A mum who was dreading wearing her wedding dress on her big day is unrecognisable after a stunning weight loss transformation.
Katy Toft, 40, from Newton-le-Willows on Merseyside, tipped the scales at 16st 7lbs at her heaviest.
The mum gorged McDonald’s meals on the school run and snacks of crisps, chocolate and biscuits.
But determined to lose weight in time for her wedding following the birth of her fourth child, Katy signed up to a diet plan.
After starting the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, she lost an incredible three stone within just three months of starting it back in October 2019, and went on to lose another stone during lockdown in time for her birthday in June.
This takes her weight loss to four stone in total after she slimmed down to 12st 7lb and went from a size 20/22 to a size 12/14.
Katy said she now feels “healthy, happy and content” and she was able to enjoy her big day in October 2020 with husband Martyn at St Peters Church.
Katy said: “I’d just had my fourth baby and I was dreading the thought of walking down the aisle feeling uncomfortable about myself in front of all my friends and family.
“I felt really unhealthy, I couldn’t walk upstairs without getting out of breath.
“I couldn’t keep up with my children and I didn’t want to be a bad example for them.
“Because it went on through Covid crisis it was massively for health reasons, because when your BMI is really high you are at risk of all types of illnesses like type two diabetes and heart problems.”
Katy said she had previously lost some weight after giving birth to her third child but after splitting up from her partner and getting into a new relationship, “everything snow balled.”
Katy said: “It was convenience – I was eating fast food and portions that were too big. I wouldn’t just have two slices of toast I would have four slices of toast.”
“We live really close to a McDonald’s and we would nip into that on the school run.
“If someone asked for a biscuit I would have a biscuit. I’ve got four children and two step children. If six children are coming up to me saying ‘I want a biscuit’ I had six biscuits.”
Eight months after the birth of her fourth child after she had stopped breast feeding, Katy signed up to the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.
She started the diet on an intake of 800 calories a day, swapping three meals with meal replacements provided by the plan.
Katy said: “The lowest calorie intake is 600 calories depending on your BMI. I started on 800 calories.
“It was full meal replacements that are nutritionally balanced with every single thing you need in a day. You have shakes, soups, for breakfast you have porridge and you have other meal replacements.
“It’s massively motivating when you see the results coming quickly as well.
“I lost three stone in three months then I hit a bit of a brick wall with the pandemic. Then I lost another stone before my 40th birthday.”
Katy said the thing she’s enjoyed most about the plan is the one to one support she has received from consultants and she has since signed up to become a consultant herself to inspire others with their weight loss.
“I wanted to feel like the best version of myself. I don’t feel self conscious when I go clothes shopping anymore and I don’t struggle to tie my shoe laces. I used to get out of breath tying my shoe laces – things as ridiculous as that,” Katy added.
“I don’t feel like that now – I’m healthy, happy and content.
“We had to bring our wedding day forward because of the next lockdown. When I took back on pictures I know the smiles are genuine – I just couldn’t believe it was me.
“Everything had was such a whirlwind any way but everything was worth it in that moment, when I put on my wedding dress and walked down the stairs and saw my family’s faces.”
The national lockdown in England is expected to last until mid-February at the earliest and Katy said the next six weeks are the perfect time for people to lose weight if they want to.
She added: I just want everyone to feel what it feels like to step into that size 12 dress and just feel amazing.
“It’s not all about looks, it’s about how it makes you feel. You feel like you can conquer the world – I want everyone to feel like that.
“The amount of times people say to consultants like myself ‘if only I didn’t have any social events or have to go out at the weekend.’ We’ve not got all of that now, we’ve got rid of every distraction.
“If we can make the most of the time we’ve got in lockdown especially you could make a real good go of whatever goals you want to set for yourself.”