A junk food addict who was so obese she went blind is looking forward to a healthier future after losing half her body weight.
Emily Chappell, 34, made secret trips to McDonald’s during which she tipped the scales at 19.5 pounds at her peak weight.
“I was definitely a secret eater,” she said, “I would eat the whole bag of a Sharer bag of chips and throw the packet away so no one would notice.”
It wasn’t until Emily lost her eyesight that she took her weight seriously.
“Losing my vision in one eye while taking my children to school was a turning point for me. I was absolutely terrified,” she said.
Emily suffered from hypertensive retinopathy, a vision disorder that occurs as a result of high blood pressure, also known as high blood pressure.
This happens when a lack of blood flow to the retina leads to blurred vision or complete loss of vision.
After Emily went to the doctor, she discovered her blood pressure was “through the roof.”
She said: “All the consultants said the same thing: that my weight was dramatically affecting my health.”
“I knew right away that I had to take matters into my own hands immediately because I was so afraid that the unthinkable would happen to me.”
So in December 2021, Emily decided to throw herself into the deep end in the run-up to Christmas and start celebrating Christmas 1:1 diet from Cambridge Weight Plan.
The diet involves consuming a combination of pre-prepared meals, soups and shakes, the calorie content of which varies depending on your weight loss plan and goals.
By Easter, Emily had lost 15 pounds and all of her health problems, particularly type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, were cured.
And now that she weighs a healthy 8 pounds, she feels more confident than ever and can finally create memories with her children.
She said: “I never knew I could look like that. When I see pictures of myself now, I can’t believe it’s me.”
“I went from buying a size 24 to a size 10 – a size I never thought I would fit into.”
Despite giving up Maccy’s, Emily’s new diet still allows her to indulge in some of her favorite foods, including a curry.
She added: “I feel better than ever and I’m so glad my children were able to see me making health choices and making this transformation.”
Emily’s new diet plan
After losing 7th place, Emily now follows this diet plan to maintain her weight:
Breakfast: diet shake
Lunch: 200 calorie meal – homemade chicken salad/omelet / 1:1 diet step-up meal, chili and wedges
Dinner: 400 calorie meal – stir fry/pizza/curry wrap
Snacks: 1:1 diet fruit and nut bars