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If you want to live a long and healthy life, one of the most important things to do is eat healthy and keep a track of your meals. Overindulging in food and vices almost always leads to sudden weight gain and even fatigue-ness.

32-year-old Ashish Balure tells us that he moved to the US in 2017, and in a new country, amongst new friends, he had no control over his eating habits. This led to not just a sudden weight gain but also multiple health issues. I moved to the United States for work, two years ago, I was living in company provided accommodations - hotels mostly. So naturally, during this period, I wasnt cooking my own meals. I made peace with whatever was readily available, think burgers and pizzas."

Plus, my job as a senior management consultant was very demanding. I was always on my toes as my work wasn't time-bound. After living like this (living on junk food and working at odd hours) for 8-9 months, I realised two things. One: I wasnt following good sleeping patterns. Two: Id become obese at 89 kgs with 29 percentage body fat. I had also become a very negative person and started having issues with my lower back."

"A constant feeling of fatigue and lack of energy would also prevent me from doing my daily chores properly. Gradually, this also started affecting my work! he recalls.

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To tackle these issues, especially the back pain, I reached out to chiropractors and doctors. Certain medicines prescribed by them did help me relieve the pain for some time, but more or less - this had become my lifestyle now! I used to also consume very little water, drink a lot of sugary juices along with very sweet tea. And, I think, all of this started showing on my body by way of fat and aches.

ALSO READ: Here's how drinking water at regular intervals can help you lose weight and increase your metabolism

Finally, what led me to a fitter path was a conversation with my wife, followed by a conversation with a friend in Mumbai. While my wife helped me understand why I might be feeling low and mentally frustrated all the time, my friend criticised me for my belly fat. That was my trigger and motivation to lose weight."

"I looked in the mirror and observed my body, only to realise that I was the destructor of my own life and the excess fat was taking a toll on my health. This very day, I decided to rewrite my lifes narrative by working out, losing weight and channeling a positive attitude with the help of the below plan."

To lose weight, the first step I took was - write down goals for each aspect of my body and transformation, and read it every day! Post which, I started working out at home for a month before enrolling myself in a gym. I did this to ensure my consistency in regard to my workout routine."

"This is what my home workout routine included: 10 reps of push-ups + 10 reps of free style squats with a gradual progression.

When I finally joined a gym, I started working out 6 days/week. And on the seventh day, I played football, cricket or went swimming to burn daily calories.

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After 1.5 months of consistently being able to follow up on my workout routine, I enrolled with a personal trainer for 8 weeks. Together, we created a workout and diet plan to benefit my overall health."

"Essentially, the idea to enrol with a personal trainer was to improvise my form while lifting weights so I could achieve a desired output. We also set up a realistic goal of reducing my body's fat percentage by 6-7 per cent in those 8 weeks. Heres what that diet and workout routine plan looked like" -

Balure followed a simple 6-meal diet plan and also upped his water intake to 3-4 litres a day.

Meal 1: 1 serving Oatmeal with Almond milk and Cinnamon + 12 cup Blueberries

Meal 2: A blow of Greek Yogurt + 12 bowl Fruit

Meal 3: Chicken (around 150 grams) + 1 bowl of Rice + 2 portions of any Green Vegetables

Meal 4: 15 Almonds + low-carb Protein Bar

Meal 5: A cup of Tea and 3 Whole Eggs

Meal 6: Chicken/Fish/Tofu (around 150 grams) 2 portions of Vegetables + half a bowl of Rice

ALSO READ: Heres how dry fruits and nuts can help you lose weight

I created an entire weight loss workout plan with my trainer, which was based on my body type. My body type is an endomorphic in nature, which means I gain fat very easily, so doing HIIT and heavy weightlifting were the best approaches for me to get lean.

Flat Bench Press

Incline Bench Press

Decline Press

DB Flies

Matrix Treadmill Sprint 30s

Shoulder Press

Split Squat Jumps

Plank

Ropes

Ball Slams

Wall sit

Ball pass

Lat Pulldown

Asst. Chin up

T bar/Barbell Row

Low Row

Plank

DB Crunch

Side Plank

Lying Leg Raise

Over the Mountain

Mountain Climbers

Bicycle Abs

Russian Stack

Squats

Lunges

Quad Ext

Calf Raise

Goblet Squat

Weighted Box Step up

Glute Kickback

Opposite arm Opposite Leg

Split Squat

JumpsIce Skaters

Wall sit

Crab Walks

Stiff Legged deadlift

Hip Adduction + Abduction

Exercise ball ham curl

Ham String Curl

Ropes or Burpees

Push ups

Sit ups

Lateral Raise

Close grip push-up

Biceps Curl

Shoulder Press

Superman(s)

Shoulder Press

Lateral Raise

Reverse Pec Deck

21's

Hammer Curl

Forearm Curl

Biceps Curl

Skull Crusher

Close Grip Push ups

Rope Cable Ext

Triceps Pushdown

Running 3 kms

Swimming

Each activity was done for 3 sets with increasing weight size in multiples of 20. The first set comprised 25 reps, second - 20 reps and the third one comprised 10 reps.

The biggest challenge for me on this journey was to be able to finish these sets after the personal training was over. I had to mentally push myself to finish 25 reps. But, believe me, its all a mind game! If one decides to do it then you can really do it! The first few days were hard, but after that my mind started directing me in the correct direction to finish the required sets and reps.

I have been able to maintain my current weight by completely curbing processed sugar, oily food and junk food from my diet. This also includes aerated drinks. Even the tea that I drink now is sugar-free.

I also indulge in one cheat meal per week. Cheat meals help the body restart and follow a diet routine even better. People often confuse a cheat meal with cheat day where they eat anything for an entire day - this is wrong.

Gautam Buddha once said, To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Going by this saying, if you want to lose weight and maintain it, you should treat it as a duty. This will help you stay consistent and get a desired result.

Disclaimer: The diet and workout routines shared by the respondents may or may not be approved by diet and fitness experts. GQ India doesn't encourage or endorse the weight loss tips & tricks shared by the person in the article. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.

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Kelly Clarkson keeps it incredibly real. Thats why fans love her. From telling us why she doesnt want people kissing her on the cheek to letting her kids know there is no Easter bunny, The Kelly Clarkson Show star has our lifelong respect.

Judging by her increasingly slimmer figure, the winner of the first season of American Idol has been losing weight. Of course, everyone has their reasons for losing weight, whether its to look better in their jeans, at the beach, or to just feel better about themselves. Find out what its all been about for The Voice coach to drop the pounds.

Kelly Clarkson doesnt want to lose weight just to look good. She wants to inspire others to feel positively about their bodies and themselves. She spoke with Redbook in 2017 at a time when she wasnt yet ready to lose weight.

No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics. Its when Im fat that Im happy. People think, Oh, theres something wrong with her. Shes putting on weight. Im like, Oh, no! Im sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world.'

For me, when Im skinny is usually when Im not doing well. If you gauge your life on what other people think, youre going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.

Whether shes losing weight or not, on the heavier side or looking lighter, Clarksons message of being happy in your own skin is timely and resonates with so many struggling with who they are and finding acceptance with others.

I literally have this conversation with my husband and my assistant all the time. Im like, should I belessconfident?, she shared with USA Today earlier this year. Should I worry about this? Clarkson says. Heres the reason: I think once we let our ego go, (we) just get over the fact that everybodys not going to like usand thats OK. Because there will be people who do dig it. And even if they dont, doyou? You get one life. Who the hell cares what everyone else thinks?

Despite rumors flying around that Clarkson was on some strange pill regimen, the singer hasnt been doing anything of the kind.

Shes following the protocol outlined in The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry, M.D. Her reason for losing weight is to get off medications shes had to be on for her thyroid and for an autoimmune disorder.

Its basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic, she shared with Extra. I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up. Im not on medicine anymore because of this book.

For Clarkson, it wasnt really about the weight; it was about getting to a place where she was no longer dependent on medication for her health. But in the journey, she shows its about attitude more than pounds. You go, Kelly!

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Following a busy and hectic lifestyle often leaves people with no time to exercise or follow a proper diet. Apoorba Kumar underwent the same problems and soon enough, experienced weight issues.But he made a big change in his life and successfully fought off all that weight! To know how he did it, read his story:Name: Apoorba Kumar

Occupation: Director at an IT Organisation

Age: 37

Height: 6 Feet 3 Inches

City: Hyderabad

Highest weight recorded: 127 Kgs

Weight lost: 41 Kgs

Duration it took me to lose weight:18 Months

The turning point: Life has always been a rat race, always about moving ahead and this meant adding more inches to the waist and the body. My weight was silently causing me distress. I was diagnosed with multiple ailments. Cholesterol levels started rising up, blood pressure was constantly high, I used to get tired so easily and later, I was diagnosed with stage 1 diabetes. That was the time I decided to take my health in my hands and overhaul my lifestyle.

My breakfast: For me, breakfast is a very important part of the day and it has to be filling and high in proteins. Since I workout in the morning, I eat something energising and filling like sattu, poha, idlies or boiled eggs along with a fruit (like banana).

My lunch: My lunch is quite nutritious but simple. I usually have a bowl of daal or subzi with two chapatis and a seasonal salad. Having curd is a must for me.

My dinner: In my family, we prefer wrapping up our dinners latest by 6 or 7 pm daily and do not consume anything three hours before sleeping. Dinners are usually light, mostly like my lunch.

Pre-workout meal: Banana or Dates

Post- workout meal: Banana or sattu milkshake.

My workout: For me running is everything and I attribute running for what I am today. My coaches - Vijay Shukla and Hyderabad Runners have played a massive part in my running transformation. This is the only workout secret I have. Ever since I started running, I started seeing changes in my lifestyle and have gotten a lot fitter than before.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I believe that there is nothing bad about any food. As long as you practice the rule of moderation and keep your daily calorie intake in mind, there is nothing on your plate you have to say no to. However, I would like to add that sattu and millet flour is a good dietary addition for weight watchers.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: Exercise can solve so many problems and address so many issues! As they say, do not quit before you try it. People say that exercising and working out is so difficult. However, I believe that we are capable of so much and we do not realize our true potential. Once you start settling in with the regime and make workouts a part of your life, you will never want to go back.

How do I stay motivated? My wife Sonali is the biggest reason for me to always stay motivated. She has kept me going for so long and has also helped me get fitter!

How do you ensure you dont lose focus? I maintain a logbook, tracking all my exercise moves and minutes. I also ensure a strict overview of the schedule we are following. These tiny changes have helped me stay on track.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I see myself being fit and continuing the goal I have in my mind. I know I am capable of doing much more and eventually, I will be able to do so. In the future, I also want to give it back to society and help others looking to achieve fitness levels.

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Many of you think that if you have spent one hour at the gym, you dont need to be active for the rest of the day. But did you know non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the simplest way to burn up to 200 calories per day. The list of sneaky exercises that can boost the calorie burn includes, taking the stairs, gardening, walking your dog, doing the dishes and cooking.

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If you are one of those who want to reduce weight in a herbal way, we have something to help you out. Since exercising is not everyones cup of tea, many people prefer to go for herbal weight loss supplements along with a restricted diet to lose weight.

Here is a list of some of the most popular herbal weight loss supplements that will help you lose weight and fit in your old and favourite clothes again:-

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As the extra kilos piled on, 28-year-old Siddharth Sharma was tired with the way he was leading his life. With absolute hard work and determination, he changed his lifestyle, fought all the weight and got healthier! Read his story to know how he did the impossible and got back in shape in just 3 months. Name: Siddharth SharmaOccupation: Businessman

Age: 28 years

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Highest weight recorded: 105 kgs

Weight lost: 20 kgsDuration it took me to lose weight: 2.5 months

The turning point: I was already not happy with the way I was leading my life. However, in the year 2014, I had fractured my right hand and it was surgically-plated. Someone commented that It wouldnt be possible for me to lose weight because of the same. Additionally, it was really heartbreaking to not be able to tie my own shoelaces. I was determined to lose weight and get fitter as I wanted to prove everyone wrong.

My breakfast: I have poha (without potato), a glass of buttermilk and a handful of soaked almonds

My lunch: Two chapatis with a bowl of chana dal and boiled vegetables

My dinner: I have a bowl of boiled dal, a portion of tofu paneer and soya chunks Pre-workout meal: I drink bottle gourd juice

Post-workout meal: A handful of almonds and walnuts

I indulge in: I do not believe in the concept of cheat days and I havent cheated for even a single day during my weight loss journey.

My workout: My workout routine consists of the following:

1.Jogging nonstop for at least 7 kilometres in the morning

2.20 minutes on the treadmill

3.20 minutes cross trainer

4. 30 minutes abdominal workout

5. Some light leg workout

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I vouch on poha with a bowl of curd as my favourite low-cal recipe.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: I strongly believe that weight loss is 50 per cent diet and 50 per cent workout. Hence, I do not deviate from my diet, no matter how much I am tempted. How do I stay motivated? My biggest motivator during this weight loss journey has been the constant appreciation from people around me. How do you ensure you dont lose focus? I have come a really long way and my weight loss achievements keep me focussed. Moreover, I am in love with the new lifestyle that I have adopted.

Whats the most difficult part of being overweight? It was heartbreaking when I wasnt even able to tie my own shoelaces.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to remain fit and healthy throughout my life and want to help others battling health issues.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? There are several lifestyles changed which I made. Some of them are:

1. Sleeping and waking up on time

2. Eating my meals on time

3. Shunning all types of junk food and sweets

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To become the best version of yourself mentally, physically by losing weight or building a strong athletic body and emotionally you need to make time for yourself. Time to meditate, time to exercise and time to relax.

Now, before you put forth your 9-5 job as an excuse to not be able to take care of yourself, let 27-year-old, Senior Software Developer, Sahil Tagra present his terrific weight loss journey that not only whipped him in a great shape but also got him ripped while managing a hectic office schedule.

I remember trying XL-sized clothes in a store, and thinking that not only do I look uncomfortable in them, but it is also very obvious that I even feel uncomfortable in an XL-sized t-shirt! This moment was my wake-up call. I realised that I need to bring a change in my lifestyle to make this feeling go away, he says.

Consequently, I made a weight loss plan for myself to lose weight in a healthy manner.

Tagra lost 23 kgs and trimmed from 94.8 kgs to 71.4 kgs in 14 months by following the below weight loss plan, diet and workout routine.

The first thing I did was completely curb my sugar and oil consumption. I eliminated all fried and oily foods from my diet and started going to the gym regularly. After 2 months of diligently sweating it out in the gym and not cheating on my diet, I started following a calorie deficit diet.

A calorie deficit is a specific diet pattern that revolves around the number of calories you consume in a day. According to Healthline, the concept is based on the idea that as long as you eat fewer calories than you burn, youre bound to lose weight. Tagra says that to successfully stay in a calorie deficit mode you need to ensure that the number of calories burnt in a day is greater than the number of calories consumed.

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Through research and my own personal experiences in the gym and this diet pattern, I realised that weight loss/ weight gain and even muscle gain is an amalgamation of your diet (at least 80 per cent of it is) and workouts (yes, working out amounts to only 20 per cent).

Since my prerogative was weight loss, I started eating a healthy, protein-rich breakfast and also included raw or stir-fried vegetables, lentils, tofu, fruits, soups and a lot of water in my weight loss diet.

QUICK READ: Here's how drinking water at regular intervals can help you lose weight and increase your metabolism

Pre-workout: Black Coffee + Banana

Breakfast: Oats in water or milk/ Poha/ Dalia/ Besan Cheela with veggies

Mid-Morning Snack: Fruits - Watermelon or Papaya

Lunch: (Tofu 100 gms + Stir fried vegetables (Broccoli, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Spinach) + 1 roti + a cup of Dal

Evening Snack: A slice of Multigrain Bread with Peanut Butter/ Roasted Chana

Dinner: 1 Roti + Dal + Salad + Homemade Vegetable soup

Since I am a vegetarian, I included Whey Protein Shake in my diet after 3/4 months of regular gymming as there is only so much protein you can extract from vegetarian food. That begin said, I also indulged in 5 guilty pleasures now and then: Yogurt, Dry Fruits, Dark Chocolate, Namkeen and Lassi to satiate any sudden cravings.

Initially, Id indulge only in cardio and light-weight muscle training exercises in the gym to lose weight. But after a month, I started following a single muscle program to tone my body. This was my gym routine:

Monday - Chest

Tuesday - Biceps

Wednesday - Back

Thursday - Triceps

Friday - Shoulders

Saturday - Legs and Cardio

After following this routine for sometime, I started changing my workouts every 3 months, based on what suited my body the best be it a Muscle 2x program/per week or the Push/Pull regime.

I have been able to maintain my weight by regularly working out in the morning, before I go to work and keeping a track of my calorie intake. I also enjoy a cheat day and cheat vacations - but as soon as I am back to grind, I get back to the gym and my diet."

Any tips for someone whos trying to lose weight?

I read somewhere "Getting Fat is a solo decision but so is Getting Fit." No supplements/trainer/dietician will help you until you fight for yourself. So go out there and kill it!"

Disclaimer: The diet and workout routines shared by the respondents may or may not be approved by diet and fitness experts. GQ India doesn't encourage or endorse the weight loss tips & tricks shared by the person in the article. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.

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Gregg Wallace is a television host known for presenting Masterchef and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. He has been on the small screen helping a family make healthier choices on the BBC show Eat Well for Less?. It is clear the television presenter has also taken the health tips into his personal life as he has recently transformed his figure. Gregg has revealed a three stone weight loss in the past - what did he do to shape up?

In a recent Instagram post, Gregg treated fans to a picture of his six pack abs captioned getting there.

One fan questioned: Well done, what does your diet consist of?

The presenter replied to the comment: less fat n booze. (sic)

Another asked if he had a personal trainer to which the presenter replied yeah.

Gregg recently used his social media account to share his fitness stats, revealing in an Instagram story he had slimmed down to 12st 3lb.

The presenter also told fans he had slimmed down to have a body fat percentage of just 18 per cent.

In the past, the Masterchef host has opened up about his weight loss and explained he made healthy versions of his favourite meals to shape up.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "Im a huge fan of curries, chillies and stews and it is still possible to lose weight and eat hearty meals.

Think about cooking with meats such as chicken and pork all the things that dont have much fat.

Use lean mince to make chillies, fill up with tasty stews stuffed full of healthy, low-calorie veg.

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Most people cut herbs and spices from their diets in an effort to lose weight, but some of these herbs and spices can actually help you to stay fit. Pepper is one such herb.

We love pleasing our taste buds and one way to do is to add herbs and spices to our foods that make it more delicious. One such thing that we use is pepper. Pepper has been a part of our staple diet for a very long time now. We sprinkle some pepper to add flavour to our food and then there are times when we add some pepper while we cook our food in order to make it taste better. Either way, we only use pepper for flavour but there's something about pepper that most of us don't know. Over the years, researchers have found that pepper can actually aid fat burn and help speed up weight loss. Who knew weight loss could be so delicious? Many of us reduce spices and herbs from our diets in order to maintain our health and weight, but pepper is one thing that you shouldn't cut from your diet if you want to accelerate the weight loss.

Pepper is known to contain something called capsaicin and piperine. These ingredients help boost your metabolism. A great metabolism is essential in order to lose weight and flab. Our metabolism helps break down the food and burn fats to produce more energy and keep us going. Pepper is also known to make people feel fuller and prevent overeating. It helps you manage your cravings and reduce your calorie intake. Another thing to remember is that pepper is known to be spicy and anything that is spicy raises your body temperature. Now, in order to cool down and maintain your energy levels, your body needs to burn fats. This facilitates weight loss without much effort.

Now, there are multiple types of pepper that you can add in your diet. You can add some black pepper or chilli pepper or cayenne pepper and many more. You can always pick a pepper of your choice and something that your tastebuds can handle. You can add pepper to your diet in multiple ways. You can use some pepper oil or add some fresh pepper in your tea every morning. You can easily add some pepper in your snacking habits too, by sprinkling some black pepper powder on your salad or on your cottage cheese and such. You can add some colourful pepper as per your taste to your eating habits and this magic herb or spice can help you burn some fat and stimulate your metabolism and weight loss easily but remember to not overdo it.

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A NEWLY-WED who dropped eight stone in a year to fit into the "dress of her dreams" walked down the aisle to "gasps" from relatives who hardly recognised her.

Gemma Dobbing, 32, had been so focused on looking after her little boy Charlie, now three, that her diet spiralled out of control and she gorged on Chinese takeaways and chocolate bars.

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At her heaviest, the council worker weighed 17st and couldn't bear to go on nights out with friends because she struggled to find clothes to fit her size 22 figure.

But after booking her wedding in October 2018 and finding the perfect dress, Gemma set herself the challenge of squeezing into the gown in less than a year.

Two weeks ago, the beaming bride walked down the aisle to audible gasps from relatives who could hardly recognise her.

The mum, from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, said: "It's a massive achievement. I was so happy.

"When I bought my dream dress, it didn't even fit. It didn't close fully.

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"I was a size 22 and it was size 14 - but it was the dress of my dreams.

"My mum said 'you really shouldn't do this' as I signed a waiver, confirming I was aware it didn't fit when I bought it.

"We'd been storing the dress at my mother-in-law's house for the last year, but eight weeks ago it went to the dressmaker for alterations.

"I was convinced it wasn't going to fit. I panicked.

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"When I put it the dress on it still didn't fit - but this time it was too big!

"We had to take four and a half inches off the waist.

"I hit my target three days before the wedding on September 19. I was a size eight and weighed just 9st 3lbs. I'd finally done it."

After being with Alan for seven years, Gemma claims he never commented on her weight, but told her to do what she needed to do to feel good.

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But as he turned around to see her walking down the aisle, she claims he had a tear in his eye.

For family members who lived further afield, it was the first time they had seen the mum since her weight loss journey began and they gasped at her incredible transformation.

Gemma said: "A lot of my family live far away and they hadn't seen me, so when I walked down the aisle you could hear people gasping.

"It made my day. It was amazing.

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"Alan had always just said to me to do what I want to do, but when he saw me on our wedding day, he had a tear in his eye and said I looked beautiful and like a princess."

Gemma had survived on a diet of chocolate and crisps for breakfast, fish and chips with bread for lunch and takeaways for dinner.

And after a lifetime suffering with acute asthma, she realised her weight was making the condition worse - with medics even telling her to lose weight.

The last straw came when she looked at pictures of her little boy's birthday party and didn't recognise herself.

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Gemma said: "Friends would invite me on nights out and initially I would say yes, but then on the day I would change my mind.

"I didn't have any clothes to fit me. I would just wear a baggy t-shirt or leggings. I suddenly didn't like to go out.

"I stopped going out and being myself because of my weight.

"I was already in ill health, including lung disease and acute asthma, and I'd been in critical care in hospital 14 times in a year.

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"I've always had bad lungs, but I think they struggled supporting me more when I was overweight.

"The respiratory nurses said I needed to lose weight, but I would think 'who are they telling me to lose weight?'

"I had a party for my son's second birthday in August last year, at Build a Bear Factory.

"I saw a photo of myself on Facebook with Charlie on my hip and I thought 'oh my god, is that really me?'

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"By that point, I felt ashamed of myself. I didn't know how I could have let myself get like that.

"Just over a week later I joined Slimming World. I've only been a member for just over a year.

"I'll never be cured of the asthma or lung disease, but I feel I can breathe more freely now."

After a month of following the plan religiously, the plus-size mum had already lost half a stone.

Gemma swapped last minute morning sugar for overnight oats with berries and her fatty chip suppers were swapped for healthy wraps or chicken and rice.

She said: "I went to the first meeting and was like 'oh my god, how do I walk through that door myself?' But everyone was so supportive.

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"By September 19, I'd lost half a stone and the following month we booked our wedding.

"The next month I went to the bridal shop and bought a wedding dress for the following September.

"It made me determined to stay on plan. I knew I wanted to fit into that dress.

"It's tough to keep going. I got bored of the same meals because I wasn't mixing up the recipes and by December, I almost quit.

"My friend Bex joined too to give me motivation and I learnt to cook from fresh.

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"There were points where my weight plateaued. I was trying so hard but for a few weeks I wouldn't lose anything.

"Now I plan each meal. I'll sit down on Thursday and plan Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then on Monday I'll plan the next three days.

"It's amazing to be able to run around with Charlie now and keep up."

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