By Tui Benjamin
A takeaway addict who spent up to £200 a WEEK binging on pizza now flaunts her stunning size eight figure after shedding nearly six stone.
Chelsea Pateman, 23, would splash £40 to £50 per order on home delivery Pizza Hut orders with husband Matt and the pair enjoyed gorging on fast food up to four times a week.
But the early years practitioner’s junk food habit, which also saw her scoff more than half a loaf of white bread, four chocolate bars and four packets of crisps a day, meant she ballooned a size 22.
Chelsea, from Crewe, Cheshire, was mortified when she saw pictures of her ‘huge’ bulk after a holiday to Poland – and was inspired to lose an amazing 5st 9lbs in just 15 months.
The stepmum-of-one said: “Matt and I were comfortable in our relationship and we used to binge eat on unhealthy food together.
“We had takeaways all the time, ordering up to four times a week. We would spend at least £20 a time but if we were ordering from Pizza Hut we would easily spend £40 or £50.
“We would buy a large pizza or meal each, an extra meal to share, all the sides we wanted and desserts too.
“We wasted a lot of money on takeaways – it is shocking to think about now.
“Once Matt had gone to work at night I would think nothing of eating four chocolate bars or making cheese on toast and sandwiches on thick white bread.
“I was always snacking and had no proper routine at all. I never did exercise. Everything I ate was unhealthy and I could eat and eat and never feel sick.
“I was completely addicted to takeaways and whenever I had a meal I would always follow it with crisps and chocolate because I craved it and once I had one I always had to have the other.
“Matt has always loved me and said I looked beautiful but when I think back I must have looked huge to everyone, I was massively overweight.”
Chelsea enjoyed home-cooked meals when she lived with her parents but said when she lost her routine as a student and moved in with railway worker husband Matt, 40, she piled on the pounds.
Soon the coach potato’s weight rose to 14st 7lbs and she wore a size 20 to 22 but was heartbroken at how big she looked in photos from her holiday to Poland in May 2014.
Chelsea, who has polycystic ovary syndrome, a symptom of which is weight gain, joined Slimming World in July the same year and began losing weight at the rate of about a stone a month.
Matt popped the question in September 2014 and in December the same year she married her partner of five years in a size 12 corset top wedding dress she never thought she would fit into.
By November 2015 svelte Chelsea had reached her lowest weight of 8st 8lbs and now wears slinky size eight to 10 clothes although in some styles she even fits into a size six.
She enjoyed a family holiday to Majorca in April last year where she wore shorts and a bikini for the first time ever after covering up in leggings on previous beach breaks.
Chelsea, who now works out three times a week and enjoys cooking healthy Slimming World curries, casseroles and stews, said: “During the holiday to Poland I tried to avoid as many photos as I could.
“The pictures I was in, I looked absolutely huge. That was when I knew I needed to do something – I knew if I didn’t I was just going to get bigger and bigger – so I joined Slimming World.
“After Matt proposed I was determined to slim down for my wedding day and I was really motivated because I had started seeing results.
“If I hadn’t lost the weight I would have had to wear a different wedding dress without a corset top because I hated my arms.
“I can’t even imagine being as excited to walk down the aisle as I was if I’d still been that size, I wouldn’t have wanted to be in any of the wedding pictures.
“Last year’s holiday was the first time I had ever worn a bikini and shorts, I used to wear leggings on the beach and on a previous holiday had to buy cycling shorts for under my dress because my inner thighs were chafing so badly while I walked.
“Now I look back at pictures of myself and can’t believe that was me. Everyone says it’s amazing and they can’t believe how well I have done but I can’t really remember being that big any more – all I have now are photographs to remind me.
“I feel a million times better, I am far healthier and happier, more confident and have more energy – I couldn’t imagine being that person now.
“I used to cover up to hide the parts of my body I hated but now as a size eight to 10 I can go into any shop and buy whatever I want so I wear different clothes now.
“I am a big eater and I like to eat big portions which is why Slimming World is perfect because you can fill yourself up.”
CHELSEA’S DAILY DIET: BEFORE
BREAKFAST: Bacon sandwich on two slices of white bread, big bowl of Coco Pops or skipped breakfast.
LUNCH: Two ham sandwiches on four slices of white bread, two packets of crisps and a big bar of chocolate.
DINNER: Takeaway curry with rice, chips, poppadums and naan bread, large Pizza Hut pizza with sides or pie and chips.
SNACKS: Two more chocolate bars, two more packets of crisps and cheese on toast on two slices of white bread.
DRINKS: Three cans of Coca Cola a day, Vimto.
CHELSEA’S DAILY DIET: AFTER
BREAKFAST: Fruit and yoghurt, poached eggs on wholemeal toast or a cooked breakfast with bacon with the fat removed.
LUNCH: Ham sandwich with two slices of wholemeal bread or thins.
DINNER: Slimming World recipe curries, stews, casseroles, chillis and roasts cooked from scratch.
SNACKS: Yoghurt, fruit, cereal bars.
DRINKS: Water, coffee, one can of diet fizzy drink a day.
To find your nearest Slimming World group call 0344 897 8000 or log on to www.slimmingworld.co.uk