Weight loss: Woman loses seven stone after taking up walking | Diets | Life & Style

Weight loss can be a difficult journey to start, especially in the new year.

Louise Gibbs, 31, wanted to lose weight herself when she reached a size 22 after three pregnancies.

After having three children, Emily-Grace, 11, Aurora-Rose, five and James, one, she realised she had to change in a bid to fit into a size 14 dress for her son’s christening.

With a diet of chocolate, chips and fried nuggets she struggled to curb her junk-food habits.

She decided to use the New Year as an excuse to lose weight after an indulgent Christmas.

Ms Gibbs explained: “I thought there was no point trying to lose weight over Christmas, what with all the delicious treats.

“I stuffed my face with a huge Christmas dinner, and ate loads. Family bought round loads of chocolates.”

Then in January 2017, she decided to do whatever she could to lose weight and lost a stone and a half by herself.

She still struggled to curb her love of bad food, as she admitted that she couldn’t “pop out to buy a bottle of washing up liquid, without picking up a Picnic chocolate bar”. 

After joining her local Slimming World, in April 2017, she managed to lose more weight with a healthier diet.

It wasn’t until she started taking up walking by pushing her son James in his buggy that she started losing even more weight.

She has since revealed her washboard abs after dropping to a slim size 12, weighing 11 stone and now having a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI).

Ms Gibbs revealed: “I always enjoyed walking, but suddenly, with the buggy in tow, I was walking everywhere – at least 40 minutes a day.

“I’d drop the older two at school, then get going. It really, really helped and I saw the weight fall off.”

Friends and family barely recognise her after losing the weight, with one friend’s husband asking who it was after seeing her.

Even her daughter Aurora-Rose’s classmates commented, with one telling her: “Your mummy looks really different, she has lost lots of weight.”

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