HOW REBECCA DID IT WITH DR NORTON
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.”