A 36-year-old 25 stone nurse has lost half her body weight and now looks totally unrecognizable.
Watch the woman who lost half of her body weight
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Vanessa Brennan, from Las Vegas, US, weighed 25st 7lbs but decided to lose weight after realizing that she’d end up bedbound if she kept on eating food.
Vanessa said: “I was addicted to food, I would eat when I was happy and eat when I was sad for comfort, it was a vicious cycle. I was self-sabotaging; I would eat a cake or two and feel terrible for eating them so then have another two.”
“Some people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, my addiction was food, but my problem is I need my addiction to live on.”
She decided to change her lifestyle and began working out. She lost 3 stones and then met her fiancé Muhammad Mughal who would take her on dates to restaurants or they would have a cosy night in with a takeaway.
She started becoming heavier again and promised herself to continue her weight loss journey.
Within 18 months, she lost ten stones by working out and following a healthy diet. In 2014, she underwent a tummy tuck and arms reduction.
She said: “I knew the gym would be hard and changing my diet, but I never knew how hard it would be to mentally deal with the trauma my weight had caused me over the years.”
“Even after losing all the weight, my mind wasn’t able to adjust to my new body as I was so used to being the ‘fat funny girl with such a pretty face’. Previously If I had a bad meal, I would start again on Monday but now if I have one, I jump straight back on it with a healthy meal for the next.”
“There is no more putting myself down or saying I ‘can’t do it’ because I know I can so I will continue to maintain a healthy weight.”
She says she now can tie her shoes and walk up a flight of stairs with no problems.
Vanessa now visits the gym six times a week and wants to encourage others to lose weight naturally by sharing her story.
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