A mum has shared her incredible weight loss journey after dropping six stone in just six months following a complete diet overhaul.
At her heaviest Rebecca Heasman, 36, from Dustan, Northampton weighed 18st 3lbs, and wore a UK size 24, but within six months the independent consultant had dropped to 12st 7lbs and a dress size 12.
Heasman describes becoming overwhelmed by her secret comfort eating habits that saw her eating croissants and large chocolate bars every day.
"Chocolate was one of my biggest downfalls," she explains. “I became addicted to Dairy Milk Whole Nut and would eat at least one or more 200g bars of it every day.
“And I’d be able to eat more than half a pack of Rich Tea biscuits with a cup of tea.
“I love Costa, so I’d also go there every morning after dropping the kids off at school to get myself a strawberry Frostino.
“I’d also get two or more takeaways a week, such as a kebab or curry," she says of her former eating habits.
The turning point came when Heasman realised she was struggling to enjoy activities with her children, Sienna 11, Lucca, seven and Bella, four, anymore, such as going on rides at theme parks.
“I turned to the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight plan and got rid of all my bad habit foods," she says.
“Now I’ve lost six stone in the space of six months!”
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Before her diet overhaul, Heasman says she was on the brink of diabetes and feared her lifestyle could see her dying young.
“I hated going out and socialising, and I rarely took the kids anywhere because I just couldn’t manage," she explains.
“I got told that I was a borderline type 2 diabetic, and I feared that I wouldn’t be round much longer for my kids if I continued down that road."
The mum-of-three believes she used food as a coping mechanism to deal with the loss of her dad, Perry, aged 47, in 2008.
"The pounds piled on over the years and continued to do so with the births of my children," she says.
“Lucca, also recently got diagnosed with ADHD and we are waiting on an autism diagnosis, so that has also been stressful and did not aid my eating habits."
Realising the potential consequences of her bad habits, Heasman turned to The Cambridge Weight Plan 1:1 Diet, which substitutes large portion meals with shakes and healthy alternatives, and has praised her new regime for helping her ditch her bad eating habits for good.
“I lost six stone in the first six months of the diet but ended up putting a stone back on because of personal issues and the pandemic," she says.
“So, I’m still on track to trying to lose an extra stone and 7lbs, to reach my goal weight of 11 stone.
“I feel so much healthier and have completely cut out my bad habits.
“I’ve swapped the lattes and Frontino’s for three litres of water daily.
“I also make sure to calorie count and use my fitness pal app to keep track of my daily intake.”
Losing the weight has also had a positive impact on her confidence.
"Since starting the diet, I’ve become a lot more social and love hanging out with friends," she explains.
“I’ve even started to take my kids swimming which is something I wouldn’t have done previously.”
Friends and family are also impressed with Heasman's new look.
“My daughter, Sienna, actually found an old photo of me and said that I looked so much happier now which was lovely," she says.
“And my friends have loved that I am out socialising again.”
Heasman's diet before
Breakfast – Costa Frostino with cream and a croissant
Lunch - Bacon baguette and crisps
Dinner – Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread
Snacks – Bar of dairy milk whole nut, full size bag of Haribo, whole pack of rich tea biscuits, packet of Doritos.
Drinks – Large full fat milk lattes and six cans of Diet Coke.
Takeaways - Indian and kebabs (£30 a week)
Breakfast – 1:1 Cookie & Cream bar / 1:1 porridge / 1:1 shake and a coffee made with skimmed milk.
Lunch – 1:1 Thai noodles.
Dinner – Chicken / Prawn stir fry or omelette with salad.
Snacks – 1:1 Pop square crisps and 1:1 salted caramel chocolate bites.
Drinks - Three litres water
Heasman shares her weight loss progress on Instagram, as well as sharing inspirational stories from her clients, you can follow her here: @rebeccalu121diet
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