Mum loses nine stone after quitting cheddar
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.