A Scottish secret eater who allegedly gorges on cakes, donuts and crisps in her car before hiding the evidence has changed her life by losing seven stone.
Kirsty Muir tipped the scales at 18lbs and 5lbs and suffered from a painful skin condition that left her with abscesses and scars under her arms.
Doctors told her that losing weight would help her manage hidradenitis suppurativa and improve her overall health.
The 32-year-old, from Alloa, Clackmannanshire, joined her local group Slimming World in January 2019 and embraced the healthy lifestyle with the help of husband David.
Now weighing 11lbs and 5lbs, Kirsty enjoys taking long walks with her two dogs and has even joined a gym – something she never thought would happen.
She said: “If I think back to my life before I joined Slimming World, I was a completely different person.
“When you’re a big girl people assume you’re the biggest personality in the room. That’s not true. I looked confident but deep down inside I was very shy and hiding .
“I also realized that I was a secret eater because after every visit to the supermarket, I would sit in the parking lot and eat all the sweets I wanted, from a few donuts to cakes, sweets, crisps, without let no one know.
“Then I’ll have another treat when I get home. I was constantly cleaning the car, removing any evidence, and it was getting embarrassing.
“I had health issues, I was a size 20, over 18 stone, far too embarrassed to go shopping and hadn’t even had my 30th birthday.
“I knew I had to change, I wanted to become a better version of myself and joining Slimming World was the best decision I ever made.
“I even joined a gym which is amazing to me – it’s something I never thought I could do. I know I wouldn’t be the person I am now without the support I I get by going to the group every week.
“Before I lost weight, I was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, a painful condition that caused abscesses and scars on the skin under my arms.
“I was referred to the hospital and told that if I lose weight it will help manage the problem. Now I have lost 7 stones, the condition is easy to manage, it’s so better and I can’t believe I suffered for so long.
“I went from a size 20 to a size 10 and dress for my age now rather than wearing frumpy clothes to distract attention elsewhere. I also walk a lot more now. I have two dogs and I walk them three times a day.
“Before it would have seemed like a chore, now I like to walk them around and see how far I can go.
“Losing 7st has been life changing and life saving. Since joining Slimming World and losing weight my confidence has increased so much.
“I truly believe that if I hadn’t made the decision to join my local Slimming World group when I did, I would be over 19 stone now with even more health issues.”
Due to their busy lifestyles, Kirsty found that she and her husband relied on store-bought meals that were rarely cooked from scratch.
But now they often eat healthy home-cooked meals filled with vegetables and lean meat.
She explained, “Now I’m never hungry again. I like that I can also have a treat and don’t have to cut everything.
“With my husband David working shifts, all I did for his tea was quick and easy junk food – all the store-bought pizzas, garlic bread and pre-made curries.
“We didn’t make anything out of nothing. Now David and I eat the same main meals, which helps a lot with my weight loss. He also says that since I joined Slimming World he has never felt so full.
“If we eat chicken or fish, we make sure to remove all the skin and fat. Our spice rack is full and we always have boxes of crushed tomatoes at home.
“Our favorite dish is shepherd’s pie and teriyaki salmon – all my life I didn’t think I liked salmon and now I love it.
“When we’re pressed for time, we enjoy the Slimming World range of foods in Iceland and add extra vegetables.”
Kirsty’s story confirms new research from the University of Lincoln that reveals the link between weight loss groups and increased mental toughness.
The study finds that people who are supported to lose weight in a group environment lose more than those who choose to lose weight without support – they may also increase their mental toughness.
The study, which is the first of its kind in the UK, found that in the six months it was undertaken, on average, Slimming World members lost more than twice as much as those in the slimming group. comparison.
Measures of mental toughness increased by 10% among members of the Slimming World group, while the comparison group experienced no statistically significant change in mental toughness.
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