‘I dropped five dress sizes’

Woman (UK) - - Health Report -

af­ter pil­ing on the pounds, Elaine Sweeney, 57, from Ersk­ine, dis­cov­ered that eat­ing a bal­anced diet was the best slim­ming se­cret.

‘a virus in my early 40s left me home­bound. Bored, I nib­bled on bis­cuits and downed three litres of Diet Coke a day. The virus also caused my pan­creas to shut down. I de­vel­oped type 1 di­a­betes and was put on in­sulin. Cou­pled with my un­healthy life­style, my weight bal­looned.

ap­palled by how my size-22 frame looked in my son’s wed­ding pho­tos, I knew I had to do some­thing. Spot­ting the Drop away plan on­line (drop­away.co.uk), which en­cour­ages cook­ing healthy food from scratch, I gave it a go. Frozen ready meals, bis­cuits and in­stant curry sauce were out and lean pro­tein, veg­eta­bles and home­made sauces were in. Work­ing full-time, I’d batch-cook on week­ends. In un­der a year I dropped five dress sizes.

I don’t be­lieve obe­sity is hered­i­tary. Peo­ple of­ten strug­gle to lose weight be­cause they’re eat­ing rub­bish. Cook­ing healthy food, com­bined with Drop away’s 24/7 sup­port, has trans­formed my life – I’m slim­mer, health­ier and my blood sug­ars are the low­est they’ve been in years. But I know that if I slipped back into old habits, I’d pile the weight back on.’

elaine was shocked by her size-22 frame – now she’s a 12

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