A teacher of size 22, who secretly threw a twink in ice trays and family bags of crisps, after work snacks, is now almost unrecognizable after shedding eight stones.
Great from childhood, Allison Forrest, 33, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, said her diet went from bad to worse when she started working, and would reach out to high-calorie treats as a quick fix after long, demanding days.
After a relatively healthy breakfast and lunch, she would swallow ice, crisps and sausage and bacon strips in the evening, eventually hit 17th 13lb and be so embarrassed by her overeating that she had evidence from her husband Jordan, 38 , a mechanic hid engineer.
Then, in the fall of 2017, a casual comment from a nurse about the weight loss and wellness plan WW, during a routine check for her asthma, inspired Allison to change her way of doing things.
She continued to slim down to a 9th 13lb size 10 in just over a year.
Allison reached a weight of 17th 13 pounds after homesickness led her to binging on junk food. She managed to dump the poor diet, and slimmer to weigh just 9th 13 pounds in a year
Allison, who says she is & # 39; better than ever & # 39; feels, stated: & # 39; Many of my problems stem from stress overeating. That, and taking the habit of dangling after work.
& # 39; I would go home and eat a pint of Ben & Jerry & # 39; s ice cream or a bag of crisps from a family with a dip. Then I would hide all the wrappers from Jordan, because I was ashamed to eat so much.
& # 39; Now I feel really good. I have much more energy and confidence. & # 39;
Allison, originally from Michigan, but moved to the UK in 2010 after meeting Jordan online, told how she fought with her for most of her life.
In just over a year, Allison managed to lose 9 stones and swapped her unhealthy junk food diet for salads and home-made meals
Being overweight at school saw her being bullied by classmates, who would call her cruel.
Over the years she tried different diets and healthy eating plans and, while she could shift some weight here and there, she got it back quickly.
Still, determined to make something of herself, she studied hard and ended up at a college place – although her unplanned eating habits began to spiral in her student years.
She remembered: & # 39; I would always go out to dinner with friends. My diet became much worse when I was a student. & # 39;
The teacher had tried different diets over the years, but struggled to find one that would stay. At her heaviest she weighed more than 17 stones (photo)
Although her university was in the US, she spent part of her time studying in London.
She continued: & # 39; I met Jordan online just before I transferred. I wanted to get to know some people, so I would have a friendly face in a new city – and I've always loved British guys.
& # 39; I was more or less at my heaviest weight when I met him. & # 39;
Over time, Allison moved permanently to the UK to be with Jordan – but homesickness made her feel more comfortable.
Allison, pictured here for her weight loss, suffered from homesickness that had moved from the US to the UK, making her eat more and more
When she started working, an unhealthy cycle of binge eating really started.
While breakfast would be a nutritious bowl of porridge and she would eat the school lunch of the day alongside the children she taught, it was after work that she struck.
After hiding the evidence of her junk food parties, she would then enjoy a hearty meal with Jordan at home.
She admits that she did not like to buy clothes and noticed that she had all kinds of back complaints and also asthma symptoms, which got worse as she got heavier
& # 39; I have no idea how many calories it all ultimately produced & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; If I had to guess, I'd say about 4,000 a day, when the NHS recommends about 2,000 for a woman.
& # 39; It came to the point where my confidence was really badly compromised. I'd hate to buy clothes because it reminded me that nothing fit, so I wore the same pair of outfits that were recycled time and time again.
& # 39; I also had all kinds of health problems. I got terrible back and joint pain, which could last for months on end, and struggled with asthma symptoms, which got worse as I got heavier. & # 39;
Fortunately, everything changed for Allison in the fall of 2017, when an asthmatic check-up proposed a unemployment benefit for the first time.
She felt slow and self-aware and knew that it was her chance to change her life, so in January 2018 she joined her local club as a New Year's resolution.
Allison dropped an incredible eight stones in just over a year and is now making healthy swaps by preparing her favorite fast food meals at home (photos & # 39; s after losing weight)
She remembered: & # 39; I felt nervous about going to that first meeting. I hadn't weighed myself for a while, so I didn't know exactly how heavy I was, but I kept reminding myself that I had to start somewhere.
& # 39; I think WW worked where other plans didn't because their SmartPoints system makes it so easy to keep track of what you eat. I can follow all my meals – even when I eat out – and plan to give myself a treat. & # 39;
These days the Allison diet is completely different.
Now she gets a protein shake for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and a healthy home-cooked meal for dinner.
Now the teacher, who has a new found confidence after her weight loss, intends to run 5 km, as well as practice weight training and yoga
She explained: & # 39; I've always loved cooking, but I now know how important it is to make those healthy swaps.
& # 39; For example, I recently had a chicken and mushroom pie, but instead of cakes I made it with cauliflower and lentils. & # 39;
With the help of the unemployment insurance app, Allison also started to practice more.
In anticipation of WW & 5 39; 5 km My Way challenge, a national event that takes place on the weekend of 8-9 June, where the WW community and the general public are invited to complete 5 km, regardless of the time that they like it and in any way, she added: & i'm not going to the gym, i'm just using the app.
Allison admits that sometimes she still has her out, but would like to focus on & # 39; push & # 39; and come back to it
& # 39; I started running, and now I go four to five times a week, as well as strength training and yoga. & # 39;
With her target weight, Allison now feels brilliant and hopes that by sharing her story she will inspire others who struggle with their body image.
She concluded: & # 39; For someone else who is trying to lose weight, I would say it is good if you fall off the car – we all have our days off – but it is all about pushing and re-taking yourself .
& # 39; The best advice I can give is to record it every day. & # 39;
Allison & # 39; s diet for weight loss
Lunch: Meal from the school canteen
Dinner: Ice cream, chips and sausage and bacon butties
Allison & # 39; s diet after weight loss
Breakfast: Protein shake
Dinner: Homemade meal with healthy alternatives
If you are inspired by the story of Allison, then start your own wellness journey by downloading the WW app. For more information, visit www.weightwatchers.com/uk/
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