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Crowned as Slimming World's Woman Of The Year 2015, Cheryl Blythe defied medical advice to undergo weight loss surgery – in favour of simply adopting a healthier lifestyle. 

The 33-year-old’s unhealthy lifestyle included skipping breakfast and feasting on her food of choice: a burger topped with doner kebab meat.

She regularly gorged on large chocolate bars, baguettes and cheesy chips – and would polish off a full pack of biscuits as a snack.

The mother-of-two was advised by doctors that she should consider a gastric band and that if she did not lose weight, she would be dead or at least confined to a wheelchair by aged 45.

On a day out with friends, Cheryl, who lives in Essex, realised just how much her weight affected her daily life.

Cheryl has now revealed: “My weight affected everything we did that day — my back was so painful, we had to keep stopping when we were walking so I could catch my breath, I couldn’t fit in some chairs because they were too small, and I felt like everyone was staring at me the whole time.”

Cheryl pinpoints her teenage pregnancy as the catalyst for her radical weight gain, which ballooned throughout her 20s.

“I knew my health wasn’t good and the things I heard from my doctor scared me, but I always prioritised other people.”

Following her transformation, Cheryl has lost 14st 3lb, reducing her weight from 24st 3lb to an amazing 10st.

And, as listed below, Ms  Blythe began her epic weight loss journey by swapping foods loaded with carbs and sugar with home cooked meals and sensible snacks…



  • Breakfast – nothing.
  • Lunch – half a baguette filled with chicken and mayonnaise, a big bag of crisps and four chocolate bars.
  • Dinner – half-pounder cheese burger with doner meat on top and a portion of cheesy chips.
  • Snacks – large chocolate bars, share-size bags of crisps and whole packs of biscuits.


  • Breakfast – grilled lean bacon (visible fat removed), tomatoes and mushrooms with two poached eggs.
  • Lunch – jacket potato topped with home-made chilli con carne.
  • Dinner – home-made spaghetti Bolognese topped with 40g grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese.
  • Snacks – fresh fruit, fat-free yoghurts, a small chocolate bar and an individual-sized bag of Walker's Quavers.



A new study found that people who live in colder climates are at a higher risk of becoming obese and it’s not because they eat their weight to survive the cold weather.

Scientists believe that the reason for this is that the bacteria responsible for increasing someone’s chances of becoming obese live in the lowest temperatures.

In the study of over 1,000 people from 23 countries, it was found that those who live further from the equator have more of the bad bugs and less of the fat-busting ones – how unfortunate!

Lead author of the study said:  “We found a trend that humans living in colder regions tend to have more obese-associated gut microbial community compared to warmer regions.”

This means that the body adapts to colder climates by increasing body fat, so is anyone up for an extended trip to Aussie?


If indulging in a Big Mac didn’t make you feel guilty before, it probably will now.

A new study has found that every fast food meal a person eats increases their BMI by 0.03 points.

Now that may not seem like a lot, but if you’re a regular at the local chipper, you can just imagine how terribly your BMI increases after only a week.

Generally, a person with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered to be a healthy weight, those between 25 to 29.9 are considered to be overweight and a BMI of more than 30 is classed as obese.

The researchers involved in the study think that the government can help reverse the obesity epidemic by regulating how fast food is being advertised as well as giving people economic incentives to encourage companies to sell healthier foods.

But for the meantime, it looks like you’ll just have to think twice before ordering another take away because those 0.03 points will eventually add up…