SUPER slimmer Alison Purvis-Gisborne shed nine stone - because she was embarrassed to teach students about the human body while weighing 20st.
The 36-year-old a sports physiology lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University has been named the Rosemary Conley Online Slimmer of the Year after dropping from 20st to just under 11.
Alison, from Dronfield, was honoured for her successful weight loss in the health and fitness guru’s annual slimming awards.
She said she finally decided to take action because of frighteningly high blood pressure.
“Weighing 20 stone and lecturing others on how the human body responds to exercise made me feel embarrassed,” said Alison.
“I was horrified to discover how high my blood pressure was and realised I had to change to protect my health before it was too late.
“That early grave seemed a whole lot closer but I was given the chance to reduce it through weight loss rather than medication.
“I’ve had problems with my weight since I was a teenager but in the past five years it really started to pile on.”
A love of ice cream, chocolate biscuits and pizza caused her weight to rocket.
Alison used to wear a dress size 24 but now wears a dress size 12.
Within the first month of joining Rosemary Conley’s internet slimming club, Alison shed 1st 4lb.
She now trains five times a week and has signed up for the London Marathon.
“If I was struggling I’d post on the website’s forum and have live chats with other slimmers,” she added.
“There was also a weight loss and exercise coach, as well as a customer care manager online. It was because of this support system and my determination that I lost weight every single week.
“My blood pressure is now at a healthy level but the biggest reward is knowing I now practise what I preach to my students, who now tell me how fantastic I look.”
Alison and other winners from around the country were presented with awards and £1,000 in cash from Rosemary Conley at a ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel.