A cookery teacher who used to sob in changing rooms as she tried to squeeze into size 16 clothes has dropped four stone and five dress sizes.
Buying clothes was a ‘nightmare’ for 29-year-old Charlotte Hall, of Foxhill, Sheffield, who stopped weighing herself when she went over 12st.
Charlotte, who now weighs 8st 10lbs and is a size six, said: “I feel like a different person. You sort of shed your skin a bit like a caterpillar.”
The Sheffield Hallam graduate experienced ‘quite a few knock downs’ in the process.
After learning she was at the upper weight limit for bungee jumping on a trip to New Zealand, Charlotte resolved to slim down once she returned home.
She would go on diets, lose weight and then devour food after being so hungry from depriving herself.
Charlotte said: “After years of binge eating and fad diets I knew that something drastically needed to change. I was either going to end up morbidly obese or with an eating disorder.”
She joined Slimming World and now runs her own local group. She also inspires around 5,000 followers on Facebook with her recipes.
She has more confidence and said people now treat her with more respect.
For others who are struggling with their weight, Charlotte said: “Don’t give up. There is help out there.
“You don’t have to give up your favourite food. I can still socialise and eat cake, I just don’t eat the whole cake.”