A FAT-FIGHTING mother and son have lost just over 14 stone between them – the equivalent of 89 bags of sugar.
Liz Bent, 54, and Stephen Jones, 25, from Burton, attend weight loss classes together at the town’s library every week. Liz has lost more than eight stone and Stephen has lost more than six.
Stephen was more than 21 stone when a visit to the doctor prompted him to tackle his weight. He said: “I never really bothered. I went to the doctors and found out I had high blood pressure and cholesterol. My friend had just joined WeightWatchers and said I should go with her. It’s been quite easy but I’ve had to change a hell of a lot. All the cooking is done from scratch, not ready meals. I have learnt a lot.
“Before I would have really large portions, like belly pork. When I first went to WeightWatchers I found out I was eating an entire day’s worth of points in part of a meal. I haven’t touched it since.”
Stephen has lost 14 inches off his waist and has a wardrobe full of clothes that are now too big for him.
He said: “I’m lighter now than when I was in my early teens.”
His mum Liz, who went on her first diet at the age of five, said: “We have done it all through WeightWatchers over 20 months, so we have done it slowly. We have really supportive leaders.”
She said they were still on a journey rather than at the end of their weight loss mission.
She said: “I was in denial way too long; we both started for different reasons.
“It alters your life completely.
“The difficulty is we didn’t eat loads before. Over the years you pick up habits – I didn’t have to eat much to put on weight. We would have large meals but we didn’t have crisps and snacks in the house. We just accepted before that we put weight on easily and that was our make-up.”
She said subtle changes have made the difference when it comes to shifting the pounds. For example converting to skimmed milk instead of semi-skimmed, having brown rice instead of white and choosing whole wheat pasta.
Liz, who said she had always been big, had tried a number of slimming groups previously but they proved to be uninspiring, but the support from WeightWatchers had been a big help.
She added: “When we do the weekly shop we plan meals for a week ahead. We can’t have anything in the trolley that isn’t slimming. We will plan what we are having for breakfast, lunch and tea. Both of us have done it together and supported each other.”