A Nottinghamshire woman has revealed how she lost four-and-a-half stone in as many months – and says her health has significantly improved.
Sophie Moorcroft, 25, used to wear baggy clothes for comfort and sought the help of a nutritionist in July.
She was ready for a change and has made rapid progress since the summer.
“What did it for me was I had been suffering with my weight for about seven years, it’s been a really long time,” she said.
“Of course before it got me really down, some days I didn’t want to leave the house, I never really wore clothes I wanted to wear.
“I always wore baggy clothes to hide my body.”
Independent living advisor Miss Moorcroft was 18-and-a-half stone and a size 20 clothing size at the time her body transformation programme began in the summer.
“The last time I ran was probably about 10 years ago,” she said.
With the help of Carlton nutritionist John Clarke, Miss Moorcroft, of Gedling, has been exercising regularly and her diet has changed.
“I was on a really strict diet with John and having four meals a day and a lot of exercise,” she said.
“I think to start with I was doing 40 minutes running every morning alongside getting a lot of steps in, about 10,000 steps.
“I was also introduced to a home workout plan to do four times a week.
“It was really intense – from not doing any exercise at all to then all of a sudden doing all this exercise, it was really hard to start with.
“But obviously four months on it’s got a lot easier and I really enjoy running now – it’s one of my hobbies.”
During the last four months, her regime has been changed to continue the weight loss.
She now runs for an hour and 10 minutes each morning and provided an insight into how her diet has become leaner.
Miss Moorcroft said: “Before I started with John, I was always having carbohydrates, every meal I would either have rice, pasta or potatoes.
“Now I’m limited to only having carbohydrates three times a week.
“With every meal, lunch and dinner, it’s either with salad or vegetables and then either meat or fish with that.
“And fruit and yoghurt in the morning.”
She is now feeling better, physically and mentally.
Miss Moorcroft, who has polycystic ovaries syndrome, had not had a period in 10 years.
But she said: “I’m having regular periods now, I’m hoping that now there’s more of a chance of me getting pregnant when I’m ready to.
“It’s made me a lot happier knowing that my body is getting back to normal, how it should be really.”
She now weighs 14 stone and is a size 14 clothing size.
In the remaining two months of her programme with Mr Clarke, she hopes to lose another two stone.
Her partner Luke Whitehead, 30, also said he’d noticed a big difference.
“It’s incredible what she has done,” said the mechanic.
“She’s a lot happier, she’s more confident with the things that she does.
“She will go to the gym on her own, she would not have done that before. I’m just proud of her.”
Mr Clarke, 41, said: “Her confidence was low when she came to me, I could just tell, just the feeling I was getting and the way she was talking.
“It’s amazing because she was a person of very few words when she joined – not in the background – but she would just check in on the check-in days. She’s just glowing, her confidence is growing, you can just see she is so much more happier and just enjoying life.”
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