A 22 stone woman who was told by her ex-boyfriend nobody would ever fancy her has lost more than half her body-weight.
Beauty manager Nicola Sproat, 34, from Glasgow struggled with her weight since she was a teenager and tried every type of diet without managing to lose more than a few pounds.
She often overheard passers-by say things like ‘check out the size of her’ and so began comfort-eating – two bacon rolls for breakfast followed by an entire pack of Oreo biscuits as a morning ‘snack’ – became the norm.
However after her ex-boyfriend made a comment about her body being unattractive, Nicola began embarked on a weight loss journey.
Ten months after embarking on her quest to lose weight, the beauty manager now weighs 10st 11lbs, and is happily single.
Beauty manager Nicola Sproat, 34, from Glasgow, is loving life after shedding more than half her body weight
At 22st, Nicola felt so unhappy about her size that she avoided socialising, which in turn made her more depressed, and she turned to food for comfort
Nicola had always endured cruel comments from strangers, but the callous remark from her partner of two years was the motivation to make a change.
The relationship ended weeks later and that was the catalyst for Nicola to embark on the incredible 10-month journey which led to her shedding more than 12-stones.
Now she tips the scales at a trim 10st 11lbs and happily hits the town in a tight-fitting size 10 dress.
She began in late January this year by cutting out all high fat, calorific food and drinks from her diet and also started taking a health supplement called PhenQ which a friend of her mum’s recommended.
Within a couple of weeks, she started to realise she had more energy and around a month later her weight had dropped by a stone.
Transformation! Nicola says that she’s learned how to love herself, and is happy being on her own after losing more than 12st (right)
Glamorous: Now Nicola tips the scales at a trim 10st 11lbs and happily hits the town in a tight-fitting size 10 dress
Nicola from Glasgow said: ‘I’d heard strangers say things about my weight as they walked past me. That was hurtful enough.
‘But when my then partner told me no other man would ever find my body attractive, that was the point I realised I had to do something.
‘It would have been fine, and a lot easier to take if I was happy.
‘Perhaps I would have been able to take it if I was that size and brimming with confidence, but the truth was I was miserable.
‘But I was extremely depressed with my weight and found life really hard.
‘I’d have little energy to enjoy things and rarely socialised.
‘When I did socialise, I was always seen as ‘the fat, funny friend’. I had a very low opinion of myself and so stopped going out.
Now that Nicola has her confidence back, she has started dating again – after splitting from partner who told her that no other man would fancy her when she was 22st
‘Being out with friends interested me less and less and I became really lonely.
‘I would just sit at home and scoff my face.
‘I’ve struggled with my weight for 18 years and over that time I’ve tried every diet imaginable.
‘But I could never satisfy my cravings for snacks and never felt full.’
Nicola even says she feared for her life at one point as she ballooned to a size 22.
She added: ‘I found dieting just didn’t get the results, I’d always have a craving for snacks which made it hard to lose weight.
‘With every failed diet I felt lower and lower. At times I honestly thought I wouldn’t reach my 30s.’
At her heaviest Nicola thought nothing of washing down her breakfast with a calorific 500ml bottle of full fat Coca Cola.
Lunch often consisted of a sandwich on white bread, at least one Grab Bag of crisps, another 500ml bottle of Coke and a chocolate bar.
Nicola said that at her heaviest, she feared she would not live to see her 30s (left). Now, she is brimming with confidence after adopting a healthy diet and losing more than 12st (right)
Dinner featured a ‘starter’ of two more packets of crisps, followed by a huge plate of pasta and meat, drowning in thick creamy sauce.
Now she gets by with a small bowl of porridge with a teaspoon of Nutella and a cup of tea for breakfast, followed by one PhenQ tablet.
The pack of Oreos has been replaced by two boiled eggs.
Lunch is a sushi selection and a side of chicken bits with fruit, then one PhenQ supplement.
And dinner is now grilled chicken with vegetables and a side dish of noodles.
Nicola’s diet before
Snacks – Pack of Oreo biscuits with latte
Lunch – Sandwich meal deal with crisps and 500ml bottle of Coke and a chocolate bar
Dinner – Two packs crisps, large portion of creamy Cajun chicken pasta
Nicola’s diet after
Breakfast – One PhenQ supplement. Porridge with Nutella and a cup of tea
Snacks – Two boiled eggs
Lunch – One PhenQ supplement. Sushi selection, chicken pieces and fruit
Dinner – Chicken with vegetable and side of noodles
Nicola added: ‘I got to a point where I needed to do something, and I needed that extra bit of help as I couldn’t satisfy my cravings or ever feel full.
‘My mum’s friend recommended PhenQ to me as it helped her lose weight.
‘I wasn’t sure it was going to work but after just a few weeks I felt a difference. I sceptically started taking it in January, by February I’d lost over a stone.
‘The biggest difference between PhenQ and other weight loss aids I’ve used is it targets weight loss in five different ways.
‘It curbs hunger so there is no more snacking, and it boosts your metabolism, increases energy levels, has no side effects and also has mood-boosting properties.
‘Now I feel incredible. I’ve never felt this good. I feel full of energy, I can enjoy the food I have without over-indulging.
‘I’m healthy and feel I look forward to my future now. My weight was holding me back from doing things I wanted to do.
‘I have even found love in myself. I used to put myself down and never felt ‘good enough’ and why would anyone want to be with me. I was always the fat funny friend.
‘Now I’ve got my confidence back and I’ve also started dating again.’