Dr Sara explains how being cold could help with weight loss

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Demi explained: “I’ve always suffered with my weight and used food for comfort. Eating made me feel good but then afterwards I’d feel terrible so would eat again. It was a vicious circle and I could see that I was never going to get out of it.”

She continued: “I felt like I was the chunky one in my friendship group and I just didn’t want to socialise anymore.

“I used to do a lot of personal training and I had managed to lose quite a bit of weight but when I had my kids in December 2015 I was constantly tired and couldn’t fit my PT sessions into my new busy life.

“I really needed something to help me as my portion sizes were also getting very out of hand.

“After the babies, I was 14 stone and just didn’t feel confident.

“My PT sessions were the only things that had ever worked for me but I just didn’t have the time.

“I was living on Lucozade because I had no energy and was just getting bigger.”

Demi decided to get a gastric band at Transform Hospital Group as she wanted something long term and it sounded like the right option for her.

She explained: “My mind was made up and I just decided to go for it. I was a bit nervous on the day of the operation but was excited too.”

After two weeks of recovery, she had to move from a liquid diet to soft foods.

But how has she maintained her weight ever since?

Demi changed her lifestyle and decided to stick to a balanced and healthy diet plan switching the unhealthy foods for healthier options: “I had to change my whole mindset around food which was hard.

“There are some things I no longer have like chips and bread because I don’t feel well after eating them but you’ve got to try these things to know what you can and can’t eat. Instead, I’ll substitute them for something like crackers or if I’m going out for a meal I’ll have a steak and garlic mushrooms.”

Demi admitted her life has drastically changed.

“I felt so insecure before. I never used to show my arms but now I wouldn’t think twice about wearing a vest top and I’ll wear a swimming costume on holiday.

“I now feel so much more confident. When I used to go to the gym I used to feel like the black sheep as I couldn’t do much.

“It’s also great to be healthier for the girls and because I’m making all our meals from scratch it’s better for them too.

“I’m so much happier and feel like a completely different person and my friends and family notice the difference in me too. This really has changed my life.”

Demi’s Diet before: 

Breakfast: Full English: sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, toast or a big bowl of cereal

Lunch: Sandwich, crisps, chocolate

Dinner: Pizza and chips (mainly takeaways and never ate vegetables)

Demi’s diet now: 

Breakfast: Greek yoghurt and granola (or just a coffee if not hungry)

Lunch: Tuna salad

Dinner: Grilled chicken with vegetables or a salad or homemade spaghetti bol

Demi also has two snacks a day with a combined total of under 200 calories.

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