A 25 year-old woman from South Australia has opened up about how she was able to completely overhaul her diet and relationship with food to lose an incredible 50kg.
Charlotte Snelgrove, a registered nurse from South Australia, weighed 117kg at her heaviest, revealing her bad eating habits started from when she was young.
"My habits started as a child," Charlotte tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "Coming home [from school] and eating chips, lollies, chocolate.
"I remember hiding food from my parents and eating them in my room. That led to bad habits and addiction to poor choices as I grew older."
Having struggled with her weight for most of her life, Charlotte says the ’turning point’ for her was when she had to weigh herself before having an operation in January 2017.
"I was going to have my tonsils taken out and I had to weigh myself during pre-op. I couldn’t believe what I saw on the scales - it shocked me," she remembers.
"I was embarrassed and angry that I had let myself get to 117kg. Something had to change as I couldn’t fathom seeing that number again."
Wanting to work on her relationship with food, Charlotte decided to turn to Lite n’ Easy as a means to get her life back on track.
"I had family members that had done Lite n' Easy and had great results," she tells us. "When I moved out of home for the first time it seemed perfect for convenience and my weight loss goals."
At first, the dramatic calorie drop was tough as she was used to 3,000+ calories a day. Whereas the much more realistic 1,500 calorie plan allowed Charlotte to control her portions and ultimately lose 50kgs.
"Overall it took me 2.5 years to lose 50kg," she says.
"I had my cheat days and some weeks for weight loss were better than others, but overall I’m happy with the way I did it, I made it sustainable and a life long choice."
She says the biggest thing she learned was not completely cutting out things she loved to eat.
"Not depriving yourself from the pasta and the cakes," she adds. "That’s what was so perfect.
"Then you don’t feel like you’re missing out. You don’t realise how high in calories foods are until you research it and have a limit of how many calories you can have a day.
"At the end of the day a diet can be enjoyed if it’s done the right way, in moderation."
Charlotte also says she didn't do any excessive exercising during her weight loss journey. As a nurse she found most days she was already "running around like a headless chook".
All she added was a few 5km walks a week and the weight dropped off. Now she's a comfortable and happy 67kg.
"Since losing the weight, my life has changed in every way possible," she says. "I’m 100 per cent more confident, I feel healthier, happier and even found love."
When it comes to what advice she would give anyone else thinking about embarking on a healthier lifestyle, she says you "have to really want to do it for yourself, not for anyone else".
"You have to find the right lifestyle for you that doesn’t deprive you from everything, which ultimately leads to failure," she says, also stressing that patience is key.
"Be kind to yourself, it doesn’t happen overnight, but like most things in life, the best things take time.
"Some days are going to be hard, but I promise the good days make it all worth while. You don’t realise how much of an impact losing weight and changing your lifestyle has on you until you’re at the end.
"I still look in the mirror and don’t recognise myself sometimes, it's all worth it for that feeling, life is all about growth and bettering yourself. Waking up is exciting when you truly have self love."
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