A mother who was eating four takeaways a week has dropped 10st by swapping junk food for healthy home cooked meals.
Hayley Pattison, 32, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, ballooned to 22st 10lbs at a size 26 while spending up to £60 on takeaways per week and consuming 3,000 calories per day.
But after having her daughter, Nelly, now two, Hayley decided she needed to change her unhealthy habits and joined a weight loss group where she shed 6st in just six months.
She has since lost a further 4st through calorie counting, dropping to 11st 11lbs and a slender size ten, while saving nearly £6,000 in two years.
Hayley Pattison, 32, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, ballooned to 22st 10lbs at a size 26 while spending up to £60 on takeaways per week and consuming 3,000 per day. She is pictured on holiday before her dramatic weight loss and with her daughter Nelly, after losing 10st
Hayley has since dropped 10st by swapping junk food for healthy home cooked meals including pasta, stir fry and jacket potato
‘I didn’t want to be that fat mum who couldn’t run around after her child,’ said Hayley.
‘I weighed myself one day and just knew I couldn’t be this weight anymore. I took a photo of myself and thought it was awful, so that’s when I started properly.
‘I was spending up to £60 on four takeaways per week and it was taking its toll on my body as I was easily eating 3000 calories per day.
‘Now I’ll eat only 1,500 a day which is half the amount I used to consume.’
Hayley is pictured before her weight loss taking part in a charity race (left). After losing nearly 11st and dropping eight dress sizes, Hayley explained how no longer struggles to go shopping with her friends
Hayley, pictured shortly after the birth of daughter Nelly, says she was worried about being the ‘fat mum’ who wouldn’t be able to keep up with her tot
Hayley, pictured after her weight loss with daughter Nelly, has since lost a further four stone through calorie counting, dropping to 11st 11lbs
Hayley would eat a bacon sandwich for breakfast, a chicken and bacon sandwich, crisps, sausage roll and a can of Coke for lunch and then a takeaway for dinner.
She added: ‘When I was pregnant I lived off large Dominos pizzas and cookies.
‘Compared to now I will have a protein bar for breakfast with a coffee, a tuna sandwich or cheese on toast for lunch with an apple and then a pasta dish for dinner.
‘If I wasn’t having a takeaway, I’d just cook a frozen pizza or chips, just something quick and easy.
At her largest (left) Hayley would eat a bacon sandwich for breakfast, a chicken and bacon sandwich, crisps, sausage roll and a can of Coke for lunch and then a takeaway for dinner. Right: Hayley is pictured with daughter Nelly after her dramatic weight loss
Hayley, pictured with daughter Nelly after her transformation, now shared weight loss tips online
‘I now just have so much more energy, I don’t even do workouts I just go out walking for exercise. I do a power walk on my days off and go for about five miles.
‘I don’t get out of breath like I used to, I just have so much more energy and I sleep so much better at night.
‘I also used to suffer badly with migraines and headaches and now I don’t get them as bad.
‘Everyone tells me how well I’ve done and how good I look, but I only really started noticing last November, it’s hard because I look in the mirror everyday and it took me a while.’
Hayley’s diet before
Breakfast: Bacon roll
Lunch: Chicken and bacon sandwich, sausage roll, crisps, fizzy drink
Dinner: Chinese takeaway, Indian takeaway, takeaway pizza
Hayley’s diet now
Breakfast: Protein bar and coffee
Lunch: Tuna sandwich, cheese on toast, scrambled eggs
Dinner: Pasta, home made stir fry, jacket potato
After losing nearly 11st and dropping eight dress sizes, Hayley explained how no longer struggles to go shopping with her friends.
Hayley adds: ‘I can now shop in H&M and Zara. I used to dread going shopping with friends and would just do it all online’, she said.
‘At my biggest when I was 29 at 26st, I struggled to find clothes for me.
‘I was always bigger when I was younger, but I got a job at Pizza Hut at 19 and that’s when I started to put on weight.
‘I would take a large pizza home after work and from there it just spiralled out of control until I was 30.
‘I have so many messages from people now telling me I have inspired them to start their weight loss journey and asking me how I did it.
‘Friends also now ask me for nutrition advice and tips.
‘I have started posting my meals and recipes on my Instagram account, and that’s where I get a lot of my meal inspiration from as well.
‘I just watch what I eat now and I could never go back.’
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