Obese woman who scoffed 6,000 calories a day unrecognisable after shedding 15 stone
A super slimmer who used to scoff 6,000 calories a DAY is unrecognisable after shedding 15 stone.
Arlene Boyce, 39, from Perth, Scotland, ballooned to a whopping 26 stone after gorging on Double Deckers, Toffee Crisps, and multipack bags of crisps.
The mum-of-two would scoff six packets of crisps, six chocolate bars, and six rounds of toast in one sitting as a SNACK – inbetween her large meals.
But after seeing an unflattering holiday photograph in 2013 she knew she had to swap her unhealthy diet for home-cooked meals and fruit.
She has now reached her target weight of just over 11 stone as well as dropping from a bulging size 28 to a svelte size 10.
Arlene, who has recently became a Weight Watchers instructor, said: “I didn’t realise I was eating as much as I was at the time because it just felt normal, but now I realise that it was horrendously too much.
“I was snacking on a lot of multiple packets of crisps and chocolate bars, then was having massive portion sizes too – it’s horrifying to think I was consuming more than 6,000 calories a day.
“I was absolutely mortified after finding out I weighed 26st 1lb, I didn’t realise I was so heavy because I hadn’t dared to stand on a set of scales in a long time.
“One of the big turning points for me was the picture on holiday, I saw how overweight I was and got really angry with myself for letting my weight get to such a bad point.
“My stomach was huge, I looked like I was pregnant and was in maternity-wear, I was absolutely disgusted that I got to that point.
“I was so large I’d always worry that car seat-belts wouldn’t fasten around me.
“Even climbing up the stairs would leave me out of breath, I had to walk to slowly upstairs that a lot of elderly people would race past me.
“I couldn’t even order anything in normal shops and had to go online to the specialist extra-large catalogues.
“When I first started Weight Watchers I thought I’d starve to death, but I can eating the things I like and still feel full.
“When people hear I’ve lost 15 stone they are always shocked, they tell that’s the amount of weight I’ve lost is how heavy their husbands are.
“Even people who have known me all of my life don’t recognise me in the street because I’ve lost so much weight – it’s really quite funny at times.
“They’re all so shocked by how great I look now and can’t believe I’m the same woman.
“Now I want to share my success by helping others to change their lives too and have a completely new lease of life.”
Arlene struggled with her weight since the age of 12, when she was bullied by schoolmates and comfort ate.
But after becoming a single parent-of-two, in 2006, her weight gain spiralled out of control with her shooting up to a size 28.
Arlene said: “Comfort eating was always a problem for me, even when I was a child I would lock myself away and eat more and more.
“I was absolutely disgusted with how large I had become and had convinced myself I would never be slim.”
But in July 2013, after spotting an unflattering picture of herself from a family holiday she decided she would try to build confidence through losing weight.
She enrolled onto her local weight watchers programme and after losing 7lb in her week, she had the courage to continue dieting.
Arlene said:”Within nine weeks I’d already lost 10 per cent of my weight loss goal, every time I hit a mini milestone I would have a celebratory picture from my group which made me feel incredible.
“Each time I’d have a picture taken I’d barely recognise myself, it was incredible.”
She hit her target weight of 11st 6lb last year and now has celebrated by opening up her own Weight Watchers group to help others.
Gill Sievwright, 47, who ran the group that Arlene attended, said: “I’m very proud of her she lost all 205lbs in two years – she’s lost more than her body weight now.
“I was always very impressed by her determination, she was so driven and has always been looking to her next target weight.
“It takes a lot of bravery to lose that much, it’s truly a lifesaving amount of weight to shed and I know Arlene is living a much happier and healthier lifestyle now.
“She’s a completely transformed woman now, when Arlene hit her target weight loss goal it was a very emotional moment, I totally admire what she has achieved.”