A couple has revealed how they lost a combined 18stone without setting foot in the gym by swapping takeout for healthy, home-cooked meals.
Jess Levett, 29, and partner Nick Todd, 40, of Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, met in college and quickly got “comfortable” about overeating — saying that “everything they did” revolved around food.
The couple would double down on their fast food orders, snack on high-calorie treats at the movies, and if they were cooking at home, they’d opt for processed foods like oven chips and pizza.
After discovering she wouldn’t fit in a size 24 dress, Jess decided to join a weight loss group, swapping fast food for healthy meals, and Nick quickly convinced her to sign up with her.
In two years, business owner Jess dropped 7th 10lbs, now weighs 11th, while her partner Nick dropped 10th 3lbs stone, from 26th 9lbs to 16th 6lbs.
Jess Levett, 29, and partner Nick Todd, 40, lost a combined 18 bricks without setting foot in the gym by swapping takeout meals for healthy, home-cooked meals. The couple is pictured before and after their weight loss
After discovering she couldn’t fit in a size 24 dress, Jess wanted to change her eating habits and decided to join a weight loss group. She is pictured after her weight loss
“Nick and I met in college and then we got into the world of overeating,” Jess said. “As the years went by, we became more comfortable with each other and confused about our weight.
“Everything we did revolved around food. Even if we went to the movies, we’d be more likely to have a meal and eat a big box of popcorn while there.
“It’s no surprise that people looked at us when our order came out, because we had double everything – even fries.
“But I decided it was enough if a size 24 dress didn’t fit me. I knew I had to do something about my weight.’
The couple traded their takeout food for healthy food, saying they were able to stick to the diet because they still allowed themselves treats (right). The pair is pictured before their weight loss (left) weighing 26st 9lbs and 18st 10lbs respectively
The couple would double their fast food orders, snack on high-calorie treats at the cinema and if they were cooking at home, they would opt for processed foods such as oven chips and pizza.
Nick, pictured with Jess before their weight loss, was a coach developer for the Rugby Football Union and ‘viewed size as a positive’
In January 2018, Jess started encouraging Nick to join her weight-loss group and he lost the first one in just a week. Pictured LR; Jess and Nick for their weight loss
In January 2018, Jess began encouraging Nick to join her weight-loss group, but admits he had his doubts and assumed it would “never work.”
However, the Rugby Football Union coach developer has dropped a stone in just a week looked back since.
“Being into rugby, I saw size as a positive,” said Nick. ‘But because of work and age I didn’t play as much as I used to.
Jess and Nick’s diet before and after
Jess’s diet before
Breakfast – Thickly sliced fresh bread with strings of butter or sausage rolls, cheese and onion rolls.
Lunch – Sandwich and chips or McDonald’s.
Dinner – Pizza, takeaways, ready meals.
Snacks – Pastry products such as sausage rolls, cakes, cheese twists, chips, chocolate.
Jess’ diet now
Breakfast – Strawberry, raspberry and grapes in fat-free yogurt.
Lunch – Pork pad Thai, paella or pasta with homemade sauce.
Supper – Fakeaways including Chinese noodle dish or Cheeseburger pasta, lasagna.
Snacks– Fruits, lean meats, yogurt, seafood sticks, low sun chips (usually fried), pickled onions, pickles.
Nick’s diet before
Breakfast – Three slices of toast with peanut butter, jam, marmite, cornflakes with semi-skimmed milk
Lunch – Ham cheese coleslaw baguette, meal deal while you are away.
Supper – Pizza and chips; homemade macaroni cheese with lots of cheese, southern fried chicken or takeaways
Snacks – Share bags of chips, candy, nuts, pretzels.
Nick’s diet now
Breakfast – Grapefruit, apple and fat-free yogurt
Lunch – Pork pad Thai, paella, pasta with homemade sauce or a salad with lean meat
Supper – Fakeaways, including curries or Cheeseburger pasta.
Snacks – Fruits, lean meats, yogurt, seafood sticks, pickled onions, pickles.
“My job was to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle by playing rugby. Still, I was not a good advertisement for a healthy lifestyle.
“Slimming World was the olive branch I didn’t know I needed. I didn’t think it would work, so I was shocked when I lost weight so quickly by sticking to their plan.’
The pair used Chinese takeaway or large portions of oven pizza with chips, but started cooking “fake dishes” at home to mimic their favorite fast food meals.
Within 15 months, Nick swapped his 50′ pants for 38′. Jess has dropped seven stones in 18 months and is now a size ten.
Within 15 months, Nick switched his 50′ pants for 38′ and was shocked at how quickly the weight dropped. The rugby coach now makes healthy home-cooked meals instead of relying on takeaways
The couple, pictured together after their weight loss, started cooking ‘fakeaway’ dishes at home to mimic their favorite fast food meals
“I’m proud of what we’ve done,” Jess said. “I lost another 10 pounds and found where I was my most comfortable and manageable weight.
‘We have tackled our problem with food and focused purely on our diet. We’ve run out of exercise so far — Nick’s pretty active at work anyway, but I didn’t hit the gym until I lost seven bricks to tone my body.
‘I used to be tired, but now I’m full of energy. I don’t feel sad about the old me because I’ve come a very long way.
The couple did not set foot in the gym and wanted to focus purely on their diet. Jess added: ‘We have come without practice so far’
Now, two years later, business owner Jess is 7th lighter at 11th and Nick 16th weighs 6lbs. They now fit in an old Nick’s pants
The couple, pictured after their weight loss, say they were happy to have each other to encourage each other on their journey
“Inside I’m the same person, but the confidence I have now is insane. Nick and I couldn’t even stand our restaurant orders now.’
The couple say they were happy to have each other to encourage each other on their journey.
Jess, who shares her journey on her Instagram page florallifestyle_sw, said: “We went to all the groups together every week and supported each other.
“We were allowed to have treats on the diet and we never made the other person feel guilty for enjoying something because he wanted it.
“We prepared a meal together and never judged each other. We were definitely each other’s cheerleaders.”