needed to change. I used to be 12st 2lb and a measurement 16-18, and after I appeared within the mirror I felt unattractive and frumpy.
Although I knew Andrew liked me and was interested in me, I’d typically complain to him that I hated how I appeared, and it actually affected my confidence.
My sister Zeinah, 35, had misplaced 8st on WW, going from a measurement 28 to a 14, so I made a decision to strive it out for myself. I signed up on-line, and began utilizing the recipe builder to make meals from scratch.
Breakfast: Full English with bacon, sausages and toast
Lunch: Big bowl of pasta with sauce and garlic bread
Dinner: Curry with rice and naan
Snacks: Sandwich, McDonald’s, toast, sweets and cake
Breakfast: Fruit and yoghurt or porridge
Lunch: Warm rooster salad or butternut squash soup with home-made bread
Dinner: Home-made burger or curry
I’d not cooked a lot previously, however I liked making burgers, soups, or rooster and rice. Snacks can be fruit or home-made cake. I didn’t drink a lot alcohol anyway, however I minimize it out fully.
The adjustments felt small, however they quickly stacked up, and within the first week, I misplaced 4lb. Over the subsequent yr, I steadily misplaced between 2-3lb per week.
I didn’t train, however as a mum of two, I undoubtedly burned off further energy operating round after the children. When I hit my aim weight of 10st 5lb in June 2019, I used to be over the moon.
At a costume measurement 10, I may purchase no matter I needed from Topshop, and Andrew observed an enormous change in my confidence. I felt a lot sexier and extra engaging round him, plus I had extra power to play with the children.
The adjustments felt small, however they quickly stacked up, and within the first week, I misplaced 4lb.
I discovered shedding weight on the plan really easy that I modified my goal, and now I’m a costume measurement 6-Eight and 8st 2lb – a complete lack of 4st.
These days I nonetheless observe numerous WW recipes. I’ve additionally been posting movies on my YouTube channel of my WW meals, and so they’re actually taking off – my meals is even being featured in a brand new Asda advert!”
‘I cried when airline staff asked if I was pregnant’
LOUISE Eccleston, 30, is an occasions efficiency supervisor for a resort group and lives in Richmond with fiancé Michael, 32, a kitchen designer.
- Weight then: 12st 11lb
- Dress measurement then: 14
- Weight now: 9st 11lb
- Dress measurement now: 10
Louise says: “Standing at check-in, I burst into tears of embarrassment. A member of airline employees had simply requested if I used to be pregnant.
I wasn’t, I’d simply placed on weight. It was the ultimate straw – it was time for me to get again in form.
As a young person, I saved my weight down with common dance lessons, and was all the time round a measurement 10 and 9st.
When you’re youthful, you eat what you need with out desirous about it, however wanting again my weight-reduction plan wasn’t very wholesome – I all the time liked quick meals and large roast dinners.
I met my fiancé Michael on a relationship app in April 2014 after I was 24 and dealing as an occasions supervisor. Straight away we acquired into the behavior of consuming quite a bit collectively.
We had a favorite Indian takeaway and I’d order a korma and garlic naan. If we have been assembly pals for dinner, we’d drink a great deal of wine and end off with cheese.
Working within the resort business, I keep in a single day at our resorts a number of instances a month, and would all the time check out the eating places, ordering steak and chips washed down with wine and a giant chocolate dessert.
I by no means weighed myself, however over the subsequent 4 years I progressively acquired larger.
By the time we went on an all-inclusive vacation to Turkey in April 2018, at 5ft 7in I used to be a measurement 14 and felt self-conscious by the pool, consistently carrying a sarong.
When you’re youthful, you eat what you need with out desirous about it, however wanting again my weight-reduction plan wasn’t very wholesome.
But it didn’t cease me demolishing pizza and chips and ingesting sugary cocktails at night time. It was once we flew house that one of many airline employees requested if I used to be pregnant.
I’d had a tremendous vacation, however it was abruptly ruined. When I acquired house, I stepped on to the scales and was shocked to see I weighed 12st 11lb.
I’d heard of WW, and signed up with the aim of shedding 3st. I did some meal planning, and shopped utilizing the app’s barcode scanner to see how many factors have been in meals.
Breakfast: Bowl of cereal
Lunch: Ham and cheese baguette, crisps
Dinner: Beef burger with candy potato fries
Snacks: Chocolate bar
Breakfast: Wholegrain toast, avocado and poached egg
Lunch: Tuna with inexperienced salad and grains
Dinner: Paprika rooster with lentils, couscous and inexperienced beans
Snacks: WW wafer biscuit and grapes
Breakfast grew to become poached eggs and wholegrain toast, and lunch was salad. I started cooking dishes similar to paprika rooster, which got here in at zero factors, and lasagne made with butternut squash pasta, which is decrease in carbs than common pasta.
I’m not a fan of the fitness center, however I walked extra, which made an enormous distinction.
The weekly WW workshops have been a bit scary at first, however everybody was so pleasant. I misplaced 1st within the first six weeks and was capable of match right into a measurement 12, which spurred me on to lose extra.
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By December 2018, I’d misplaced 3st and was again to a measurement 10. Michael mentioned I appeared nice however, that better of all, I appeared blissful once more.
We went again to Turkey in April 2019, staying in a resort with wholesome meal choices, and I felt assured in my bikini.
I’m sustaining my weight as a gold member and nonetheless cook dinner WW recipes, as they couldn’t be simpler and so they style scrumptious.”
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