A weight-loss journey could be inspired by many different reasons. One woman struggled with her “body image from a young age” and after piling on the pounds after her first child was born and struggling to drop any weight she found herself growing to a size 26 clothes before she overhauled her lifestyle and managed to drop six stone eight pounds by using a simple diet plan. What plan did she use?
Helen Dawe, 47, became a stranger in her own body as she looked down to her size 26 frame, she decided to embark on a weight loss journey after her growing weight became a huge problem for her, she discovered a brilliant weight loss diet plan which allowed her to reclaim her own body and slim down to a much healthier 16st 4lb.
At the beginning of her journey, Helen weighed 22st 12lb, a heavy diet of carbs, biscuits, crisps, cakes, and puddings contributing to her weight gain.
Helen had always been struggling with her size but it wasn’t until she gave birth to her first child that she saw the pounds piling on.
She said: “Growing up the tallest and biggest girl in my class meant I struggled with my body image from a young age.
“I was always aware of my size, but my weight problems truly began after I had my first child in my 20s.
“I couldn’t shift the baby weight and I just seemed to get bigger and bigger.
“Before long I was wearing size 26 clothes. From the outside, I appeared happy and jolly but my heart was telling a different story,” she explained.
Reaching her limit in 2018, in a desperate attempt to lose weight she met with her GP to ask for a gastric band but after her BMI turned out to be one point below the threshold for consideration, she had to make a difficult decision.
“Shortly before Christmas last year I went to ask my GP to ask for a gastric band. It was the only way out I could see and, in all honesty, I was crying out for help,” she said.
“My BMI was 44 – one point below the threshold for consideration.
“‘Do I put on the extra weight to qualify? Do I risk my blood changing for
the worse? Do I want type 2 diabetes? Am I happy the weight I am?’ These were the thoughts running through my mind.”
Once 2019 came around the corner, Helen attempted several different weight-loss diets to shift some of her weight, but with low motivation, she “didn’t get far. “After dieting for 28 days straight I’d only lost 7lb,” she explained.
But after trying multiple weight loss programmes, Helen discovered the LighterLife diet plan which helped her to shed six stone eight pounds.
“My sister Vickie was the one who recommend I give LighterLife a go. Although we don’t live in the same town she encouraged me to try out my free,” she revealed.
“This plan combined very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) Foodpacks with weekly CBT mindfulness sessions run by my Mentor, Tonia.
“Instantly I found the meetings so supportive, which I’d never had from a diet club before, and it was so refreshing to not talk about food or speak about our weight losses, instead focusing on unpicking many years of unhelpful behaviours around eating.”
In the first week of being on the LighterLife diet plan she managed to lose eight pounds.
“I lost 8lb in my first week. I couldn’t believe it! That’s more than I’d lost in the previous month.
“I now know that weight-loss surgery isn’t your only option when you are feeling at your lowest with what feels like nowhere to turn. Trust me when I say if I can do it so can you.”
Since following the plan Helen has managed to trim down by six stone eight pounds by overhauling her diet and incorporating exercise into her weekly routine.
What is the LighterLife Programme?
LighterLife is campaigning to help people live healthier and more fulfilled lives by boosting confidence, self-esteem, and belief.
The LighterLife weight loss plans combine a very low-calorie diet (VLCD) with weekly counselling.
With LighterLife dieter get access to meal-replacement food packs – consisting of shakes, soups, mousses or bars – and no conventional food.
With weekly support from a LighterLife weight loss counsellor and a variety of weekly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Mindfulness activities, Vicky was able to overhaul her lifestyle.