Mum loses nine stone af­ter quit­ting ched­dar

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Exclusive - By con­nor Boyd mail@sun­day­

A SELF-CON­FESSED cheese ad­dict lost nearly half of her body weight af­ter cut­ting the dairy prod­uct from her diet.

Bon­nie Kilroy, 53, would eat cheese with ev­ery meal and weighed 20.8 stone last Jan­uary when she was at the height of her ched­dar crav­ings.

She was get­ting through al­most seven pounds of grated cheese ev­ery week – and us­ing cheese spread in­stead of but­ter.

But the mother-of-two says peo­ple hardly recog­nise her in the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket now that she weighs just 11 stone.

Bon­nie, from Bish­op­briggs, said: “Look­ing back now it was ter­ri­ble. I was a strict cheese lover and I was go­ing through half a dozen bags of grated cheese a week – and that’s not in­clud­ing the spread­able cheese.

“I would’ve put cheese on top of cheese back then. For break­fast I’d maybe have grilled cheese on toast, for lunch a baked potato with cheese, pastas with cheese or a cheese salad.

“In the evenings I’d have crack­ers with Dairylea spread­able cheese and then sliced cheese on top.”

But Bon­nie cut it out com­pletely af­ter be­ing in­spired by the suc­cess of her son Kevin, 27, and daugh­ter Colleen, 23.

She said: “Kevin is a top en­gi­neer and Colleen is a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive. Watch­ing them go to univer­sity and do amaz­ing things for them­selves re­ally in­spired me.

“I de­cided I wanted to make them proud of their mum.”

Last Jan­uary, Bon­nie said enough was enough and joined a Weight Watch­ers club to curb her eat­ing habits.

She was shocked by how much she didn’t know about the food she was eat­ing.

“I feel like ed­u­ca­tion on food was such a big fac­tor. If peo­ple knew ex­actly what was in their food, they’d change their diet. Be­cause I cer­tainly didn’t re­alise how much fat was in things.”

Each Fri­day, af­ter weigh­ing in, Bon­nie would call her chil­dren and mum Pa­tri­cia to re­port back on her progress.

She said: “My fam­ily are my sup­port net­work. It turned into a weekly event – I’d call them and let them know how much weight I had lost that week. I def­i­nitely couldn’t have done it with­out them.”

Bon­nie once weighed more than 20 stone.

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