Woman turns her life around to lose a whopping 8st after diabetes scare and reveals the diet that helped her do it

Humiliated, she ran home in tears and binged on chocolate and biscuits until she felt sick.

The jibes continued — and so did her secret comfort-eating. By 16, she weighed 19st 2lb and wore a size 24.

But one night, while eating ice cream in front of the TV, she saw a documentary about diabetes.

Lauren realised her diet was even worse than the people in the documentary — and she was eating her way to an early grave.

The next day, she threw away her stash of junk food, vowing to stick to three healthy meals a day.

Six years on, she has lost more than 8st, wears a size ten and has a job she never expected to want.

Lauren, 22, from Glasgow, says: “If someone had told me when I was stuffing my face with biscuits I’d be a size-ten personal trainer in a few years, I’d have laughed in their face.

Lauren's diet before

BREAKFAST: Toast with jam, bowl of cornflakes
SNACK: Four Penguin biscuits
LUNCH: Buttered ham baguette with cheese cubes and crisps
SNACK: Half-pack of custard creams (16 biscuits)
DINNER: Chinese takeaway – sweet and sour chicken, chips, fried rice, prawn crackers
SNACK: Chocolate or yoghurt
DRINKS: Pepsi, semi-skimmed milk

“I hated exercise, had the worst diet of anyone I knew and was terrified of walking down the street, let alone standing at the front of a gym class. But everything changed when I heard those doctors telling these overweight diabetics their diets were killing them.

“All I could think was, ‘My diet is 100 times worse — I need to do something or I’m going to die’.”

The change wasn’t easy. Lauren says: “My family still ate takeaways — sometimes four a week — and I craved sugary snacks, especially when I felt low. But the minute I threw the snacks all away, I noticed a huge difference. The weight dropped off and I felt incredible.”

Lauren says she was always “the chubby kid at school”, adding: “I hated PE so much, I forged sick notes to get out of class. My size made me a target for bullies and I’d often leave in tears.”

Lauren ate secretly in her bedroom, away from mum Sharon, dad Jerry and sister Joanna, now 26.

She says: “My family weren’t aware of how much I was eating. I did it in private but our food choices as a family weren’t the best.


Lauren's diet after

BREAKFAST: Bowl of porridge with a square of dark chocolate melted on the top

LUNCH: Eggs on toast

SNACK: Apple

DINNER: Turkey mince with rice

“When I listened to the doctors on TV (in December 2012) it terrified me. I knew I had to change. Even when I was screaming for sugar, I refused to give in.

“Six months later, I had the confidence to start exercising to get healthier even quicker.” By the year’s end, Lauren weighed 11st and was getting compliments on her figure.

She says: “After years of abuse, it was incredible to hear. At uni I began weight-training, which transformed my body even more. Friends cooked healthy meals for me.”

After completing an interior design degree in 2016, Lauren realised fitness was her passion and she completed a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. Now 10st 12lb, she works at JD Gym in Glasgow.

Lauren says: “The transformation isn’t just physical. When I was younger, I wasn’t very confident. Now I love going out, meeting interesting people and showing off my figure.

“As a personal trainer, I focus on helping people build their confidence so they’re not just healthy but happy with who they are.

“I wish someone had helped me when I was sat in my room alone, crying into the custard creams.”

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