Obese mum sheds 10 stone after she thought her son was sitting on a bean bag – but it was her KNEE

A MUM was determined to lose weight after seeing a snap of her son sitting on what she thought was a bean bag, but it turned out to be her knee.

Lauren Hinchliffe, 30, from Sheffield, has now shed 10 stone by giving her diet an overhaul – completely cutting out takeaways chocolate and crisps for pasta.

The 30-year-old had struggled with her weight for years, and after she ballooned to 20 stone, she finally decided to act.

When Lauren first saw the photo with her son she was convinced he was sat on a pillow or bean bag, but with a second take noticed it was in fact her knee.

Lauren said: "I had been wanting to lose weight for a long time.

"I had always struggled with my weight since being a little girl and I
have always been on the bigger side.

"Eventually one thing after another I developed gallstones and other
health issues.

"In Christmas 2018 I had some photos taken and I was looking through
them and I noticed one where my son looked to be sitting on a bean
bag, but then I realised he was actually sat on my knee.

"I thought to myself that he would be starting school soon and I
didn't want to be the overweight mum taking him to school.

"So I thought to myself that I had to do something. I started to lose
weight on my own at first but eventually I started to struggle.

"My sister said that she was going to Slimming World so I thought that
I would give it a try."

So in March 2019 she joined her first group and in the first week
Lauren managed to shed seven and a half pounds and then another seven
pounds the week after.

Lauren added: "I just had it in my head that I wanted to lose the weight.

"After that it was just so easy to stick to it and for it to drop off.

"I can't begin to explaining how amazing I felt after losing the
weight. Little things like I actually started to check my reflection
in the mirror for the first time in a long time.

"It has also made me realise just how bad my mental health was as
well. I never used to leave the house, I would leave once a week to go
an pick my son up from nursery but that was it.

What Lauren eats in a day


Breakfast: Nothing

Lunch: Pot Noodle

Dinner: Takeaway or microwave meal

Snacks: Chocolate and crisps


Breakfast: Porridge or cereal

Lunch: Pitta bread with salad

Dinner: Pasta or Slimming World chips with chicken

Snacks: Fruit

"Now there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not outside."

Lauren became a consultant for Slimming World as she said that she
just wanted to pass on how amazing she felt to someone else.

Now she runs three classes in the Sheffield area.

Her mum Zena, 59, joined up after seeing the change in her daughter
and has since shed almost four stone.

Lauren urged anyone struggling with diets not to give up. She said:
“It has made such a difference to my life.”

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