A bride dropped five dress sizes – and five stones – for her wedding day.
Liz Evans lost the weight in less than eight months meaning she could tie the knot in a size eight dress rather than a size 18.
The 27-year-old, who once weighed more than 14 stone, has now been named Slimming World’s Miss Slinky 2013.
Prior to her wedding, she described herself as fat, frumpy and “uncomfortable in my own skin”.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy myself,” she said. “I knew my fiance Fran loved me whatever size I was but I was determined that I wasn’t going to feel that way on my wedding day, so on January 3 I went along to my first Slimming World group.
“After losing five stone I felt fantastic on the day in August and even wore a bikini on my honeymoon, but the best thing is that I finally feel normal.”
Mrs Evans, from Liverpool, began to battle with her weight in her teens. She is now the lightest she has been since school.
“When I started high school, I stopped doing ballet and going swimming and I’d buy chocolate and crisps from the vending machines,” she said.
“After leaving school, I made the excuse that I was too busy to eat healthily and my weight went up and up.”
The extra pounds began to take their toll on her health and Mrs Evans suffered from high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
The admin assistant for Jaguar, who is studying to become a midwife, now weighs eight stone 13lb.
She said the weight loss programme completely changed her life.
“Doing 13-hour shifts and being on my feet all day as a student midwife was horrendous,” she added. “But now it’s much easier and I don’t feel like a hypocrite when I’m talking to mums-to-be about healthy eating and nutrition.”