A family that has united to fight the flab has lost a combined eight stone — equivalent in weight of that of a 14-year-old.
The Moore family is delighted with progress and say they are already feeling the benefits of shedding the extra pounds.
“I have so much more energy and when I could go shopping to buy a pair of bootleg jeans in a regular shop like Next, it was great. I felt like a ‘normal’ person,” said Amanda, 26, who is a primary school teacher and has lost nearly two stone.
Her mum Deirdre, 50, has lost just under three stone.
“I realised that the way food is cooked is so important. I still get to enjoy my burger and chips but we make it ourselves. The chips are homemade from fresh potatoes and the burgers are made with lean mince. I don’t feel like I am missing out,” said the mum-of-four.
Deirdre has lost the weight while also looking after the family specialised hanging-basket business Nature’s Décor in Lusk, north county Dublin.
She also looks after her husband Peter, 55, who is waiting for a kidney transplant and who does dialysis at home four times a week.
Deirdre and Amanda were the first in the family to lose weight when they joined Slimming World in Lusk in June. After the first week they were convinced it would work for them.
“I was so full and I was still losing weight. It is a lifestyle change that I really think is sustainable and when I reach my target weight I believe I will keep at that weight,” said Deirdre.
She also revealed the weight loss is helping her struggle with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.
“My doctor said for every one stone in weight I lose that it is the same as two stone off for my knees and hips and I feel better.”
So good was the progress, other family members Gina, 24, and Cathal, 22, have joined in.
“When I saw how well my mam and sisters were doing and that they were still eating lots of food I decided to give it a go.
The fact that I can still have my jellies and not feel guilty is a big bonus. I was a bit nervous going because I a am a man but I can reassure any men that want to lose weight it’s a great thing to do,” said Cathal, who is a farmer.
Gina finds the diet suits her lifestyle too.
“I can still enjoy big celebrations and still lose weight.”
Crucially the family is able to all eat the same dinner every night and “it is a big plate of good tasting food that leaves us full and we don’t feel guilty about what we have eaten”, Deirdre said.
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