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Case Study: Laura's story

Nutracheck weight loss: 5 stone

Laura Sellick had been on a number of different diets for years before she joined Nutracheck. Now, two years on, she has lost a staggering 5 stone!

What made you decide to join Nutracheck?

I'd tried other diets with some success, but then put the weight back on. When I looked at the Christmas 2008 photos, I realised I'd gone back to old habits and let it go. I was struggling to be motivated and felt I didn't have any willpower. I was at my largest and not getting any smaller.

I decided to follow a very low calorie diet as a temporary kickstart after checking with my doctor. It consisted of shakes, soups, loads of water and absolutely no food. I lost 15lbs in my first two weeks and it gave me the motivation to carry on. I stuck to it for two months and lost around 2.5 - 3 stone. I knew I couldn't carry it on long term, so I turned to Nutracheck. I lost steadily over the year right through to Christmas 2009.

Whilst I wouldn't recommend the very low calorie diet to everyone, it was the kickstart I needed to get me out of a rut. Being deprived food altogether actually made me crave healthy food and appreciate it more.

Since then I haven't looked back. There have been times when it's been difficult, but I get back on track and keep going. I'm now looking forward to being another stone lighter this Christmas than I was last year.

What's been the key to your dieting success?

I appreciate food a great deal more and realise what damage I was doing to myself by being overweight. When I'm finding it tough, I recall what I used to feel like being overweight and how much better I feel now. I can walk into a shop and pick up what I want without even having to try it on or squeeze into it hoping that it'll fit.

What are your top three pieces of advice for other dieters?

  1. You need to do it for yourself. It doesn't matter how many people tell you that you need to lose weight, you've got to want to do it.
  2. Keep at it. It may seem difficult at times - sometimes I don't lose weight for weeks, but then suddenly it'll come off and start working again.
  3. Exercise. I used to hate it, but I joined my local leisure centre that has a pool and gym. At first I just did Aquafit sessions. Now, I vary what I do otherwise I get bored and give up.

Also, there are no excuses! It's up to us to make that change and want to lose weight. There's always something in the way of losing weight and becoming healthy, and we use these as an excuse not to do it. You will always find an excuse, but it's how we deal with it that matters.

Make the decision to lose weight and keep going. Keep your goal in mind, no matter how long it takes to get there.

How have you made the diet fit into your lifestyle?

It's my lifestyle now. I adapt what I do around my diet. I still eat out, but not as often as I used to. When I do eat out (for special occasions in particular), I just make the most healthy choices I can. I stick to my planned exercise evenings and make sure I go each time. My Mum or a friend come along too which keeps me motivated and makes me go!

Have there been any success milestones?

My holidays! We take thousands of photos each holiday and each time I find I look smaller. We tend to take two main holidays each year and a few short breaks which motivates me to keep the weight off. This year, it was great to be able to dress up and fit into a fitted dress without trying to cover up.

How do you feel now compared to before you started the plan?

Fantastic. I'm more confident, healthy and motivated. I did a 7 mile Walk in July this year and was able to power walk up a very steep hill leading our party and actually didn't feel too out of breath. Two years ago I would have struggled to even get up that hill, let alone run it!

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