British chef Matt Brady and his girlfriend Hannah made a promise to each other when they got engaged. They vowed to lose 60kgs before their wedding day – and, not only did they do it (two days before wedding, no less), the results are quite extraordinary.
Matt, whose job as a chef saw him eating more than he was happy with, says his self-esteem hit rock bottom and he hated having his picture taken.
He told London’s Daily Mail, “My (now) wife Hannah and I both piled on weight in our late teens. We’d started earning our own money and most of it went on takeaways and nights out.
“Getting a job as a chef didn’t help. I spent my days picking at food and could easily eat three or four times a day at work. I was a lot less active than I had been when I was younger, too – and it showed.
“On the one hand, I was really happy and secure with Hannah. On the other, my confidence had taken a real nosedive and I was very self-conscious about my size. I had to buy XXL clothes online and I hated seeing photographs of myself – there’s a picture of me at a wedding and I swear I’ve got three chins,” says the 23-year-old groom.
The couple joined UK-based weight loss group Slimming World and changed their entire way of life. They modified the style and type of food they ate and added daily exercise – and the weight started to drop off quickly.
By the time of their wedding, Matt and Hannah had lost a whopping 60kgs between them – and their wedding pictures reflect their happiness beautifully.
Matt, who lost a total of 42kgms, says, “Now we both have so much more energy and confidence. We’re excited about starting our married life together.”
The bride, Hannah, lost 18kgs.
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Matt and Hannah’s complete story can be read in the October 2014 edition of Slimming World
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