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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian woman's amazing weight loss

A slimmer has been hailed an inspiration after her weight loss changed her life.

Bryony Harding photo
Bryony Harding, right, with Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington

Bryony Harding, of Wigton, has shed 4st 2.5lbs since last October – dropping from 14st 13.5lbs to 10st 11lbs.

The 21-year-old’s efforts have seen her reach the finals of a national slimming competition where she met Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.

Bryony was chosen by fellow members of the Wigton Slimming World group for the Young Slimmer of the Year awards.

The event is held to mark the achievements of young people aged 16 to 21 in making long-term lifestyle changes to become fitter, happier and healthier.

Bryony said she got involved with the slimming group as she used to feel different because of her size and it affected her confidence.

She began changing her eating habits and making healthy choices and the weight soon started to fall off.

“I picked up lots of recipes and tips in the group – I’m actually not a bad cook now,” said Bryony.

“And the encouragement from the other members and my consultant Liz really kept me going, even if I had a difficult week.”

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington praised Bryony for her hard work after meeting her.

She said: “I loved meeting all the young people at the competition, including Bryony.

“The young slimmers I met, like Bryony, have shown that their health is important to them and that given the right tools it is possible to make positive changes whatever your age.”

Liz Hussein, who runs the Wigton Slimming World group, described Bryony as a “ray of sunshine”.

She added: “Everyone is so proud of her. What she’s achieved is so much more than just losing weight.

“It’s given her the self-belief and confidence to achieve her dreams.”

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