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These people lost 70 stone and here is how they did it – Liverpool Echo

Jun 27th, 2022

From health scares to feeling embarrassed, people decide they would like to lose weight for a whole range of reasons.

One mum didn't want to leave the house and started worrying about the impact her weight was having on her health, while one man swapped his 2XL joggers for a medium by using reduced items in supermarkets.

Over the last year, a number of people have shared their weight loss success stories with The ECHO including tips for how to stay on track when the going gets tough.

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Here are seven people who lost weight this year, and their stories of how they did it.

'Ticking time bomb' mum sheds 17 stone after scrolling through Facebook

Laura Cain from Southport has been honoured in the top three 'greatest losers' in the country after shedding more than half of her weight. The 34-year-old came third in the annual Slimming World awards before claiming she "wouldn't be here right now" if it wasn't for the drastic weight loss.

Laura, who the ECHO reported on earlier this year, piled on the pounds after a number of traumatic events and health scares plagued her day-to-day life. Laura was placed on life support when she suffered from Swine Flu as well as contracting meningitis and battling brittle asthma and fibromyalgia.

Her gruelling health battles and growing weight left her so unwell that she was unable to take her son, Domanic, to school, as she struggled to leave her house.

Laura developed swine flu 11 years ago and was placed on a life support machine in a desperate bid to survive. She was so ill afterwards, she had to learn how to walk again. Three years later, in 2012, Laura contracted meningitis after giving birth to Domanic.

While fighting back from those traumatic episodes, Laura also had to contend with living with brittle asthma, diagnosed in 2008, and fibromyalgia, and also developed a huge hernia. Laura said: "I have been overweight since high school. Then in 2008 I was diagnosed with brittle asthma and have been on steroids ever since, which has affected my weight."

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Obese dad who broke his bed loses weight of a '6ft man'

Barrie Stewart, from Birkenhead, said he's surprised he's still alive after spending 30 years eating around 5,000 calories a day through a diet of crisps and takeaways, washed down with 6-8 cans of beer or cider. But after going to see his doctor Barrie was given the wake up call he needed to lose weight and he has now lost a whopping 14st 7lbs in total.

Barrie told the ECHO: "I'm shocked now that I've changed my life that I got myself in that position. I'm surprised I'm still here or my bones never crumbled.

"The start of the journey was the doctor telling me all my stats were in the red. I said to him 'don't sugar coat it just tell me.' I think he was going around the houses trying to get the point to me but not shock me, but I just wanted to know.

"I said 'what are you telling me?' He said to me 'all your vitals are in the red' - and that was enough to kick me into shape. It feels like your life is going down a plug hole and if you don't sort it out you're not going to see your kids grow up and my granddaughter."

At his heaviest, Barrie tipped the scales at over 26 stone and was a size 5XL in clothes. He initially lost three and a half stone after he decided to stop drinking alcohol but his diet stayed the same.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Woman who 'couldn't keep weight off' sheds five stone with diet plan

A woman lost an incredible five stone after years of trying different diet plans.

Angela Meade, from Warrington, said she had tried various weight loss plans over the years but said the weight "came back on again" after she stopped them.

The 54-year-old also said her career, which before the pandemic involved lots of travelling abroad, left her without any "structure", reports CheshireLive.

But in 2019, Angela decided to start Slimming World's Food Optimising Plan, which aims to re-educate people on getting the balance right on the types of food they eat.

She said: "The trigger behind it is that I do a lot of travel with my job, so I was on and off planes all the time, eating plane food, in and out of different times zones, eating out, not really having any structure, so it also gave me that structure and taught me to rethink how I go about eating."

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Man loses four stone after making meals with yellow sticker foods

Dean Simpson Humphreys feared hed never get the scales to balance but has gone from 18st to just under 14st, and swapped his 2XL joggers for a mere medium. The former NHS manager hatched a plan to make meals using 'yellow sticker' food and lost more than four stones by saving pounds.

He said: Money was tight because Id had to give up work to look after my husband, Gary, who has a number of serious health issues. I piled on the weight eating a diet of fast food because it gave me a good feeling when I was finding things tough.

But I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle and get the same feeling from the food I was eating, but it had to be on a budget. So I went around the supermarkets looking for priced-down food, especially fruit and veg - the stuff with all the sticky yellow labels on - and started coming up with lots of different meals and recipes using it."

Dean admits he felt awkward at first: I was embarrassed buying all the marked-down food, but at the end of the day I was doing it for me and food is food, regardless of what price it is. The 45-year-old from Belle Vale, Liverpool, even set up his own Instagram page - 1dsh1 - to share his meal ideas and was spotted by celebrity chef Jamie Olivers team who asked Dean to create meals for a new TV show they were trialling.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Mum sheds 7 stone after feeling embarrassed taking kids to park

At 18 stone 10lbs, Sarah Jones didn't want to leave the house and had started worrying about the impact her weight was having on her health. The busy mum-of-two, from Ellesmere Port, said her diet lacked structure and she fell into the habit of gorging on her kids' leftovers and snacking on bread and biscuits.

But after plucking up the courage to join Slimming World Sarah has slimmed down to 11st 10lbs.

Speaking of her journey to get there, Sarah, 35, told the ECHO: "It was my health, I realised that I needed to be around for my children basically. I had a two year old at the time and I could barely keep up with her at the park. I was constantly out of breath and I thought something's got to change.

"I didn't want to go out, I didn't want to do a lot. Going to the park with the children was a really big deal but I didn't want to do it because I didn't want to be seen at that size. I wanted to do something to make a change. I'd been thinking about joining for a while and just trying to build up the confidence to be able to walk into group and looking back you feel completely different because everyone is so completely lovely when you walk into group."

Since joining her local slimming world group in Ellesmere Port, Sarah said she feels a lot more confident within herself and can still eat things she enjoys by following the food optimising plan.

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Mum, 44, lost weight and 'survived heart attack due to diet change'

Naomi Mottram from Ellesmere Port survived a heart attack after losing five stone in five months. Naomi, 44, was admitted to the Countess of Chester hospital in January this year, with chest pains and brought back to life twice.

She started her weight loss journey at Slimming World in November last year at 23 stone and had already lost two stone before her heart attack. While in hospital she was told she had an undiagnosed heart condition and she said medical staff told her that if she had not lost the weight she could have died.

Speaking to the ECHO she said: "My eating had always been bad I was a big eater and I ate for comfort. It was all junk food and sweets I never thought about what was going into my body.

"When in the hospital the only thing I could think at the time was that I would not be there as a mum for my children, that they would not have a mother, it was very frightening. I never thought something like that could happen at my age."

Since leaving the hospital, Naomi has made a full recovery and has continued to stick to her diet losing a further three stone. Naomi said: "Now I'm eating more fruit and I have my five a day, I eat a lot of protein which fills me up for longer and helps to repair muscle damage I'm just very strict with my diet."

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Woman lost staggering 16st after being 'treated like an animal' by cruel bullies

Clara Barrett, 31, tipped the scales at a whopping 29 stone after gorging on a diet of custard doughnuts, chocolate bars and unhealthy takeaways. She was mercilessly picked on at school by evil bullies who cruelly branded her "fatty", pulled down her trousers and even stabbed her with a compass.

And on one occasion a passenger in a car hurled a takeaway container at her - hitting Clara full in the face leaving her covered in noodles and sauce. But it was following a break-up with her husband that Clara decided to turn her life around and enlisted the help of a personal trainer in 2019.

She has since managed to slim down from a size 36 dress to a svelte size 8 losing more than half her body weight as a result of a exercise and a change of diet. Following her incredible weight loss Clara has been left her with excess loose skin, weighing around 25lbs, which she is now hoping to get surgically removed.

Clara, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, said: "It has been quite a journey. Even at primary school I was a chubby girl. At age 11, I was already 11 stone.

"Throughout school I was teased and called 'fatty' for being larger than my classmates. It got so bad that I turned to comfort eating and slowly but surely, the pounds piled on as the bullying got worse."

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