An obese woman who dreamed of becoming a mother has revealed how she lost 2st in a month using a ‘meal replacement shake plan’ in a bid to be placed on the IVF waiting list.
Appearing on tonight’s Save Money, Lose Weight, Sarah, 34, from London, was overcome with emotion when she told how she was determined to shed 4 or 5 stone to fulfill her dream of starting a family.
She tipped the scales at 20st 10lb, but followed the Nuut meal replacement shake plan, which costs £140 for 28 days to shed the pounds.
Despite feeling exhausted and constipated from the plan, her determination paid off and she was left crying with happiness after an impressive 2st weight loss in just a month.
Sarah, 34, from London, who dreamed of becoming a mother, has revealed how she lost 2st in a month using a ‘meal replacement shake plan’ in a bid to be placed on the IVF waiting list (pictured before her weight loss)
Sarah lost an incredible 2 stone after embarking on her 28 day shake replacement meal plan (pictured left, before her weight loss at 20st 10lb, and right, after her weight loss at 18st 10lb)
The self-confessed serial dieter, who works as a nanny, wiped away tears during the show as she described her longing to start her own family.
She tearfully said: ‘I want to have a child. It’s time for me to have my own family. I’ve got to lose 4 or 5 stone to be on the IVF waiting list.
‘I need to do this now for me.’
Sarah, who is one of 12 to road-test a diet throughout the series, swapped meals for replacement shakes during the month-long diet.
Appearing on tonight’s Save Money, Lose Weight, the nanny wiped away tears as she talked about her dream of becoming a mother
Throughout her month of dieting, Sarah found trips to her local football club in Wimbledon particularly difficult, as she admitted she was used to gorging on chips before the game
The low-carb blended shakes are formulated with natural ingredients, and contain plenty of protein and fats, plus pre and probiotics to keep blood sugar and energy levels stable.
She coupled her diet with eating healthy, low-calorie dishes and also ditched alcohol.
Who qualifies for NHS-funded IVF treatment
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility guidelines make recommendations about who should have access to IVF treatment on the NHS in England and Wales.
These guidelines recommended that IVF should be offered to women under the age of 43 who have been trying to get pregnant through regular unprotected sex for 2 years, or who have had 12 cycles of artificial insemination.
However, the final decision about who can have NHS-funded IVF in England is made by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and their criteria may be stricter than those recommended by NICE.
If you’re not eligible for NHS treatment, or you decide to pay for IVF, you can have treatment at a private clinic. Costs vary, but 1 cycle of treatment may cost up to £5,000 or more.
She confessed: ‘I’ve probably tried every diet out there…Soup diets, mushroom diets, Weight Watchers…I wanted something drastic – this is something drastic.’
Throughout her month of dieting, Sarah found trips to her local football club in Wimbledon particularly difficult, where she was used to gorging on chips before the game, burgers at half time, followed by beer at the pub.
Instead, she swapped fatty foods for shakes and home-cooked meals for two days, before consuming three shakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the third day.
The diet wasn’t without its struggles, with Sarah admitting she was often ‘tired’, ‘moody’ and constipated while embarking on the four-week plan.
But the nanny’s hard work and determination paid off when she finally stepped on the scales after 28 days.
She could hardly contain her emotion and burst into tears when she found out she’d lost an incredible 2 stone on the diet.
Sarah, who now weighs 18 stone 10 pounds, exclaimed: ‘I’ve lost 2st. I can’t put it into words how much it means.
‘I’ve got another three stone to lose but I can actually go to the hospital now and say I’ve lost the two. I didn’t expect to lose that in 28 days.’
The nanny was amazed to have lost 2 stone in just 28 days after trying out the meal replacement plan (pictured left, before, and right, after)
At the end of the month she was ecstatic to learn she had lost 2 stone, and said she never expected to lose so much in just 28 days