Mum’s ef­forts turn her into poster girl

GEMMA BE­COMES FACE OF WEIGHT LOSS CAM­PAIGN

Sunday Sun - - News - By Amanda Cashmore Reporter Amanda.Cashmore@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Gemma be­fore and af­ter her weight loss GEMMA Bosanko lost four stone in three years, and is one of the faces for Slim­ming World’s Au­tumn 2017 cam­paign. The mum was con­vinced to change her life af­ter gain­ing weight fol­low­ing a di­ag­no­sis of heart dis­ease at only 20 years old. The hered­i­tary con­di­tion meant Gemma had a pace­maker fit­ted, and stopped ex­er­cis­ing as much as she had pre­vi­ously. This led to weight gain and Gemma re­alised that things had to change. She said: “I gained quite a lot of weight. “Re­al­ity kicked in and I thought ‘I’m not help­ing my­self right now’.” The 30-year-old says she feels fan­tas­tic now, but she sees her weight loss as a life­style change rather than a diet. She added: “I feel so much health­ier. I’ve changed as a per­son, I’m much more con­fi­dent and pos­i­tive. “The big­gest thing for me is I have learned about food and healthy eat­ing. I live a re­ally big life­style. So it works for me, it’s so easy and adapt­able. “It’s not a fad diet, it’s just a way of life. We em­brace it as a fam­ily.” Gemma, from Cum­bria, has a huge fol­low­ing on so­cial me­dia, with her Instagram boast­ing 110,000 fol­low­ers. She cred­its her so­cial me­dia pres­ence with keep­ing her fo­cused, and push­ing her to try new recipes. “It’s made me a lot more ad­ven­tur­ous.” “It cer­tainly helps me. It makes me think. I’m aware that a lot of peo­ple are look­ing to my ac­count – it keeps me on track. I feel like I’m more ac­count­able.” Gemma is now an am­bas­sador for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion. She raised £20,000 for them af­ter tak­ing part in the Great North Run and the London Marathon – some­thing she finds very poignant af­ter the sup­port she re­ceived af­ter her di­ag­no­sis. Next year, Gemma is run­ning the London Marathon with the Slim­ming World team, some­thing she’s ex­cited about do­ing. She’s hon­oured to be in­volved with the cam­paign: “It’s so lovely to be part of a cam­paign that changed my life.”

SLIM­MING WORLD/ PAUL BULLER

Gemma lost four stone in three years and is now one of the faces for Slim­ming World’s Au­tumn cam­paign

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