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Re­becca Green (46), 5ft 4in, lost 4st 6lbs to weigh 10st 10lbs

“My weight gain star ted dur­ing my first preg­nancy in 2006,” says nurse and mother-of-two Re­becca Green. I put on three stones and my weight peaked at 16 stones. Af­ter my se­cond preg­nancy I was down to 15 stone but with a BMI of 30, I was fat. Even my feet were fat, hav­ing gone from size 6 to 8.

“I had weight-re­lated aching joints and gas­tric nig­gles and I was fed up with the dif­fi­culty of find­ing size 18 clothes I liked. I wanted to change and show my daugh­ters I could do it.”

Re­becca had met weight loss ex­per t Dr Sally Nor ton (see left) while work­ing at the Bris­tol Royal In­fir­mar y and they dis­cussed the best way for Re­becca to lose weight.

“I didn’t want to join a group and I didn’t want the regime of a spe­cific diet. I love cook­ing and wanted to carr y on sit­ting down to eat din­ner with my daugh­ters at 6pm ever y day.”

Dr Nor ton’s ap­proach of tai­lor­ing weight loss to per­sonal and in­di­vid­ual life­styles appealed. “I took ‘baby steps’ to eat sen­si­bly, eat less and move more. I ate from a side plate to cut por tion sizes and I re­duced carbs, but I didn’t cut any foods out.”

Re­becca and the girls star ted walk­ing to school. “At my heav­i­est it took 25 min­utes. Now we do it in 10. I cy­cle in­stead of driv­ing the four miles to and from work. At first it took 45 min­utes and now I do it in 15.” Re­cently Re­becca did a char­ity cy­cle ride to Paris!

“From the be­gin­ning I star ted to lis­ten to my body and ask my­self if I wanted to eat from hunger or be­cause I was angr y or up­set.

“If I want to eat for emo­tional rea­sons I talk to my­self and sor t out the un­der­ly­ing cause rather than just eat. I also ate more slowly to give my brain time to catch up and recog­nise when I’ve eaten enough.”


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