Jane Perry, a 53-year old office manager from Birmingham, lost 4st with the Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club*. After tragically losing her parents, Jane stood up and took action to ensure she wasn’t next. Now, not only has she lost weight, but her husband and the entire family are enjoying the delicious meals. Read her weight loss story…

It was a tragic loss that made Jane realise she needed to regain control of her weight and make healthier life choices. Jane reveals, “I lost both my parents in the last five years and it suddenly dawned on me that I could be next if I didn’t do something about my weight!”

And so her jouney began with the Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club, however because Jane could continue to eat real food, which was filling and tasty, she actually says she didn’t feel like she was on a limiting diet anyway.

“The menu plans are not ‘diet’ food; it’s just delicious food with fewer calories in it. I’ve not struggled and I’ve never felt hungry. Plus the rest of the family absolutely love all the tasty food I’m cooking. My husband has lost about a stone too, which makes it even better.”

Losing the weight has had a huge effect on Jane both physically and emotionally. “I am a much happier person with more energy than I ever had before. I love shopping for new clothes in normal-sized shops now and I don’t feel tired all the time. I used to avoid mirrors, but now I enjoy seeing the new me.”

It has also helped Jane come out of her shell at work. “My confidence has doubled, if not trebled over the last year. I used to be quite shy at work and rarely contributed in meetings, but now they struggle to shut me up. I seem to have got this extra energy and confidence from being a slimmer person.”

The Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club online community has been hugely important for Jane on her weight loss journey.

“The forum is an essential part of the weight loss programme. You’re with like-minded people. You’re congratulating them, you’re commiserating with them. You would be lost without them. They are like an extra part of your family.”

Her family played a huge part in helping Jane lose weight and keep it off. “My motivation to lose weight, aside from the health benefits, is being able to keep up with my little grandson. The thought I’ll be able to run around after him when he’s a little bit older keeps me motivated to keep the weight off.”

It was not until she lost the 4st that she realised how unhealthy she had been before. “I always thought I was a healthy person before, but realised I only am now. I don’t sit around at home doing nothing now, I’m always active and out and about. I just feel like a different person. To be honest with you, joining the Club is one of the greatest things I have ever done!”

To be honest with you, joining the Club is one of the greatest things I have ever done!”

Since the weight loss, Jane admits she has been able to run for the first time in years. “I actually ran to get out of the rain the other day. Before, I would have simply just let myself get wet and endured it.”

Top food swaps

  • I use spray olive oil for everything. One calorie per shot and works just as well as the real thing.
  • Extra Extra Light Mayonnaise is just as tasty as the full fat version with generally less than 20 calories per spoonful.

Tips for starting your weight loss journey

  • Set yourself a start date and prepare for it.
  • Remove anything that is likely to tempt you for the first month or so.
  • Try to cook as much as possible using fresh ingredients. There are so many hidden calories/salts/fats in processed food.
  • Avoid alcohol until you are settled into your plan.
  • Don’t deny yourself something you love.  It’s all about portion control.

How to stay motivated

  • Make sure you keep your food diary up to date. Even if you eat more than your daily allowance, add it in and you will soon spot a pattern.

Facing challenges

  • If you can, walk away from anything that is likely to upset you.
  • Negative people are generally unhappy people. Surround yourself with happy people

*Results May Vary: Causes for being overweight or obese vary from person to person. Whether genetic or environmental, it should be noted that food intake, rates of metabolism and levels of exercise and physical exertion vary from person to person. This means weight loss results will also vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.

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